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Education / Academic qualification

Bachelor of Engineering, Universita degli Studi di Bologna
Design and implementation of a software component for planning degree commissions.
Master of Engineering, Universita degli Studi di Bologna
Demand uncertainty in supply chains. Domain reduction techniques for a constraint programming model.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University College Cork
Constraint Programming for Optimization Under Uncertainty in Stochastic Inventory Control

Professional Qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, UK Higher Education Academy (via University of Edinburgh Institute for Academic Development), PGCert

Area of Expertise

Research expertiseStochastic optimization, Constraint programming, Inventory control, Supply chain management, Decision science, Risk management, Artificial intelligence, Computer Science, Operations research


Dr. Roberto Rossi holds a B.Eng. and a M.Eng. from the University of Bologna (Italy), and a Ph.D. from the University College Cork (Ireland). He is currently a Reader in Management Science at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. 

He actively collaborates with universities and research centers in Ireland (4C), Turkey (Hacettepe University and Izmir University of Economics), Spain (University of Malaga), the Netherlands (WUR) and the US (San Francisco university). He has also collaborated and/or co-authored papers with researchers from well established industrial research laboratories such as the Bell Labs and the IBM Research.

He has taken part to a number of European research projects on topics such as logistics modeling in meat production, microbiological risk assessment in global food chains and value chain research in telecommunications.

Research Interests

He has expertise in a variety of fields such as decision making under uncertainty, risk management, stochastic constraint programming, hybrid metaheuristics, inventory control, supply chain management, production planning and scheduling.

His research has appeared in international journals, such as Artificial Intelligence, Constraints, the European Journal of Operational Research, the INFORMS Journal on Computing, the International Journal on Production Economics and others. He also regularly reviews articles for these journals and presents peer reviewed works at leading international conferences. He has over fifty peer reviewed intellectual contributions.


CMSE11213 - Project Management in Business Analysis*
BS08007 - Management Science and Information Systems*
MATH11010 - Stochastic Optimization*
* course organizer

Research students

Chen Zhen, visiting from Behihang University, China

Mengyuan Xiang, University of Edinburgh (in progress)

Willem Rijpkema, Wageningen University (2014)

Collaborative Activity

Prof. S. Armagan Tarim*,

Hacettepe University, Turkey

Prof. Brahim Hnich* (mirror),

Izmir University of Economics, Turkey

Dr. Steven D. Prestwich*,

University College Cork, Ireland

Dr. Mustafa Dogru,

Alcatel-LucentBell Laboratories, Ireland

Dr. Ulas Ozen,

Alcatel-LucentBell Laboratories, Ireland

Prof. Ramesh Bollapragada,

San Francisco State University, CA

Dr. Nic Wilson,

University College Cork, Ireland

Dr. Dylan Evans,

University College Cork, Ireland

Dr. Helmut Simonis,

University College Cork, Ireland

Dr. Bonnie Ray,

IBM Research, USA

Dr. Laurence Hubert,

IBM Research, Ireland

Prof. Jack van der Vorst,

Wageningen UR - LDI, the Netherlands

Dr. Rene Haijema,

Wageningen UR - LDI, the Netherlands

Dr. Liesbeth Jacxsens,

University of Ghent, Belgium

Prof. Mieke Uyttendaele,

University of Ghent, Belgium

Dr. Eligius M. T. Hendrix,

Wageningen UR - LDI, the Netherlands
Department of Computer ArchitectureMálaga University, Spain

Prof. Ian Gent,

University of St. Andrews, UK

Prof. Ian Miguel,

University of St. Andrews, UK


Dr. Patrick Prosser,

University of Glasgow, UK

Dr. Karen Petrie,

University of Dundee, UK

Dr. Maurizio Tomasella,

University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Onur Alper Kilic,

Hacettepe University, Turkey

Ozge Tayfur,

Hacettepe University, Turkey

Gözdem Dural Selçuk,

METU, Turkey


Dr. Belen Martin-Barragan,

University of Edinburgh, UK


Tim Embley,

Costain, UK

Keith Budden,



Yasemin Malli,

Hacettepe University, Turkey

Dr. Davide Mare,

University of Edinburgh, UK
World Bank, US

Dr. Fernando Moreira,

University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr. Marco Laumanns,

IBM Research, Switzerland

Dr. Huseyin Tunc,

Hacettepe University, Turkey

Research Groups

VEG-i-TRADE consortium

CUPS (with S. A. Tarim, B. Hnich and S. Prestwich)


Administrative Roles

Research Champion, Management Science and Business Economics group

Chair of Board of Examiners (PG)

Member of the university team of programme reviewers

Non-Professorial Representative to the Senatus (1 August 2013 - 31 July 2016)

Research Seminar Coordinator (2013 -2016)

Highlighted research outputs

  1. Nonstationary Z-score measures

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Confidence-based reasoning in stochastic constraint programming

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  3. Confidence-based optimization for the Newsvendor problem

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  4. Statistical Constraints

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  5. Filtering algorithms for global chance constraints

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. Associate of the EPSRC Peer Review College

    Activity: External academic engagementMembership of peer review panel or committee

  2. 25th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI-16)

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

  3. 28th European Conference on Operational Research (EURO 2016)

    Activity: Participation in conference, seminar or training courseParticipation in conference

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