Dr Simon Bowly

Simon’s works with OPTIMA CI Prof. Andreas Ernst. His main research interests lie in optimisation algorithms: their real-world applications and how they perform on a wide range of problems with different structures. In algorithm performance analysis, he focuses on linear and mixed-integer programming methods. These techniques apply to many optimisation problems in transport, power generation and distribution, and network design (to name a few). His work focuses on generating test cases that effectively stress-test optimisation algorithms and determine their relative strengths and weaknesses, enabling algorithm selection and automated configuration methodologies to improve algorithm performance.

The focus of his applied work is on analysing passenger and freight movement in South Sulawesi, Indonesia. The aim is to understand the potential role of rail transport in the region by applying mixed-integer programming and decomposition methods to solve logistics problems