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 and lead its Transport Optimisation and Decision Making sub-group.


  • Module leader of TRAN5510M Railway Operations and Management
  • Module leader of TRAN5181M Public Transport Planning and Management
  • MSc student personal tutor

Research interests

Key research interest:

  • Railway scheduling, inclduing 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, inclduing exact and meta/hybrid heuristic methods

Research projects (past and ongoing):

  • Innovate UK / Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB): Dynamic train planning: Very Short Term Planning (VSTP)
  • EU Horizon 2020 - Innovation Actions: MOdify Drivers’ behaviour to Adapt for Lower EmissionS (MODALES) https://modales-project.eu/
  • EU Horizon 2020: Roadmaps for A.I. Integration in the Rail Sector (RAILS) https://rails-project.eu/ 
  • UK EPSRC: Train Unit Scheduling Optimisation
  • UK EPSRC: Assessing the underworld - an integrated performance model of city infrastructures
  • UK EPSRC: Mapping the Underworld
  • EU and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness of the Spanish Government: Structural analysis of mathematical models for optimization in location and transportation planning
  • Alliance Manchester Business School: Assessing train timetable robustness by supervised machine learning

PhD student supervision:

  • Li Lei (School of Computing, graduated)
  • Ruifan Tang (2020 – )

Visiting PhD/scholar supervision:

  • Xue Wu (Civil Engineering, 2022 –)
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  • PhD Computer Science, School of Computing, University of Leeds, UK

Professional memberships

  • Honorary member of Decision and Cognitive Sciences Research Centre, University of Manchester

Student education

  • I presently teach modules:
    • TRAN5510M Railway Operations & Management (module leader)
    • TRAN5181M Public Transport Planning and Management (module leader)
    • TRAN5550M Railway Signalling and Control
    • TRAN3031 Public Transport Policy and Practice   
    • TRAN5020M Principles of Transport Modelling (lab sessions)
  • 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
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