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Dr Yi Qu

Senior Lecturer

Department: Newcastle Business School

Dr Yi Qu is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Business School. Yi holds a PhD in Management Science from the University of Southampton and a BSc in Mathematics at Beijing Normal University, which ranks top three in mathematics in China. Prior to joining Northumbria University in June 2017, she worked as a research fellow in the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning research group in the department of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham.

Yi’s main research and teaching interests include business analytics and statistical analytics methods, mathematical modelling and optimisation of a variety of problems in transportation and healthcare, including vehicle routing, service network design in intermodal/multi-modal transportation, pickup and delivery, shortest path, transport planning, staff rostering, home healthcare worker routing and scheduling, ambulance scheduling by using mathematical programming, heuristics and meta-heuristics and multi-objective methods. Yi has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Computers & Operations Research, Networks and Spatial Economics, Applied Economics Letters, EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics and Applied Sciences. Yi also serves as a reviewer for journals such as Journal of Heuristics(ABS 3*) and Computers & Operations Research (ABS 3*). Yi also serves as the session chair on related topics in international conferences. Yi has also formed and lead a Research Interest Group at the University called: “Operations Management Applied to Healthcare” to enhance the research collaboration internally and externally with both academic and industrial collaborators as well as funding bodies. In February 2020, Yi received funding from Northern Accelerator to investigate AI-based Planning and Scheduling of Resources in Healthcare.


Yi Qu

Campus Address

CCE1, Northumbria University

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Key Publications

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  • A Two-Branch Network Combined With Robust Principal Component Analysis for Hyperspectral Image Classification, Mu, C., Zeng, Q., Liu, Y., Qu, Y. 14 Aug 2020, In: IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters
  • First-order Linear Programming in a Column Generation Based Heuristic Approach to the Nurse Rostering Problem, Strandmark, P., Qu, Y., Curtois, T. Aug 2020, In: Computers & Operations Research
  • Green Biased Technical Change in Terms of Industrial Water Resources in China’s Yangtze River Economic Belt, Zhang, X., Sun, F., Wang, H., Qu, Y. 17 Apr 2020, In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
  • Solving the Multi-activity Shift Scheduling Problem using Variable Neighbourhood Search, Qu, Y., Curtois, T. Feb 2020, Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems 2020, Portugal, Scitepress
  • Efficiency of Cassava Production in China, Fu, H., Qu, Y., Pan, Y. 13 Aug 2018, In: Applied Sciences
  • Large neighbourhood search with adaptive guided ejection search for the pickup and delivery problem with time windows, Curtois, T., Landa-silva, D., Qu, Y., Laesanklang, W. Jun 2018, In: EURO Journal on Transportation and Logistics
  • Market manipulation with sentiment traders, Zeng, Q., Liu, S., Qu, Y., Zhang, Q. 23 Feb 2018, In: Applied Economics Letters
  • Job Insertion for the Pickup and Delivery Problem with Time Windows, Qu, Y., Curtois, T. 18 Dec 2017, In: Lecture Notes in Management Science
  • Towards Collaborative Optimisation in a Shared-logistics Environment for Pickup and Delivery Operations, Curtois, T., Laesanklang, W., Landa-Silva, D., Mesgarpour, M., Qu, Y. Feb 2017, Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Operations Research and Enterprise Systems, Scitepress
  • Sustainability SI: multimode multicommodity network design model for intermodal freight transportation with transfer and emission costs, Qu, Y., Bektas, T., Bennell, J. 1 Mar 2016, In: Networks and Spatial Economics


  • Management Science PhD April 11 2016
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy FHEA 2019

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