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Dr Jonathan Thompson

Dr Jonathan Thompson

Director of Learning and Teaching

School of Mathematics

+44 (0)29 2087 5524
M/0.27, Ground Floor, Mathematics Institute, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG

My research interests include graphic theoretic modelling, meta-heuristics (particularly ant systems, genetic algorithms and simulated annealing) and scheduling problems (examination scheduling, sports fixture scheduling and manpower planning).

Research group

Administrative duties

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Year One Director of Studies
  • Marketing of Degree schemes
  • Prospectus (undergraduate)
  • University Open Day co-ordinator
  • Chair of Schools Admissions Committee
  • Member of School Management Board
  • Member of School Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Member of School IT committee
  • Member of School Staff/Student Panel
  • Member of Statistics / OR Subject Panel

Previous positions

  • Lecturer in Statistics and Operational Research, Edinburgh University, 1996-7
  • Research Assistant,  Swansea University, 1994-6.

Other projects

Dr Jonathan Thompson has also completed projects with several companies including WH Smiths, John Menzies and the International Rugby Board. He  is an active researcher in the areas of heuristics, and particularly in timetabling, manpower planning and scheduling. He has recently extended his research to vehicle routing problems and in particular, real time routing. He is currently a member of the organising committee of the OR49 conference held in Edinburgh this September. He has organised several streams on scheduling at OR conferences. He is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Operational Research and on the Programme Committee for several conferences such as GECCO, PPSN and PATAT.












Undergraduate - Autumn semester

  • MA0358 Mathematical Programming

Postgraduate - Autumn semester

  • MAT001 OR Methods

Postgraduate students

Graduated (since 2000)

  • Nick Pugh - Ants for Examination Timetabling (2004)
  • David Parr - A comparison of solution methods for the nurse scheduling problem (2004)
  • Steven Casey - A comparison of methods for the examination timetabling problem (2005)
  • Max Wallace - The Dynamic Vehicle Routing Problem (2007)
  • Melissa Goodman - Construction-Based Metaheuristics for Personnel Scheduling problems (2008)
  • Vicky Reynish - An Investigation into the University Timetabling Problem (2008)
  • Penny Holborn - Optimisation Method for Dynamic Operational Research Problems (2013)
  • Lisa Taylor


  • Mr Bradley Hardy
  • Mr Wasin Padungwech

External funding since 2000

  • Two projects with The Office of National Statistics to investigate the Cell Suppression Problem (2005 and 2006).

Major conference talks since 2004

  • 2007 – The Operational Research Society Conference, Edinburgh, UK – The Dynamic Vehicle Routing Problem
  • 2006 – The Operational Research Society Conference, Bath, UK – GRASP for the nurse scheduling problem
  • 2004 - Combinatorial Optimisation, Lancaster, UK - Ants for graph colouring


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