OR, commonly applied in healthcare, industry, finance and defence, uses mathematical and computer modelling to derive the best solutions to complex problems. OR techniques are used in airport scheduling, road traffic management, freight logistics and numerous other areas of modern life.
The initiative by the four universities is supported with a Science and Innovation Award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). LANCS aims to expand the national research base in OR to build new research capacity and help UK industry to compete in the global market.
Prof Kevin Glazebrook, director of the new LANCS centre, said: ‘The UK is the home of Operational Research. The LANCS programme is crucial to support application-oriented research that has been such a strength in the UK and it will underpin the health of the national research base in this critically important area.’