Centre for Operational Research and Logistics

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Research Seminar

An Extended Goal Programming Methodology for Analysis of a Network Encompassing Multiple Objectives and Stakeholders

This seminar proposes a goal programming methodology to ensure that a mix of balance and optimisation is achieved across a hierarchical decision network. The extended goal programming principle is used for this purpose. A model is constructed that provides consideration of balance and efficiency of multiple objectives and stakeholders at each network node and network level. A goal programming formulation to provide the decision that best meets the goals of the network is given. The methodology is demonstrated on an example pertaining to regional renewable energy generation and preliminary results are discussed. Preliminary conclusions are drawn as to the effect of different attitudes towards compensatory behaviour between objectives and stakeholders in the network. Connections to others concepts from different fields of Operational Research such as game theory and robustness optimisation are discussed.

Biography: Dylan Jones is a Professor of Operational Research based in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Portsmouth. He is the Director of the Centre of Operational Research and Logistics (CORL). Prof Jones’s main area of expertise is the theory and application of decision problems with multiple conflicting objectives. He has published over 50 scientific articles on this topic and a keynote book on goal programming. Prof Jones has worked extensively on the application of Operational Research in various fields of application including healthcare planning and logistics, management of networks of container ports, the logistics of marine renewable energy, financial portfolio selection, and socio-economic applications such as analysing cinema going behaviour. His work has been funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Royal Society, European Union, Operational Research Society, and Technology Strategy Board. Prof Jones has many international research collaborations but has particular links to Universities in Spain and Brazil.


Prof Dylan Jones, Department of Mathematics, University of Portsmouth


Lion Gate Building, LG 2.01

Date and Time

Thu, 6 Nov 2014, 13:00 - 14:00 (BST)

For further information or any enquiries please contact our event co-ordinator, Jana Ries, at corl@port.ac.uk