Professor Jian-Bo Yang

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Research Activities

Over the last 30 years, Professor Yang has been conducting research in the areas of evidential reasoning theory, likelihood analysis of data, probabilistic rule based modelling and optimisation, interpretable machine learning, multiple criteria decision analysis using both quantitative and qualitative information with uncertainties, hybrid decision methodologies using techniques from systems theory, operational research and artificial intelligence, multiple objective optimisation, linear and nonlinear programming, intelligent decision support systems, dynamic programming, and dynamic system modelling, simulation and control of engineering and management systems. The current application areas cover legal and insurance services, financial technology and services, healthcare, smart transportation, efficiency and productivity analysis, supply chain modelling and analysis, design and operation decision making in engineering systems, quality modelling and assessment of products, organisational performance measurement and assessment, risk and safety analysis, and environmental impact analysis. 

As principal investigator or co-principal investigator, he has been awarded over 60 major research projects by national and international funding bodies with a total value of over £6m since 2000, including EPSRC, EC, DEFRA, ESRC, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Hong Kong Research Grant Council and industry, and supervised many research fellows, research associates and PhD/DBA/MPhil research students. He has collaborated with many organisations in research projects and consultancy. He has published four books and over 220 journal papers, over 30 book chapter papers and over 210 papers presented at conferences. He has also designed and developed several large software packages including the Windows-based Intelligent Decision Systems (IDS) for multiple criteria decision analysis (MCDA) and cost estimation of complex projects. The free version of the IDS software can be downloaded for research and study purposes by clicking "IDS Student Version for MCDA and Performance Assessment" (a 10 MB zipped file with the IDS software setup programme, user manual and setup instruction). This version can handle up to 50 criteria, appropriate for research and study purposes, although it is not appropriate to use this free version of the IDS software for commercial purpose. The commercial version of the IDS software can handle an unlimited number of criteria and alternatives and can be purchased by sending email to .

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