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22 January 2008
A £13M initiative brings Cardiff University together with the Universities of Lancaster, Nottingham and Southampton to develop world-leading work in the field of Operational Research.
Operational Research uses advanced analytical methods, including mathematical and computer modelling, to arrive at the best solutions to complex problems. It is widely used in healthcare, industry, finance and defence. Operational Research techniques are used, for example, in airport scheduling, road traffic management, freight logistics and numerous other areas of modern life.
The initiative by the four Universities - together known as ‘LANCS’ - is supported with a Science and Innovation Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). This is the third such award won by Cardiff. LANCS will bring about a significant expansion of the national research base in Operational Research to build new research capacity and help UK industry to compete in the global market.
Professor Russell Davies, Head of the Cardiff School of Mathematics said: "This far-sighted initiative aims to establish theoretical advances in the field relevant to real applications. In the LANCS initiative, four universities including Cardiff at the forefront of UK research in Operational Research have committed to a major expansion of research capacity in its theoretical foundations, supported by the additional resources available as a result of this current Science and Innovation award."
Professor Jeff Griffiths, the lead person in Cardiff's bid, said "I have been working in the field of Operational Research since 1961, and it is a pleasure to record that Operational Research has at last been recognised in this way as a vital contributor to the economy and the country's industrial base. This is by far the largest grant that has ever been awarded in the UK for Operational Research. The input to Operational Research in Cardiff will be in excess of £3M, and this will enable us to appoint several new lecturers, post docs, and PhD students in order to sustain capacity and maintain Cardiff's reputation as a leading centre".
Science and Innovation Awards were introduced by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council in 2005 to support strategically important areas of research. This award is the third to Cardiff University of the four Science and Innovation Awards to date. The School of Engineering received £3.8 million to create a Centre for Integrated Renewable Energy Generation and Supply (CIREGS) and the School of Chemistry won a grant of £4.2 million for the Cardiff Centre for Physical Organic Chemistry
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