Due to circumstances beyond our control this event has been cancelled. Professor O’kane’s lecture will be rescheduled for the new year. We apologise for any inconvenience.
My Life in modelling and other things.
This lecture will give an introduction to Professor James O’Kane’s varied career in both the defence industry and academia.
James is the Director of the University’s Business School and Professor of Operations Management.
In his inaugural lecture, he will describe case studies of research projects, highlighting different research approaches and demonstrating the impact of research results for individuals and organisations. Examples of real life projects involving simulation of business processes/systems and human performance modelling, and the use of Simulation and Artificial Intelligence to create Intelligent environments will be shown. Recent research studies focusing on trends and tensions in Global Automotive Supply Chains will be discussed along with the use of traditional manufacturing business improvement techniques in non-manufacturing settings.
James has worked for 27 years in Higher Education as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Principal Lecturer, Reader, Head of Department, Professor, Associate Dean and currently Director of the Business School. Prior to academia, James spent five years in the Defence Industry doing classified work on mathematical modelling of HF radar systems and subsystems. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Operational Research Society.
James’ research interests include Business Modelling, Automotive Supply Change Management and Business Improvement. He is currently on the National Council of the Association for University Research and Industry Links (AURIL) and he has 20 years’ experience of leading Knowledge Transfer projects with a wide range of organisations.