Dr Zhiyuan Lin

Dr Zhiyuan Lin


I have a background in Operational Research (OR), Computational Optimisation and Computer Science. Before joining ITS, Leeds, I was a research fellow at School of Computing, University of Leeds, and then a lecturer at Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

I belong to the Spatial Modelling and Dynamics (SMaD) group of ITS.

I’m a memeber of the Operational Research Society (https://www.theorsociety.com/).


  • Module lead of TRAN5510M Railway Operations and Management

Research interests

Key research interest:

  • Railway scheduling, including timetabling, rolling stock scheduling and crew scheduling
  • The application of Operational Research (OR) and optimisation (esp. combinatorial optimisation and network flow problems) in various transport problems
  • Advanced algorithms for integer linear programming, including both exact and meta/hybrid heuristic methods
  • Machine learning based approaches for transport optimisation

PhD student supervision:

  • Li Lei (School of Computing, completed)
  • Ruifan Tang (2020 – )
  • Jinyi Pan (2022 – )
  • Youxin Lin (School of Civil Engineering, 2022  – )
  • Chuhan Yin (2023 – )
  • Yunjian Luo (2023  – )

Visiting PhDs/scholars:

  • Enze Liu (2022 – 2023)
  • Peiyang Wu (2022 – ) 
  • Fei Han (2022 – 2023)
  • Xue Wu (2022 – 2023)
  • Shaojie Jin (2023 – ) 
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  • PhD Computer Science, School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK

Professional memberships

  • Memeber of the Operational Research Society (https://www.theorsociety.com/).
  • Honorary member of Decision and Cognitive Sciences Research Centre, University of Manchester

Student education

  • I presently teach modules:
    • TRAN5510M Railway Operations & Management (module lead)
    • TRAN5550M Railway Signalling and Control
    • TRAN5020M Principles of Transport Modelling
    • TRAN5181M Public Transport Planning and Management
  • TRAN5912M Transport Integrated Project (TIP): Student mentor and area expert
  • MSc student project supervisor and academic personal tutor

Research groups and institutes

  • Spatial Modelling and Dynamics

Current postgraduate researchers

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