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Dr Harry Venables
Senior Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship) in Mathematics & Statistics



I originally studied an undergraduate degree in mathematics. Upon completion of my undergraduate studies I became more interest in ‘operations research‘ based mathematics and went on to study a master’s degree in mathematical modelling. I then decided to go into teaching and completed a PGCE in mathematics. During my early teaching years I gained a great deal of experience delivering a wide range of mathematical based modules on courses from engineering, computing and management disciplines.

In 2000 I joined the Business School at University of Sunderland, as senior lecturer in quantitative methods, where I designed and delivered a variety of mathematical, statistical and operational research type modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

I joined the University of York in 2010, as a senior teaching fellow in mathematics and statistics.

Subject Group

People, Operations and Marketing

Departmental roles

Chair, Information Committee



My current research interests include the development and application of ant colony optimisation techniques within the field of facility location, which is a branch of supply chain management. Modelling of facility location using this approach is multidisciplinary and requires knowledge and integration of discrete networks, stochastic optimisation techniques and computer science.


Selected publications


Full publications list

  •  Venables, H.R. & Moscardini, A.O. (2010) Evaluation of an Ant Based Hybrid Metaheuristic to Solve the Capacitated Facility Location Problem. 24th European Conference on Operational Research. Contributed Paper.
  •  Venables, H.R. & Moscardini, A.O. (2008) Ant Based Heuristics for the Capacitated Fixed Charge Location Problem. In M. Dorigo, M. Birattaria, C. Clerc, T. Stützle & A. Winfield, Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence, 6th International Conference, Ants 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 5217, pp 235--242. Springer Verlag, Berlin, Germany.
  •  Venables, H.R. & Moscardini, A.O. (2007b) The Fixed-Charge Capacitated Location Problem: an Ant Based Solution Procedure. 22nd European Conference on Operational Research. Invited paper.
  •  Venables, H.R. & Moscardini, A.O. (2007a) An Ant Based Heuristic for the Capacitated Fixed Charge Location Problem, Submitted Paper.
  •  Venables, H.R. & Moscardini, A.O. (2006) An Adaptive Search Heuristic for the Capacitated Fixed Charge Location Problem. In M. Dorigo, L.M. Gambardella, M. Birattaria, A. Martinoli, R. Poli & T. Stützle, Ant Colony Optimization and Swarm Intelligence, 5th International Workshop, Ants 2006. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 4150, pp 348-355. Springer Verlag, Berlin, Germany.
  • Venables, H.R., Chen, H. & Moscardini, A.O., (2005) The Fixed Charge Capacitated Location Problem – an Ant Colony Optimization Approach. Tenth International Symposium on  Locational Decisions – Abstracts , pp 247-248.
  • Moscardini, A.O., Lawler, K. A., Venables, H.R., (2001), Sellers Expectations, Cobwebs & Chaos, working paper – University of Sunderland.





Harry Venables

School for Business and Society
University of York
Church Lane Building
York Science Park
York YO10 5ZF

T:+44 (0) 1904 325036
Room: CL/A/121E

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