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Dr Zhening Li

  • Qualifications: BSc MA PhD
  • Role Title: Lecturer
  • Address: LG 1.34, Lion Gate Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth PO1 3HF UK
  • Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 6359
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  • Department: Department of Mathematics
  • Faculty: Faculty of Technology


I am a Lecturer in the Logistics and Operational Research Group in the Department of Mathematics and a member of the Centre for Operational Research and Logistics in the University of Portsmouth. I received BSc degree in Mathematics from Peking University in 1999, MA degree in Mathematics and Financial Engineering from York University in 2003, and PhD degree in Systems Engineering and Engineering Management from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011. I have been a Lecturer at Ningbo Institute of Technology and Shanghai University.

My research is at the interface of Operations Research and Mathematics. In particular, I work on theoretical and computational optimization, algorithm design and analysis, with applications in finance, engineering, game theory, etc. My recent research focuses on algorithms and applications of polynomial optimization, theory and computation methods for tensor optimization models.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Operational Research (M251)
  • Advancing Mathematics (M303)
  • Projects in Mathematics (M305)
  • Stochastic Processes (M322)
  • Planning, Scheduling and Supply Chain Management (M351)
  • Supply Chain Management (M451)


  • Convex and polynomial optimization
  • Theory and applications for tensor optimization
  • Mathematical aspects of Operations Research
  • Applications of optimization in finance, engineering, and game theory

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