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Professor Stewart Robinson BSc (Lancaster), PhD (Lancaster)

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Dean School of Business and Economics

Professor of Management Science

Simulation practice; discrete-event simulation; system dynamics; agent-based modelling

Stewart Robinson holds an honours degree in Management Science (Operational Research) (1985) and a PhD in Management Science (1998), both from Lancaster University.  He is a Fellow of the Operational Research Society.

Stewart started his career as a business analyst for a shoe retailing company and then as a consultant with ISTEL (now Lanner Group).  During this time he gained much experience in performing and supporting simulation studies with a wide range of organisations.

In 1992, Stewart moved to Aston Business School where he lectured in Operations and Information Management.  Stewart then spent 13 years at Warwick Business School (1998-2011), from 2005 as Professor of Operational Research.  He held various roles during his time at Warwick including: Academic Director of the Executive MBA Programme, Course Director for the MSc in Management Science and Operational Research, Associate Dean for Specialist Masters Programmes, and Head of the Operational Research and Management Sciences Group.

Stewart joined Loughborough University in July 2011 as Professor of Management Science and Associate Dean Research (2012-2015).  Stewart is now Dean of the School of Business and Economics.

See Stewart's website for more details on his career, research interests, publications and projects.

Stewart’s research focuses on simulation methods: discrete-event simulation, system dynamics and agent-based simulation.  He carries out research on the practice of simulation with a particular interest in: the verification and validation of simulation models, conceptual modelling, output analysis, comparing simulation methods, modelling human decision-making in simulations, and using simulation as a facilitative tool.

Specific contributions that Stewart has made include:

  • Developing a conceptual modelling framework for discrete-event simulation.
  • Investigation of the initial transient problem in simulations: development of an algorithm using statistical process control and in-depth investigation of the MSER truncation heuristic.
  • Development of an automated algorithm for advising on the number of replications for simulation experimentation; this algorithm has been implemented in the SIMUL8 software.
  • Comparing the approaches of modellers using discrete-event simulation and system dynamics.
  • Use of discrete-event simulation in a facilitated modelling environment.
  • Development of research in behavioural operational research with discrete-event simulation.

Recent work has focussed on exploring the response of Operational Research to the burgeoning field of Analytics.

Stewart’s work is published in journals such as: Journal of the Operational Research SocietyEuropean Journal of Operational Research, Simulation Transactions, Simulation Practice and Theory, and Journal of Simulation.  He is author/co-author of six books on simulation including the text Simulation: The Practice of Model Development and Use, 2nd ed. (Palgrave, 2014). 

  • President of the Operational Research Society (2014-15)
  • Co-founder of the Journal of Simulation
  • Co-founder and member of the Advisory Board for the OR Society Simulation Workshop conference series
  • Member of the Winter Simulation Conference Board (OR Society representative)

Among the organisations with which Stewart has worked are: BT, BP, British Airways, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Cars, The National Audit Office, The National Health Service and Sellafield