School of
Information Technology and Electrical Engineering

Speaker: Prof Mohan Krishnamoorthy
Seminar Date: Fri, 29/09/2017 - 14:00
Venue: 50-N202
Host: Prof Neil Bergmann

Seminar Type:  ITEE Research Seminar

Abstract: 

In this talk, Mohan traces his applied operations research work for, and with industry. Through specific examples of work in industries such as airports, tourism & travel, the wine industry, coal supply chains, the police force, and the postal services, Mohan talks about real applications of mathematical modelling and operations research. While these applied OR projects have resulted in benefits and outcomes to the companies involved, they have also resulted in a stream of publications. Mohan concludes that business impact and science impact are not necessarily orthogonal. What is needed is a research practitioner's mindset so that we can achieve business impact while also undertaking good science that is publishable. By way of this talk, Mohan also provides an introduction to the sorts of research problems and questions that he is interested in.

Biography: 

Professor Mohan Krishnamoorthy was recently appointed to the newly established position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research Partnerships) within the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) portfolio.

Mohan held the position of Pro Vice-Chancellor (Industry Partnerships) at Monash University since January 2015. As PVC (Industry Partnerships), Mohan led notable initiatives including the development of a trans-national industry-focused Global Engineering Masters program for Monash University with The Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India.  During his time as Science and Industry Manager, Program Leader and Member of the Divisional Executive of the CSIRO Mathematical and Information Sciences, Mohan led a team of 70 scientists working in the ‘digital decision technologies for service industries’ program, and was responsible for strategy development, project management, program delivery and external earnings. While at Monash, and prior to his role as PVC (Industry Partnerships), Mohan was the inaugural CEO of the IITB-Monash Research Academy, a trans-national research partnership between IIT Bombay and Monash University, which he helped establish. Today, this joint venture research academy has some 200 jointly-supervised PhD students working on a wide range of interesting research problems.

Mohan is also a Professor in the School of ITEE at UQ, continuing to do research on OR.  Mohan was awarded his PhD in Operations Research in 1990 from Imperial College, London, UK. Mohan’s own research focuses on the development of advanced mathematical optimisation models and algorithms that turn data into information that can be used to make better decisions.