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Decision and data analytics research

Explore our work in decision and data analytics, 1 of our areas of expertise in Operational Research and Logistics

Through our decision and data analytics research, we grapple with questions such as how to improve the design of maintenance operations at offshore wind farms, how to ensure the safe flow of passengers through a railway station, and where to place robotic devices for cancer treatment. We help decision makers, in sectors including transport, logistics and healthcare, to analyse increasing amounts of complex data to answer challenging questions like these.

We help visualise and conceptualise data, predict how trends may develop or change, and recommend decisions based on the results of our analysis. We also use our analytics expertise to design decision support systems.

We are part of the network of Catapult Centres of Excellence across the UK: world-leading centres designed to drive innovation and economic growth in transport, satellite applications and offshore renewable energy. The Centres are funded the UK government under the Innovate UK organisation as a response to an increasing need to use satellite data and technologies to help businesses create new ideas and propel growth.

Our research is cross-disciplinary and has received funding from national and international bodies including Innovate UK, the Rail Safety Standards Board, Research Councils UK, the European Commission and Interreg Europe. Our work is also regularly published in leading academic journals in the field, including the European Journal of Operational Research, the Journal of the Operational Research Society, and Expert Systems with Applications. 

Our research covers the following topics


  • Predictive analytics, including forecasting and pattern recognition
  • Descriptive analytics
  • Prescriptive analytics
  • Statistical techniques
  • Decision support system design

Project highlights

  • The Cooperative Brachytherapy (CoBra) project

    This project, funded by The European Union Interreg (2 Seas) programme, aimed to improve the quality of diagnosis and treatment of localised cancers, increase cure rates and minimise side effects. We aim to achieve this by developing a new medical robot prototype for brachytherapy and biopsy under guidance of MRI. We analysed a large number of prostate cancer cases to improve access to innovative treatment.

  • The Gatelines project

    We analysed data from crowded railway stations to ensure safety and better passenger experience. This project was funded by the Rail Safety and Standards Board.

  • Arctic and North Atlantic Security and Emergency Preparedness Network (ARCSAR) project

    We analysed safety and security data in the Arctic and North Atlantic caused by melting ice. This project was funded by the European Commission.

Publication highlights

Discover our areas of expertise

Decision and data analytics is 1 of our areas of expertise in the Operational Research and Logistics research area. Explore the others below.

Research groups

We're using our expertise in analytics, system design, simulation, programming, and forecasting to help organisations around the world make better decisions.
We're researching how we can apply quantitative methodologies to improve decision-making across a range of diverse fields of application.
We're researching how to improve industrial performance through the integration of AI in products and services.

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