Dr Antuela Anthi Tako BSc (Athens), MSc, PhD (Warwick)
Senior Lecturer and Operations Research
Antuela holds a bachelor’s degree from Athens University of Economics and Business (2002), MSc in Operational Research and Management Sciences (2003), and a PhD in Operational Research (2009) from the University of Warwick. Prior to completing her PhD, Antuela had experience of working in consultancy projects.
After completing her PhD, Antuela worked as a Research Fellow in Healthcare Modelling at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick as part of the PartiSim (http://homepages.lboro.ac.uk/~bsat2/index.html) project. The work carried out in this project is part of her research on participative and facilitated simulation modelling.
Antuela joined Loughborough University in July 2010 as a Lecturer in Operational Research at the School of Business and Economics, where she teaches on a number of statistics and OR modules and carries out research on simulation modelling.
Antuela is an active member of the Operational Research Society, accredited to the level of Associate Fellow of the Operational Research Society (AFORS).
Antuela undertakes research on the practice of simulation modelling in the field of operational research. Her research has appeared in the European Journal of Operational Research, Decision Support Systems, Journal of the Operational Research Society and BMJ Quality and Safety. Her research interests include: the comparison of simulation approaches (Discrete-Event Simulation and System Dynamics), participative and facilitated simulation modelling, combining problem structuring methods with simulation modelling, conceptual modelling and healthcare modelling.
She has carried out research on the comparison of simulation approaches (Discrete-Event Simulation and System Dynamics), considering two different areas practice: model development and model use. This work consists of comparing the approach simulation modellers take when using discrete event simulation and system dynamics, as well as comparing the users’ views when using discrete event simulation and system dynamics models. This work has led to number of leading academic publications, which have made a contribution to the field of behavioural OR and the comparison of simulation approaches. Antuela’s research has received international recognition. She received the Dana Meadows Award at the International System Dynamics Society Conference 2008. Antuela’s PhD thesis was also chosen as a finalist for the PhD Prize 2009 by the UK’s OR Society.
Another main area of Antuela’s research relates to facilitated and participative simulation modelling, which is part of the PartiSim project. The project involved the development of tools adapted from Soft Systems Methodology to assist the development of participative conceptual models for simulation modelling. This has subsequently led to further research on facilitated modelling, extending to an overall participative and facilitated simulation modelling process.
Antuela is also interested in the evaluation and use of simulation modelling in business and health care organisations.
- Winner of one of the Dean’s Awards 2013 for the category Early Career Researcher of the Year, by the Dean of the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University in recognition of research excellence for lecturers with less than 5 years’ experience.
- Chair of the Young OR 18 Conference (http://www.theorsociety.com/Pages/Conferences/YOR18/YOR18.aspx), University of Exeter, 9-11 April 2013.
- Dana Meadows Award for the best student paper submitted to the International System Dynamics Society Conference 2008.
- Antuela’s PhD thesis was also chosen as a finalist for the PhD Prize 2009 by the UK’s OR Society.
- Programme committee member for a number of national and international conferences, including the Winter Simulation Conference, the OR Society’s Simulation Workshop, the International Conference on Simulation and Modeling Methodologies, Technologies and Applications (SIMULTEC
Gogi, A, Tako, AA, Robinson, SL (2015) An Experimental Investigation into the Role of Simulation Models in Generating Insights, European Journal of Operational Research, 249(3).
Tako, AA and Kotiadis K. (2015). Partisim: A framework for participative and facilitated simulation modelling. European Journal of Operational Research, 244(2): 555-564.
Tako, AA (2015) Exploring the model development process in discrete-event simulation: Insights from six expert modellers, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 66(5): 747-760.
Tako, AA and Robinson,S, (2015) Is Simulation in Health Different, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 66(4): 602–614.
Kotiadis, K, Tako, AA, Vasilakis, C (2014) A Participative and Facilitative Conceptual Modelling Framework for Discrete Event Simulation Studies in Healthcare, Journal of the Operational Research Society, 65(2): 197-213.