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Roberto Rossi

Personal Chair of Uncertainty Modeling

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Willingness to take PhD students: Yes

Education/Academic qualification

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

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


Prof. 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 the Chair in Uncertainty Modelling at the University of Edinburgh (UK) and Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

Research Interests

His research focuses on automated reasoning: he develops systems that aim to be robust and scalable in such a way as to enable computers to act intelligently in increasingly complex real world settings and in uncertain environments.

He conducts cross-disciplinary methodological as well as applied research in decision making under uncertainty, artificial intelligence, operational research and supply chain management.

He has over fifty intellectual contributions in flagship international journals and conference proceedings; I have attracted research council as well as industry funding in excess of 1 million EUR.


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

Research students

Xiyuan Ma, University of Edinburgh (in progress)

Carolina Toczycka, University of Edinburgh (in progress)

Mengyuan Xiang, University of Edinburgh (2019)

Chen Zhen, visiting from Behihang University, China (12 months, 2016/17)

Alejandro G. Alcoba, visiting from University of Malaga, Spain (3 months, 2015)

Willem Rijpkema, Wageningen University (2014)

Research Groups

CUPS - Constraints and Uncertainty in Production Systems (with S. A. Tarim, B. Hnich and S. Prestwich)


Administrative Roles

College Postgraduate Appeal Committee Member (2018 - 2020)

Director of PG Programmes (2017 - 2020)

School Executive Board Member (2017 - 2020)

Member of the university team of programme reviewers (2013 - 2020)

Convener of PG Board of Examiners (2015 - 2017)

Management Science and Business Economics Research Champion (2015 - 2017)

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

PhD Admission Coordinator for Management Science and Business Economics (2013 -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)

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Highlighted research activities & awards

  1. 26th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

  2. EPSRC - Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (External organisation)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee

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