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Prof Paul Harper

WIMCS Research Chair in Operational Research

* Discrete Event Simulation (DES) and System Dynamics (SD) methodologies to explore early detection, screening and treatment issues for various diseases and medical conditions, including diabetic retinopathy, HIV/AIDS and cancer.

* Has worked with a number of healthcare organisations (NHS Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities and Primary Care Trusts for example) to help form policy on resource capacities and simulation modelling of patient pathways.

* Application areas have included hospital bed, workforce and theatre capacity models, intensive care, workforce planning, intermediate and community care, outpatient departments and work on facility-location models for geographical provision of healthcare services.


Cardiff University, Dept of Mathematics




  • * Challenging problems to tackle!
  • * I supervise a number of PhD and MSc students working in this field, and always on lookout for interesting problems of real-life importance and to explore new collaborations; either through funding students, joint grant applications, or consultancy work.

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