Professor Dong Li

Professor of Operational Research


Dong Li is a Professor of Operational Research at Lancaster University Management School. Before taking this post Dong was a Senior Lecturer and then Reader in Operations Management at Loughborough Business School. Prior to that he was a Lecturer in Operations Management at University of York. Apart from the academic posts, Dong had worked as an operations researcher in AVIS Budget Group (Bracknell, UK) and Intel Corp (Shanghai, China). He holds a BEng and MEng in Mechanical Engineering from Xi’an Jiaotong University, China. He also obtained an MEng in Industrial Engineering from National University of Singapore. Dong received his PhD degree in Management Science from Lancaster University.

Dong’s main research interests include Revenue Management and Pricing (applied in Sharing/Platform economy), Discrete Choice Modelling, Scheduling and Resource Allocation (in Healthcare in particular). Methodologically he is mostly skilled in Markov Decision Process, Approximate Dynamic Programming, Reinforcement Learning, and Multi-armed Bandits (Restless Bandits). Dong has also done significant works in Stochastic Programming.

His research has appeared in top peer reviewed international journals including, Production and Operations Management, European Journal of Operational Research, Journal of Operational Research Society, Naval Research Logistics, Journal of Revenue and Pricing Management, OR Spectrum, Transportation Research Part E, Annals of Operations Research, International Journal of Production Research, and etc.

Dong is an associate editor of Computational Management Science.

Selected Publications

Bid price controls for car rental network revenue management
Li, D., Pang, Z., Qian, L. 31/01/2023 In: Production and Operations Management. 32, 1, p. 261-282. 22 p.
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The multi-visit drone routing problem for pickup and delivery services
Meng, S., Guo, X., Li, D., Liu, G. 31/01/2023 In: Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review. 169
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A vehicle routing problem with distribution uncertainty in deadlines
Zhang, D., Li, D., Sun, H., Hou, L. 1/07/2021 In: European Journal of Operational Research. 292, 1, p. 311-326. 16 p.
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Partial disassembly line balancing under uncertainty: robust optimisation models and an improved migrating birds optimisation algorithm
Xiao, Q., Guo, X., Li, D. 19/05/2021 In: International Journal of Production Research. 59, 10, p. 2977-2995. 19 p.
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When to switch? Index policies for resource scheduling in emergency response
Li, D., Ding, L., Connor, S. 28/02/2020 In: Production and Operations Management. 29, 2, p. 241-262. 22 p.
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Carbon-efficient deployment of electric rubber-tyred gantry cranes in container terminals with workload uncertainty
Yu, D., Li, D., Sha, M., Zhang, D. 1/06/2019 In: European Journal of Operational Research. 275, 2, p. 552-569. 18 p.
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Ride-matching and routing optimisation: Models and a large neighbourhood search heuristic
Hou, L., Li, D., Zhang, D. 31/10/2018 In: Transportation Research Part E: Logistics and Transportation Review. 118, p. 143-162. 20 p.
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Dynamic booking control for car rental revenue management: A decomposition approach
Li, D., Pang, Z. 1/02/2017 In: European Journal of Operational Research. 256, 3, p. 850-867. 18 p.
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A Bayesian approach to the triage problem with imperfect classification
Li, D., Glazebrook, K.D. 16/11/2011 In: European Journal of Operational Research. 215, 1, p. 169-180. 12 p.
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  • Centre for Transport & Logistics (CENTRAL)
  • Health Systems
  • Optimisation
  • Simulation and Stochastic Modelling
  • STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training