Contact Dr Trung Hieu Tran

Areas of expertise

  • Computing, Simulation & Modelling


Dr Trung Hieu Tran achieved a BEng in Industrial and Systems Engineering at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (2005) and a PhD in Operational Research at National University of Singapore (2011). Prior to the Centre for Competitive Creative Design (C4D), Cranfield University, he held a Lecturer at Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (2005-2006) and Research Fellow positions at National University of Singapore, University of Kent, University of Warwick, University of Nottingham and Brunel University London (2011-2020).

During the period of time, he has been trained in analysis, design and implementation of mathematical programming models, meta-heuristic algorithms and multi-criteria decision-making techniques in the areas of production planning and scheduling, logistics and supply chain management, port operations and urban planning. In addition, he has experienced in data mining, machine learning and agent-based model in urban complexity and sustainability, as well as large-scale network modelling and optimization under risk of operational disruptions in public transport, hub/fuel-station location and gas transmission.

Over the past year, he held a Co-Investigator role in the GCRF-OSIRIS project 'Optimal investment strategies to minimize flood impact on road infrastructure systems in Vietnam', funded by the British Academy's Global Challenges Research Fund: Cities and Infrastructure Programme. He has been the leading author of several journal articles in European Journal of Operational Research, Transportation Science, Annals of Operations Research, Journal of Scheduling, OMEGA, etc. He has recently participated in the editorial board of Inquest Journal of E-waste, and Journal of Cloud Computing and Data Science.

Research opportunities

His research interests focus on the theory and application of optimization methods (both mathematical programming models and meta-heuristic algorithms) in Operational Research, and agent-based modelling and artificial intelligence in Computer Science, for manufacturing, service and urban design under uncertainties (e.g., disruption, climate change). He is interested in national and international research collaborations, and supervising PhD and MSc students in the fields.

In addition, he has developed and enhanced the research projects of blockchain technology in Aviation Industry, and AR/VR/MR technology in Museum/ Arts. If prospective research students (including self-funded or scholarship) are interested in the hot topics, please drop me email for further discussion.

Current activities

Dr Trung Hieu Tran is a Lecturer in Data Analytics at the C4D, Cranfield University. He supports two modules in Design Method, and leads one module in Creative Enterprise and Entrepreneurship. He has developed a research programme combined Operational Research techniques and Big Data analytics to support developing countries for solving challenging problems under impact of climate change. In addition, he leads the Data-driven Innovation Community of Practice at the C4D, which aims to drive forward a bid winning culture to deliver high profile R&D projects.



British Academy (UK)

Leverhulme Trust (UK)

National Grid (UK)

Boeing (USA)

European Commission (EU)

Transport Development and Strategy Institute (VN)


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