Jian-Bo Yang

Jian-Bo Yang

Prof, Professor of Decision and System Sciences

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He teaches at all undergraduate and MSc/MBA levels:

First Year - Quantitative Methods for Management (module co-ordinator and lecturer)
Second Year - OR: Introduction to Linear Programming (module co-ordinator & lecturer)
Third Year - OR: Decision Analysis for Business and Management (module co-ordinator & lecturer)
MSc in Business Analytics - Risk, Performance and Decision Analysis
Part-time Executive MBA - Statistics and Decision Analysis for Management

Professor Yang has supervised many PhD and MPhil student research projects, a large number of MSc student dissertations, and lots of visiting scholars in recent years.


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Jian-Bo is Professor and Chair of Decision and System Sciences, and has conducted research throughout his career in the areas of evidential reasoning and probabilistic inference, multiple criteria decision analysis, data analytics, multiple objective optimisation, decision support systems, intelligent modelling, simulation and prediction, risk, safety and security analysis, performance analysis, new product development, production and resource management, etc.


As a principal investigator or co-investigator, he has been awarded 49 major research projects by various funding bodies in the UK, EU, China and USA, with a total value of over £3.78m, including 17 EPSRC and ESRC funded projects totalling £1.97m.


He has collaborated widely with many organisations in research and consultancy, and has published 177 journal papers, 4 books, 23 book chapters, 160 publications in conference proceedings, and many reports. He has also designed and developed several large software packages including a Windows-based Intelligent Decision System (IDS) for multiple criteria assessment.


Research interests

Professor Yang has published four books and over 200 papers in journals and a similar number of papers in conferences.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures
  • Institute for Data Science and AI
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • The Productivity Institute


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