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"Learning without thought is labor lost" -- Confucius --

Dario Landa-Silva
BEng, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Associate Professor in Computer Science
Member: ASAP, ORS, INFORMS, HEA
See also CV Outline

Room C83, School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham, Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road, Nottingham NG8 1BB, UK
Tel: +44 (0115) 951 4206
Email: dario.landasilvanottingham.ac.uk
Skype: dario.landasilva

Main Activities:

Most results of my research activity can be found in my Publications. Other work has been on knowledge transfer projects in collaboration with industrial partners, these projects include the application of optimisation techniques and computational intelligence to operational problems such as workforce scheduling, vehicle loading/routing and transport telematics.

In addition to my teaching and student project supervision activities, I also have the role of Postgraduate Research Director in the School of Computer Science.


Teaching and Supervision

Present Teaching

Past Teaching

Research Interests

Interface between computer science, operations research and artificial intelligence for the application of modelling, search and optimisation techniques (e.g. meta-heuristics, hyper-heuristics, evolutionary algorithms, mathematical programming, multi-objective and multi-criteria methods) to tackle constrained combinatorial problems (e.g. office space allocation, space planning, personnel scheduling, timetabling, task assignment, room assignment, vehicle routing, transport planning and similar problems) in order to underpin the development of intelligent decision support systems across a range of real-world applications.


Grants Awarded

Project: Improve Homecare Workforce Utilisation by Developing an Adaptable Software Optimisation Engine that Solves Any Workforce Management Scenario that Includes both Rostering and Routing.
Funded by: KTP Scheme under Project No. KTP9240.
Academic Team: D. Landa-Silva, R. Qu.
Industrial Partner: Webroster Net.
Project Duration: February 2014 - February 2016.
Value of Award: £122,159 (EPSRC,TSB,Webroster).
Date of Award: September 2012.

Project: Energy Efficient Freight Transport Scheduling in Supply Chain Logistics.
Funded by: The Royal Society and NSFC (China) under International Exchanges 2012 NSFC Scheme.
Academic Team: Rong Qu, Ruibin Bai, Jason Atkin, D. Landa-Silva.
Overseas Partner: University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
Project Duration: April 2013 - March 2015.
Value of Award: £11,830 (RS,NSFC).
Date of Award: March 2013.

Project: Optimisation Model Software Development for Rostering and Routing to Improve Home Care Staff Utilisation.
Funded by: University of Nottingham under EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Secondment Scheme.
Academic Team: D. Landa-Silva, Rong Qu.
Industrial Partner: Webroster Net.
Project Duration: July 2012 - September 2012.
Value of Award: £9,871 (EPSRC,UoN).
Date of Award: March 2013.

Project: Plan, Develop and Implement a Telematics Based Predictive Maintenance System for Commercial Vehicles.
Funded by: KTP Scheme under Project No. KTP8667.
Academic Team: G. Kendall, D. Landa-Silva.
Industrial Partner: Microlise Ltd.
Project Duration: April 2012 - April 2014.
Value of Award: £122,562 (EPSRC,TSB,Microlise).
Date of Award: October 2011.

Project: Towards More Effective Computational Search.
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/H000968/1).
Investigators: G. Kendall, N. Krasnogor, J.D. Landa-Silva, S. Petrovic, A. Parkes, R. Qu.
Project Duration: February 2010 - February 2015.
Value of Award: £1,010,976 (EPSRC).
Date of Award: May 2009.

Project: Design, Develop and Implement Modern Heuristic Algorithms for Improved, Adaptive Carrier, Management and Strategic Scheduling.
Funded by: KTP Scheme under Project No. KTP7449.
Academic Team: G. Kendall, D. Landa-Silva.
Industrial Partner: 3T Logistics Ltd.
Project Duration: January 2010 - January 2012.
Value of Award: £124,672 (TSB,3TLogistics).
Date of Award: May 2009.

Project: Developing Next Generation Rostering Software Using Advanced Scheduling Techniques.
Funded by: KTP Scheme under Project No. KTP7074.
Academic Team: E.K. Burke, D. Landa-Silva, R. Qu.
Industrial Partner: Midland Software Ltd.
Project Duration: February 2009 - February 2011.
Value of Award: £111,992 (TSB,MidlandHR).
Date of Award: August 2008.

Project: Towards More Effective Multi-objective Meta-Heuristics to Solve Complex Combinatorial Problems.
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/E019781/1).
Investigators: J.D. Landa-Silva (principal investigator).
Project Duration: June 2007 - May 2010.
Value of Award: £204,877 (EPSRC).
Date of Award: September 2006.

Project: Next Generation Decision Support: Automating the Heuristic Design Process.
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/D061571/1).
Investigators: E.K. Burke (principal investigator), J. Garibaldi, G. Kendall, N. Krasnogor, J.D. Landa-Silva, S. Petrovic, R. Qu.
Project Duration: October 2006 - March 2012.
Value of Award: £2,666,765 (EPSRC).
Date of Award: September 2005.

Project: Adaptive and Multi-objective Heuristic and Meta-heuristic Approaches to Space Allocation.
Funded by: EPSRC (GR/T26115/01).
Investigators: E.K. Burke (principal investigator), G. Kendall, J.D. Landa-Silva, G. Medjdoub.
Project Duration: April 2005 - October 2009.
Value of Award: £205,378 (EPSRC).
Date of Award: September 2004.

Project: Tutorials in Optimisation and Search Methodology: A Workshop at the Interface of Artificial Intelligence and Operational Research.
Funded by: EPSRC and LMS.
Investigators: E.K. Burke (principal investigator), G. Kendall, J.D. Landa-Silva (co-author).
Project Duration: February 2003 - September 2003.
Value of Award: £9,543 (EPSRC,LMS).
Date of Award: December 2002.


Research Collaborators

Research Fellows/Associates
- Rodrigo Pinheiro: Webroster KTP Project on "Homecare Workforce Optimisation Engine for Rostering and Routing" (February 2014 - February 2016)
- Mohammad Mesgarpour: Microlise KTP Project on "Telematics Based Predictive Maintenance" (May 2012 - April 2014)
- Yijun Wang: 3T Logistics KTP Project on "Modern Heuristic Algorithms for Carrier Scheduling" (January 2010 - December 2011)
- Arturo Castillo: Midland HR KTP Project on "Rostering Software Using Advanced Scheduling Techniques" (February 2009 - February 2011)
- Hui Li: Project "Multi-objective Meta-Heuristics" (June 2007 - June 2010)
- German Terrazas Angulo: Project "Nature-inspired Cooperative Hyper-heuristics" (April 2008 - March 2010)

Research Students
Acting as 1st Supervisor for:
- Osman Ibrahim: Evolutionary Computation Techniques for Information Retrieval from Written Documents (Started October 2013)
- Haneen Algethami: Evolutionary Algorithms for Workforce Management (Started March 2013)
- Rodrigo Pinheiro: Evolutionary Algorithms for Home Care Scheduling (Started January 2013)
- Wasakorn Laesanklang: Optimisation Methods for Workforce Scheduling and Routing Problems (Started June 2012)
- Arturo Castillo: Models and Algorithms for Workforce Scheduling and Routing Problems (Started February 2011)
Acting as 2nd Supervisor for:
- Saeed Alqahtani: Optimisatioin and Artficial Intelligence Techiques for Network Security Through Cloud Computing (Started October 2013)
- Tariq Soussan: Evolutionary Algorithms for Portfolio Optimisation (Started October 2012)
- Sameh Zakhary: Reliability in Disconnection/Delay Tolerant Networks (Started September 2010)
Completed Theses:
- Ha-Thai Duong: Heuristic Approaches for Three-Dimensional Strip Packing and Multiple Carrier Transportation Plans (July 2013)
- Ozgur Ulker: Office Space Allocation by Using Mathematical Programming and Meta-heuristics (July 2013)
- Juan Castro-Gutierrez: PhD Thesis "Multi-Objective Tools for the Vehicle Routing Problem with Time Windows" (March 2012)
- Khoi Le: PhD Thesis "A Study of Multiobjecitve Evolutionary Algorithms and Their Application to Knapsack and Nurse Scheduling Problems" (March 2011)
- Joe Henry Obit: PhD Thesis "Developing Meta-heuristics, Hyper-heuristics and Cooperative Search for Course Timetabling" (November 2010)
- Khoi Le: MRes Thesis "An Evolutionary Algorithm for Multi-Objective Nurse Scheduling" (September 2006)

Visting Researchers
- Raquel Martinez España: Visiting PhD Student from Universidad de Murcia in Spain, (1st October to 31st December 2013)
- Federico Alonso-Pecina: Visiting Professor from Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico (22nd April to 19th July 2013)
- Christopher Exposito-Izquierdo: Visiting PhD Student from Universidad de La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain (9th April to 25th May 2012)
- Eduardo Lalla-Ruiz: Visiting PhD Student from Universidad de La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain (9th April to 25th May 2012)
- Prof. Alfonso Fernandez Timon: Visiting Professor from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain (1st to 31st July 2011)
- Prof. Ademir Constantino: Visiting Professor from Maringa State University in Brazil (December 2009 - November 2010)
- Takuma Kubo: Visting PhD Student from National Institute of Informatics in Japan (October - November 2009)
- Nadarajen Veerapen: Visting Erasmus Student from University of Nantes in France (January - June 2009)
- Prof. Minaya Villasana: Visiting Professor from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela (August 2008 - April 2009)