Professor Julia Bennell is the Deputy Dean of Leeds University Business School.
She graduated in 1994 with a first class honours in mathematics and management science and received her PhD in Management Science in 1998 from the University of Swansea. She was promoted to Professor of Management Science at the University of Southampton Business School in 2010. At Southampton, she was the director of CORMSIS (Centre of Operational Research, Management Science and Information Systems), one of the top three OR/MS research groups in the UK from 2011 – 2014, Head of the Department of Decision Analytics and Risk Research from 2012 -2015 and Deputy Head of School from 2015 - 2018. In addition to her University roles including undertaking research and delivering teaching, she is a qualified executive coach and mentor.
Telephone: +44 (0)113 34 38883
Professor Bennell is an active researcher where her main research interests are optimization models for logistics, specifically working in cutting and packing, vehicle routing, scheduling, network design and heuristic algorithms. She has published three invited review papers: two on cutting and packing in EJOR and JORS and one on runway scheduling in Annals of OR. She has also given keynote presentations in EURO 2009, OR50 and IFORS2017. She is the chair and co-ordinator of the European Working group in Cutting and Packing and will take up the role of Vice President 2 of the European Operational Research Society in 2019. She also serves on the Research Panel of the Operational Research Society.
She has publish over 40 papers in international journals including Management Science, European Journal of Operational Research, International journal of production research, International journal of production economics, Journal of heuristics, computers and OR, Journal of the operational research society. She has won over one million pounds of research funding from a variety of sources including EPSRC (£550k), BBSRC (£210k) and KTP (£225k). She has undertaken a variety of roles as guest editor, stream and session organiser, invited seminar speaker, and organised two international conferences in Southampton. She also has extensive links with external organisations, undertaking consultancy and research projects with DSTL, NATS and a range of SMEs and she led a programmed of training courses for HMRC.
Professor Bennell has 20 year of experience of teaching across undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA programmes. She has delivered modules in Operational Research/Management Science covering a range of techniques taught through industry problems, many of which she has worked with directly through consultancy and research projects. She has also taught general Operations Management modules and quantitative analysis modules at a range of levels.
Bayliss C., Currie, C.S.M., Bennell, J.A., Martinez-Sykora, A. (2018) Dynamic pricing for vehicle ferries: Using packing and simulation to optimize revenues, European Journal of Operational Research, 270(1), 89-102. DOI 10.1016/j.ejor.2018.08.004
Bennell J.A., Cabo, M., Martinez-Sykora, A. (2018) A beam search approach to solve the convex irregular bin packing problem with guillotine cuts. European Journal of Operational Research, forthcoming. DOI 10.1016/j.ejor.2018.03.029
Romanova, T., Bennell, J., Stoyan, Y., & Pankratov, A. (2018). Packing of concave polyhedra with continuous rotations using nonlinear optimisation. European Journal of Operational Research, 268(1), 37-53. DOI 10.1016/j.ejor.2018.01.025
Abeysooriya, R. P., Bennell, J., & Martinez Sykora, A. (2018). Jostle heuristics for the 2D-irregular shapes bin packing problems with free rotation. International Journal of Production Economics, 195, 12-26. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2017.09.014
Martinez Sykora, A., Alvarez-Valdes, R., Bennell, J., Ruiz, R., & Tamarit, J. M. (2017). Matheuristics for the irregular bin packing problem with free rotations. European Journal of Operational Research, 258(2), 440-455. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2016.09.043
Oguz, M., Bektas, T., & Bennell, J. A. (2017). Multicommodity flows and benders decomposition for restricted continuous location problems. European Journal of Operational Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2017.11.033
Zhao, X., Bennell, J. A., Bektas, T., & Dowsland, K. (2016). A comparative review of 3D container loading algorithms. International Transactions in Operational Research, 23(1-2), 287-320. DOI: 10.1111/itor.12094
Oguz, M., Bektas, T., Bennell, J. M., & Fliege, J. (2016). A modelling framework for solving restricted planar location problems using phi-objects. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 67(8), 1080-1096. DOI: 10.1057/jors.2016.5
Bennell, J. A., Mesgarpour, M., & Potts, C. N. (2016). Dynamic scheduling of aircraft landings. European Journal of Operational Research, 258(1), 315-327. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2016.08.015
Qu, Y., Bektas, T., & Bennell, J. M. (2016). Sustainability SI: multimode multicommodity network design model for intermodal freight transportation with transfer and emission costs. Networks and Spatial Economics, 16(1), 303-329. DOI: 10.1007/s11067-014-9227-9
Martinez-Sykora, A., Alvarez-Valdez, R., Bennell, J. A., & Tamarit, J. M. (2015). Constructive procedures to solve 2-dimensional bin packing problems with irregular pieces and guillotine cuts. Omega, 52, 15-32. DOI: 10.1016/j.omega.2014.10.007
Bennell, J., Scheithauer, G., Stoyan, Y., Romanova, T., & Pankratov, A. (2015). Optimal clustering of a pair of irregular objects. Journal of Global Optimization, 61(3), 497-524. DOI: 10.1007/s10898-014-0192-0
Song, X., & Bennell, J. A. (2014). Column generation and sequential heuristic procedure for solving an irregular shape cutting stock problem. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 65, 1037-1052. DOI: 10.1057/jors.2013.44
Bennell, J. A., Lee, L. S., & Potts, C. N. (2013). A genetic algorithm for two-dimensional bin packing with due dates. International Journal of Production Economics, 145(2), 547-560. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpe.2013.04.040
Bennell, J. A., Han, W., Zhao, X., & Song, X. (2013). Construction heuristics for two-dimensional irregular shape bin packing with guillotine constraints. European Journal of Operational Research, 230(3), 495-504. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2013.04.048
Bennell, J. A., Mesgarpour, M., & Potts, C. N. (2011). Invited review. Airport runway scheduling. 4OR, (9), 115-138. DOI: 10.1007/s10288-011-0172-x
Bennell, J. A., & Song, X. (2010). A beam search implementation for the irregular shape packing problem. Journal of Heuristics, 16(2), 167-188. DOI: 10.1007/s10732-008-9095-x
Bennell, J., Scheithauer, G., Stoyan, Y., & Romanova, T. (2010). Tools of mathematical modeling of arbitrary object packing problems. Annals of Operations Research, 179(1), 343-368. DOI: 10.1007/s10479-008-0456-5
Bennell, J. A., & Oliveira, J. F. (2009). A tutorial in irregular shape packing problems. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 60, S93-S105. DOI: 10.1057/jors.2008.169
McDonald, R., Skipp, P., Potts, C. N., Thomas, L. C., O'Connor, D., & Bennell, J. (2009). Mining whole sample mass spectrometry proteomics data for biomarkers - An overview.Expert Systems with Applications, 36(3), 5333-5340. DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2008.06.133
Omar, M. K., & Bennell, J. A. (2009). Revising the master production schedule in a HPP framework context. International Journal of Production Research, 47(20), 5857-5878. DOI: 10.1080/00207540802130803
Bennell, J. A., & Song, X. (2008). A comprehensive and robust procedure for obtaining the nofit polygon using Minkowski sums. Computers and Operations Research, 35(1), 267-281. DOI: 10.1016/j.cor.2006.02.026
Bennell, J. A., & Oliveira, J. F. (2008). The geometry of nesting problems: a tutorial. European Journal of Operational Research, 184(2), 397-415. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2006.11.038
Liu, H. Y., He, Y. J., & Bennell, J. A. (2007). The irregular nesting problem - a new approach for nofit polygon calculation. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 58(9), 1235-1245. DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jors.2602255
Song, X., Chu, C. B., Nie, Y. Y., & Bennell, J. A. (2006). An iterated SHP algorithm to a real-life 1.5 dimensional cutting-stock problem. European Journal of Operational Research, 175, 1870-1889.
Song, X., Chu, C. B., Nie, Y. Y., & Bennell, J. A. (2006). An iterative sequential heuristic procedure to a real-life 1.5-dimensional cutting stock problem. European Journal of Operational Research, 175(3), 1870-1889. DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2004.10.034
Bennell, J. A., Crabbe, D., Thomas, S., & Ap Gwilym, O. (2006). Modelling sovereign credit ratings: neural networks versus ordered profit. Expert Systems with Applications, 30(3), 415-425. DOI: 10.1016/j.eswa.2005.10.002
Rafaely, B., & Bennell, J. A. (2006). Optimisation of FTSE 100 tracker funds: a comparison of genetic algorithms and quadratic programming. Managerial Finance, 32(6).
Bennell, J., & Sutcliffe, C. (2004). Black-Scholes versus artificial neural networks in pricing FTSE 100 options. Intelligent Systems in Accounting, Finance and Management, 12(4), 243-260. DOI: 10.1002/isaf.254
Bennell, J., Crabbe, D., Thomas, S., & Ap Gwilym, O. (2003). Modelling sovereign credit ratings: neural networks versus ordered probit. Discussion Paper Series - Accounting and Finance, AF-03-11, 35pp.
Bennell, J. A., Potts, C. N., & Whitehead, J. D. (2002). Local search algorithms for the min-max loop layout problem. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 53(10), 1109-1117. DOI: 10.1057/palgrave.jors.2601269
Bennell, J. A., & Dowsland, K. A. (2001). Hybridising tabu search with optimisation techniques for irregular stock-cutting. Management Science, 47(8), 1160-1172. DOI: 10.1287/mnsc.47.8.1160.10230
Bennell, J. A., Dowsland, K. A., & Dowsland, W. B. (2001). The irregular cutting-stock problem: a new procedure for deriving the no-fit polygon. Computers and Operations Research, 28(3), 271-287. DOI: 10.1016/S0305-0548(00)00021-6
Chapman, C. B., Ward, S. C., & Bennell, J. B. (2000). Incorporating uncertainty in competitive bidding. International Journal of Project Management, 18(5), 337-347. DOI: 10.1016/S0263-7863(00)00013-2
ap Gwilym, O., & Bennell, J. (2000). Price clustering under floor and electronic trading. Derivatives Use, Trading and Regulation, 5(4), 354-362.
Bennell, J. A., & Dowsland, K. A. (1999). A tabu thresholding implementation for the irregular cutting problem. International Journal of Production Research, 37(18), 4259-4275. DOI: 10.1080/002075499189763
Dowsland, K. A., Dowsland, W. B., & Bennell, J. A. (1998). Jostle for position: local improvement for irregular cutting patterns. Journal of Operational Research Society, 46(6), 647-658.