Professor Jian-Bo Yang

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Over the last 20 years, Professor Yang has been conducting research in the areas of 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 design and operation decision making in engineering systems, quality modelling and assessment of food and drink products, organisational performance measurement and assessment, risk and safety analysis, supply chain modelling and analysis, and environmental impact analysis. 

As principal investigator or co-principal investigator, he has been awarded over fourteen major research projects by national and international funding bodies with a total value of over £1.2m since 2001, including eight research projects funded by EPSRC, one by EC, one by DEFRA, one by ESRC, two by the Hong Kong Research Grant Council and one by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, and supervising a number of research fellows, research associates and PhD/MPhil research students. He has collaborated with many organisations in research projects and consultancy. He has published three books and about one hundred and thirty papers in journals and a similar number of 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. Note that it is illegal to use this free version of the IDS software for any 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 .

Professor Yang was given the Science and Technology Award for Young Scientists and Engineers by the China Association for Science and Technology in 1988 and Research Fellowships by British Council and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany in early 1990's. He is Fellow of the UK Operational Research Society and a member of the Systems Engineering Society of China. He is an Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics - Part A: Systems and Humans and on the editorial boards of several other international journals. He is a member of the UK EPSRC Peer Review College.

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Collaborative research has been carried out with many organisations including: