Planning and Optimisation

Planning & Optimisation

There are puzzles that we engage in for fun, such as Candy Crush. But there are also serious puzzles that we encounter in modern industry, including scheduling, intelligent control of technical systems such as power grids and biological data analysis. Invariably, puzzles have rules that define legitimate solutions and objectives that the solver tries to achieve.

Research in planning and optimisation aims to build systems that can generate solutions to these real-world puzzles—following the rules and achieving the best outcomes within given constraints. Planning is the branch of Artificial Intelligence that addresses automation of the reasoning required for formulating, implementing and revising plans of action. Optimisation is the science of making better use of limited resources, such as material, energy or time, and reducing waste.  

Explore our available student research projects below and if you’d like to discuss opportunities for collaboration or funding, please email us.

Academic staff

Dr Dan Gordon

Dr Dan Gordon »

Research Fellow

Dr Patrik Haslum

Dr Patrik Haslum »

Lecturer / Research Fellow

Dr Hassan Hijazi »

Senior Lecturer

Dr Enrico Scala »

Research Fellow

Paul Scott

Dr Paul Scott »

Research Fellow

Professor Pascal van Hentenryck  »

Honorary Professor

Dr Guanglei Wang »

Research Fellow


Mohammad Abdulaziz

Mr Mohammad Abdulaziz »

PhD student

Antonius Allard

Mr Tony Allard »

MPhil (external part-time)

Ksenia Bestuzheva

Ms Ksenia Bestuzheva »

PhD sutdent

Cody Christopher

Mr Cody Christopher »

PhD Candidate

Jing Cui

Miss Jing Cui »

PhD student

Mr Alvaro Flores »

PhD Student

Franc Ivankovic

Mr Franc Ivankovic »

PhD student

Boon Ping Lim

Ms boonping Lim »

PhD student

Arthur MAHeo

Mr Arthur Maheo »

PhD Candidate

Wai Keung Mak

Mr Terrence Mak »

PhD student

Felipe Andre Maldonado

Mr Felipe Maldonado »

PhD Student


Dr Manuel Cebrian

Dr Manuel Cebrian »

Research Fellow Level C

Dr Charles Gretton »

Honorary Senior Lecturer (Level C)

Dr Phil Kilby »

Honorary Visiting Fellow, NICTA Senior Reseracher

Dr Felipe Trevizan »

Honorary Lecturer

Dr Tommaso Urli

Dr Tommaso Urli »

Honorary Lecturer

Dr Menkes van den Briel »

Honorary Staff Member


Dr Alban Grastien »

Honorary Visiting Staff Member

Technical staff

Dr Michelle McCann »

Research Officer

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Mr Franc Ivankovic, Dr Patrik Haslum, Professor Sylvie Thiebaux

Outstanding Student Paper Award, ICAPS 2014

F. Ivankovic, P. Haslum, S. Thiébaux, V. Shivashankar, and D.S. Nau. Optimal Planning with Global Numerical State Constraints. 24th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS-14), AAAI Press, Portsmouth, NH (USA), June 2014. [pdf] © AAAI Press.

Dr Felipe Trevizan, Professor Sylvie Thiebaux

Outstanding Paper Award, ICAPS 2016

F. Trevizan, S. Thiébaux, P. Santana and Brian Williams. Heuristic Search in Dual Space for Constrained Stochastic Shortest Path Problems. 26th International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling (ICAPS-16), AAAI Press, London (UK), June 2016. [pdf] © AAAI Press.  See news item


Dr Hassan Hijazi, Professor Sylvie Thiebaux

Distinguished Paper, PSCC 2014

H. Hijazi and S. Thiébaux. Optimal AC Distribution Systems Reconfiguration. 18th Power Systems Computation Conference (PSCC-14), IEEE, Wroclaw (Poland), August 2014. [pdf] © IEEE.

Dr Paul Scott, Professor Sylvie Thiebaux

Best Paper Award, ACM e-Energy 2015

P. Scott and S. Thiébaux. Distributed Multi-Period Optimal Power Flow for Demand Response in Microgrids. 6th International Conference on Future Energy Systems (ACM e-Energy-15) ACM, Bangalore (India), July 2015. [pdf] © ACM.

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