September 12, 2013, by Graham Kendall

Professor Bob John: ASAP and Type 2 Fuzzy Logic

The ASAP (Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research) Group has recently apointed Professor Bob John as a Professor in the group and he has also taken over as head of the group.

The ASAP group ( I should declare a conflict of interest in promoting the group as I am a member, was deputy head for a number of years and also was head of group for a while during a transition period), is based in Compter Science and has members across all three campuses. The group focuses on solving difficult real world problems. The blurb for the ASAP group is as follows.

asap-logoThe Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning (ASAP) research group carries out multi-disciplinary research into mathematical models and algorithms for a variety of real world optimisation problems. ASAP research work aims to set the following research directions on the international agenda:

  • Modelling the complexity and uncertainty inherent in complex, real-world problems across a wide range of application areas including airport optimization, cutting and packing, educational timetabling, healthcare, network routing, personnel scheduling, portfolio optimization, production scheduling/rescheduling, public transport optimization, space allocation, transportation logistics optimization and vehicle routing.
  • Developing intelligent systems that can automatically aid the design and implementation of more efficient, effective, reusable, easier-to-implement/deploy/use general computational search methods that are applicable to a range of real-world problems.
  • Developing rigorous mathematical theories for a more profound understanding of real world problems and effective design of intelligent decision support systems.

Our expertise in Computer Science and Operational Research allows us to bring a unique and novel perspective to traditional Operational Research problems, and also to bring new real-world problems to the Computer Science community.


Bob visited Malaysia this week and as well as participating in an AKEPT event he also gave a seminar on his research area (Type 2 Fuzzy Logic), as well as talking about the ASAP group.

If you have an interest in this topic, or Operations Research, Evolutionary Computation etc. then Bob might be a good person to make contact with.

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