Neil Urquhart

Neil Urquhart

Dr Neil Urquhart



Dr Neil Urquhart is a lecturer within the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation and the leader of the Optimisation Theme. His research interests include Evolutionary Algorithms and multi-agent systems applied to the optimisation of scheduling and routing problems, with a particular interest in using environmental impact as an optimisation criterion.

He has  a special interest in the challenges involving the optimisation of real-world problems. Application areas of  interest include pedestrian tracking and , vehicle routing and scheduling. He is currently co-editing a book on automated scheduling and planning which was published by Springer in August 2013, more details here.

Currently he is engaged in the application of nature-inspired techniques to CO2 reduction through optimisation. Neil is also an experienced software developer, specialising in Java. Examplea of this work may be found at here and

Research Areas




Conference Activity

  • Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference (GECCO) 2010
  • Neil Urquhart to chair Meta-Heuristics stream at YOR19
  • Meta-heuristics stream chair for YOR17.
  • Edinburgh Napier Staff Conference 2013 (member of conference planning group)
  • Dr Neil Urquhart and Kevin Sim are to chair the second edition of EvoINDUSTRY at EvoStar 2014 in Baeza Spain.
  • Two CAVES members have papers accepted at EvoSTAR Conference to be held in Copenhagen in April
  • Co-Chair EvoStim 2011


Editorial Activity

  • New book on automated scheduling and planning, being published by Springer due for release late 2013.


Media Activity

  • Optimisation@IIDI featured on LogisticsManager.Com


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