OR tools in Renault supply chain and manufacturing - Alain Nguyen (Renault)

Wednesday 17 February 2021, 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Online via MS Teams

Open to

Postgraduates, Staff


Registration not required - just turn up

Event Details

Alain Nguyen from Renault will present a seminar to the Management Science Department.

Abstract : “RENAULT rolls out its first OR application in supply chain in 1992 with the very first version of CPLEX. It was a central planning tool for car production. Since then, we tackle inbound and outbound transportation, car sequencing, truck and container loading. More recently, we move to the shop floor to deal with scheduling, line balancing, operator assignment. Car sequencing, Capacitated VRP, line balancing : the problems we face do not exactly match the academic model, there are always extra tricky constraints and objectives. Historically we develop OR applications to be used on a regular basis. More recently, we roll out tools to carry one shot quick win studies. Important challenges remain for full OR adoption : data availability in information systems (especially shop floor constraints), non standard processes in the plants, OR visibility inside the company, lack of facilitators between the central OR team and field-level operators.”

Bio: Alain’s background background is a Master in Computer Science with a specialization in AI (expert systems) in 1988. He made his career at Renault, working first on expert systems, then on optimization tools for the supply chain and manufacturing. The first OR tool, a car sequencing application, went live in 1993. He switched to sales and marketing applications for 5 years, before going back to OR tools. Planning, shop scheduling, car sequencing, routing, bin packing, line balancing were among the topics he dealt with at Renault. He was nominated as Renault’s OR expert in 2018 and managed a team of 4 dedicated to the development of OR tools.

Contact Details

Name Gay Bentinck