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Dario Landa-Silva
BEng, MSc, PhD, FHEA

Associate Professor in Computer Science
Member: ASAP, ORS, INFORMS, HEA
CV Outline and Google Scholar Profile

Room C70, 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 Activity

My research interests are at the 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.

List of Publications - reporting outcomes from my research activity.

Professional Committees - membership and chairing of research committees.

Reviewing for Journals and Books - reviewing of journal papers and books.

Conferences of Interest - list of conferences related to my research interests.

Office Space Allocation - the subject of my PhD thesis and some further research.


Grants Awarded

Project: COSLE - Collaborative Optimisation in a Shared-Logistics Environment.
Funded by: Innovate UK Collaborative R&D under Competition "Innovation in Location-based Services".
Academic Team: D. Landa-Silva, R. John, T. Pridmore.
Industrial Partner: Microlise Ltd.
Project Duration: June 2015 - May 2017.
Value of Award: £719,435 (from Innovate UK) with £299,482 (to University of Nottingham).
Date of Award: August 2014.

Project: VEDAT - Value Enhancement for Data from Assets & Transactions.
Funded by: Innovate UK Collaborative R&D under Competition "Data Exploration - Creating New Insight and Value".
Academic Team: R. John, D. Landa-Silva.
Industrial Partner: Microlise Ltd.
Project Duration: September 2014 - August 2016.
Value of Award: £359,318 (from Innovate UK) with £149,401 (to University of Nottingham).
Date of Award: April 2014.

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 (£81,847 from EPSRC and TSB + £40,132 from 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: R. Qu, R. Bai, J. Atkin, D. Landa-Silva.
Overseas Partner: University of Nottingham Ningbo, China
Project Duration: April 2013 - March 2015.
Value of Award: £11,830 (from RS and 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, R. Qu.
Industrial Partner: Webroster Net.
Project Duration: July 2012 - September 2012.
Value of Award: £9,871 (from EPSRC and 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 (£82,117 from EPSRC and TSB + £40,445 from Microlise).
Date of Award: October 2011.

Project: Towards More Effective Computational Search.
Funded by: EPSRC (EP/H000968/1).
Investigators: R. John, E.K. Burke, G. Kendall, J.D. Landa-Silva, A. Parkes, S. Petrovic, R. Qu.
Project Duration: February 2010 - February 2015.
Value of Award: £1,010,976 (from 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 (£83,530 from TSB + £41,142 from 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: D. Landa-Silva, E.K. Burke, R. Qu.
Industrial Partner: Midland Software Ltd.
Project Duration: February 2009 - February 2011.
Value of Award: £111,992 (£55,996 from TSB + £55,996 from 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.
Project Duration: June 2007 - May 2010.
Value of Award: £204,877 (from 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, 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 (from 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, G. Kendall, J.D. Landa-Silva, G. Medjdoub.
Project Duration: April 2005 - October 2009.
Value of Award: £205,378 (from 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, G. Kendall, J.D. Landa-Silva (co-author).
Project Duration: February 2003 - September 2003.
Value of Award: £9,543 (from EPSRC and 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:
- Peng Shi: Dynamic Programming for Workforce Scheduling (Started October 2014)
- Osman Ibrahim: Evolutionary Computation Techniques for Information Retrieval from Written Documents (Started October 2013)
- Haneen Algethami: Evolutionary Algorithms for Workforce Scheduling and Routing (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)
Acting as 2nd Supervisor for:
- Binhui Chen: Hyper-Hueristics, Metaheuristics, Transport Scheduling and Routing and Machine Learning (Started October 2014)
- Saeed Alqahtani: Optimisatioin and Artficial Intelligence Techiques for Network Security Through Cloud Computing (Started October 2013)
- Sameh Zakhary: Reliability in Disconnection/Delay Tolerant Networks (Started September 2010)
Completed Theses:
- Arturo Castillo-Salazar: Models and Algorithms for Workforce Scheduling and Routing Problems (August 2015)
- Ha-Thai Duong: Heuristic Approaches for Three-Dimensional Strip Packing and Multiple Carrier Transportation Plans (July 2015)
- 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
- Anna Martinez-Gavara: Visiting Researcher from Universidad de Valencia in Spain, (1-May-2015 to 31-August-2015)
- Federico Alonso-Pecina: Visiting Professor from Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Morelos in Cuernavaca, Mexico (4-May-2015 to 13-July-2015, June-2014, 22-April-2013 to 19-July-2013)
- Arton Dorneles: Visiting PhD Student from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) in Brazil, (15-December-2014 to 31-May-2015)
- Jesica de Armas: Visiting Researcher from Universidad de La Laguna in Spain, (1-October-2014 to 30-November-2014)
- Raquel Martinez España: Visiting PhD Student from Universidad de Murcia in Spain, (1-October-2013 to 31-December-2013)
- Christopher Exposito-Izquierdo: Visiting PhD Student from Universidad de La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain (9-April-2012 to 25-May-2012)
- Eduardo Lalla-Ruiz: Visiting PhD Student from Universidad de La Laguna in Tenerife, Spain (9-April-2012 to 25-May-2012)
- Prof. Alfonso Fernandez Timon: Visiting Professor from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain (July-2011)
- Prof. Ademir Constantino: Visiting Professor from Maringa State University in Brazil (December-2009 to November-2010)
- Takuma Kubo: Visting PhD Student from National Institute of Informatics in Japan (October-2009 to November-2009)
- Nadarajen Veerapen: Visting Erasmus Student from University of Nantes in France (January-2009 to June-2009)
- Prof. Minaya Villasana: Visiting Professor from Universidad Simon Bolivar in Venezuela (August-2008 to April-2009)