Professor Shaofeng Liu
Profiles

Professor Shaofeng Liu

Plymouth Business School (Faculty of Business)

Role


Qualifications

 

Professional membership

 

Roles on external bodies

Expert Evaluator for research councils: 

  • European Commision (Horizon 2020 programme)
  • UK ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council)
  • UK EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council)
  • British Academy
  • UK Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Universities UK International

Editorial Boards for international journals: 

Programme Scientific Committee/ Chairing for international conferences: 

Teaching interests

At undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA levels:

(1) Knowledge management and decision making

  • Knowledge representation and modelling
  • Knowledge reasoning/ inference
  • Knowledge-based decision support systems

(2) Management Decision Making
  •      Decision trees
  •     Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP)
  •     Analytical Network Process (ANP) 
  •     Linear Programming
  •     Group and organisational decision making
  •      Multi-criteria decision making
  •     Intelligent decision support: AI for decision making   
 (3) Operations Management
  •     Manufacturing and service processes
  •     Resource management
  •     Quality management
  •     Supply chain management 
  •     Lean operations
 (4) Sustainable Supply Chain Management
  •     Supply chain risk management
  •     Supply chain resilience
  •     Closed-loop supply chains
  •     Reverse logistics
  •    Green supply chains
(5) Business in Context
  •     Business activities 
  •     Business strategic decisions (strategy, management and leadership models)
  •     Business organisation (size, ownership)
  •     Business environment (culture, economy, state and social influences)
(6) Business Intelligence (BI) and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems 


Award from UK HEA:
- 2013-2014 UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) seminar series, workshop on "Exploring innovative approaches to experiential teaching and learning in Management Decision Making education", held on 23rd April 2014 in Plymouth.

Staff serving as external examiners

External examiner for PhD/MPhil research degree viva:

External examiner for over 10 PhD/MPhil research degrees inside and outside UK. Some of the most recent external examination include:

  • 2017, Loughborough University, UK. Thesis title "A decision support framework for sustainable supply chain management".
  • 2017, Huddersfield University, UK. Thesis title "Modelling an end-to-end supply chain system using simulation".
  • 2017, Liverpool University, UK. Thesis title "Design and evaluation of sustainable packing in supply chain".
  • 2016, University of Cape Town, South Africa. Thesis title "WiMAX spectrumvirtualization and network federation".
  • 2015, University of Strathclyde, thesis title "A strategic operations framework for disassembly in remanufacturing".
  • 2014, University of Central Lancashire, thesis title "Evaluation of business benefits of SaaS-based integrated enterprise systems for SMEs". 
  • 2014, University of Strathclyde, thesis title "Improving the process of cleaning in automotive remanufacturing".
  • 2013, University of Toulouse (France), thesis title " Decision support for infrastructure network vulnerability assessment in natural disaster crisis situations". 
  • 2013, Manchester University, Manchester Business School, thesis title "Knowledge Sharing by Using Knowledge Management Systems to Support Decision-Making Process in Multinational Corporations". 
  • 2013, Liverpool University, Liverpool Management School, thesis title " Carbon emission policies impact in logistics supply chain networks". 
  • 2013, Greenwich University, Greenwich Management School, thesis title "Decision Support for Operational ERP Systems Implementation in Small and Medium Enterprises".

Research interests

  Knowledge-based techniques in business and management, particularly:

  •     Decision making and intelligent decision support
  •     Knowledge management (knowledge sharing, networking and mobilisation; lean KM)
  •     Product and service value chain innovation
  •     Business process improvement
  •     Resource management and quality management 
  •     Project management
  •     Multi-criteria decision analysis and life cycle assessment
  •     Lean and green operations management 
  •     Sustainable and global supply chain management 
  •     Business intelligence and ERP systems
  •     Business models 
  •     Digital business

Current PhD projects:
  • Lean knowledge management for global supply chain integration decisions, Jiang Pan.
  • Knowledge networking and mobilisation framework for lean supply chain decisions. Huilan Chen.
  • The alignment of business and information systems for improving e-Government performance. Sulaiman Alfadhel. 
  • Developing Chinese oil port sustainability policy. Xuemuge Wang. 
  • The impact of inter-organisational knowledge management on supply chain resilience. Guoqing Zhao
  • Modelling strategic factors affecting cohesive decision making across multiple stakeholder groups. David Carter, DoS - Dr J. Moizer.
  • Supply chain collaboration in grocery retailing, Ghada Elkady , DoS - Dr J. Moizer
  • Logistics and production management: cost and investment analysis. Michael Radler. DoS - Prof Klaus Meier.
  • Innovative QoE Model for Multimedia Services,  Avsar Asan. DoS - Dr Lingfen Sun.
  • Supply Chain and Corporate Strategy, Andy Helming. DoS - Professor Klaus-Jurien Meier.
  • Innovative business model for AD diagnostic platform in healthcare,Jie Zheng (Marie Curie Fellow). DoS - Professor Nikolaos Tzokas.

Grants & contracts

  • 2016-2020, Horizon 2020 project "Enhancing and implementing knowledge based ICT solutions within high risk and uncertain conditions for agriculture production systems (RUC-APS)", funded by European Commission under Marie Curie RISE scheme, €1.3M (WP leader).
  • 2017-2020, Horizon 2020 project Blood Biomarker-based Diagnostic Tools for Early Stage Alzheimer's Disease (BBDiag)", funded by European Commission under Marie Curie ETN scheme, €3.5M (Co-ordinaor:  Professor Genhua Pan from University of Plymouth).
  • 2018-2021, EUHorizon 2020 project “An Integrated Platform for Developing Brain CANcerDiagnostic Techniques (AiPBAND)”, funded by European Commission under MarieCurie ETN scheme, €3.7M (Co-ordinator: Dr Xingzhong Li from University of Plymouth). 
  • 2017-2019, EU Erasmus Plus project “Innovating youth work to foster youth active citizenship,entrepreneurship and employability (YOU-ACE)”, €197,925 (Plymouth PI: Dr Jonathan Moizer). 
  • 2015-2018, Horizon 2020 project "Innovative Quality of Experience Management in Emerging Multimedia Services (QoE-Net)", funded by European Commission under Marie Curie ETN scheme, €3.1M for the project (€547K to Plymouth, with Dr Lingfen Sun as WP leader and Professor Emmanuel Ifeachor).
  • 2015-2017, Post-doc Knowledge Transfer Partnership project Researching, evaluating and embedding sustainable technologies into Construction industry", funded by Innovate UK/EPSRC and Wates Construction, £146,000 (with Professor Steve Goodhew as Academic Lead). Link to project release on the KTP Associate, Dr Zainab Dangana
  • 2014-2016, EU Erasmus Plus KA2 project Developing online tools to foster entrepreneurship in retail sector for young people (LET IT BE PROJECT)", funded by European Commission, €120,832. Full details on the project website 
  • 2014-2015, " An Innovative, Consumer-centric Eco-system for Sustainable Water Resource Management (ICONS)", funded by ISSR Collaborative Awards scheme.
  • 2013-2014, " Exploring innovative approaches to experiential teaching and learning in Management Decision Making education", funded by UK Higher Education Academy (HEA).
  • 2013, Invited Professor, fully funded by French National Research Institute IRIT at the University of Toulouse, with Professor Pascale Zarate.
  • 2012-2013, Lean-KM project (Enabling systematic elimination of production waste to achieve lean operations through decision-focused knowledge management: beyond know-how and know-what), awarded by Social Science Collaboration scheme through University of Plymouth.
  • 2010-2012, GOM (Green Operations Management - integration challenges and decision support) project, awarded by International Research Networking and Collaboration (IRNC) Scheme through University of Plymouth, £10,000.
  • 2011, WEIR (Waste Elimination to Improve Resource Utilization for SMEs’ Sustainability) project , awarded by Research and Enterprise scheme through University of Plymouth. 
  • 2010, CoMPaSS (Cost Management in Production and Service Systems) project, awarded by Research and Enterprise scheme through University of Plymouth.
  • 2009, International travel grant, awarded by UK Royal Academy of Engineering.
  • 2008-2011, Doctor Training Account (DTA), awarded by UK EPSRC through NECTISE project  (with Professor Alex Duffy), £80,000.
  • 2006-2011, UK EPSRC funded project NECTISE (Network Enabled Capability Through Integrated Systems Engineering, £8.4M), Decision Support Topic led by Professor Alex Duffy, University of Strathclyde.
  • 2006-2009, EU FP6 project VIRTUE (The Virtual Tank Utility in Europe, integrated project, €15M). The Integration Workpackage was led by Professor Alex Duffy at University of Strathclyde.
  • 2006-2009, EU FP6 project SAFEDOR (Design, Operation and Regulation for Safety, integrated project, €18M). (with Professor Alex Duffy, University of Strathclyde).
  • 2004 - 2006, UK EPSRC funded project ICID (Information Content In Documents, £1.5M), led by Professor Chris McMahon and Professor Steve Cully, University of Bath.

Published over 150 peer-refereed research papers, including journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, guest editorial for journal Special Issues, and editorial for books and conference/workshop proceedings. See my Google Scholar Profile

Some recent journal papers: 

Recent editorial work:
  • Guest editor, Special Issue on Sustainable knowledge-based decision support systems for business performance improvement in real industrial environment", Industrial Management and Data Systems (IM&DS). Journal 2014 impact factor: 1.226. (Guest Editors: S Liu, B Delibasic, L Butel and X Han).
  • Guest editor, Special Issue on "Integrated Decision Support Systems", Journal of Decision Systems, 2015, 24(2). Print ISSN 1246-0125, online ISSN 2116-7052 (Editors: I Linden, J Papathanasiou and S Liu).
  • Guest editor, Special Issue on “Knowledge-Based Decision Systems” for Journal of Decision Systems, 2014, 23(2). Print ISSN 1246-0125, online ISSN 2116-7052 (Editors: S Liu, P Zarate and R Ribeiro).
  • Guest editor, Special Issue on “Prediction, Simulation and Optimization Methods for Decision Making” for International Journal of Decision Support Systems Technology, 2013, 5(3). Print ISSN: 1941-6296, online ISSN: 1941-630X (Editors: F Dargam, S Liu and I Linden).
  • Guest editor, Special Issue on “Modelling Decision Systems for Critical Applications” for International Journal of Decision Support Systems Technology, 2013, 5(2). Print ISSN: 1941-6296, online ISSN: 1941-630X (Editors: F Dargam, S Liu and I Linden).
  • Guest editor, Special Issue on "Collaborative Decision Making" for International Journal on Information and Decision Science, 2013, 5(3). (Jason Papathanasiou, S Liu and Pascale Zarate)
  • Guest editor, Special Issue on "Networking Decision Making and Negotiation" for International Journal of Decision Support Systems Technology, 2012, 4(2). (Fatima Dargam, Boris Delibasic, Jorge Hernandez and S Liu) 
  • Guest editor, Special Issue on "Networking Decision Making and Negotiation" for International Journal of Decision Support Systems Technology, 2012, 4(3). (Fatima Dargam, Boris Delibasic, Jorge Hernandez and S Liu)
  • Guest editor, Springer book on “Decision Support Systems in Industries, trends and solutions in the 21st century” for Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, 2013. ISSN: 1865-1348 (Editors: Jorge Hernández, S Liu, P Zaraté, F Dargam, B Delibasic and R Ribeiro) (in progress).
  • Guest editor, Springer book on "Decision Support Systems – Collaborative Models and Approaches in Real Environments" for Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing (LNBIP vol. 121), 2012. (Jorge Hernández, Pascale Zaraté, Fatima Dargam, Boris Delibasic, S Liu and Rita Ribeiro). ISSN 1865-1348, ISBN 978-3-642-32190-0.
  • Editor for workshop proceedings, EWG-DSS 2013 Thessaloniki Workshop on “Decisions in Internet Age”, 28th – 30th May 2013, Thessaloniki, Greece. (Fatima Dargam, Boris Delibasic, Jorge Hernandez, S Liu, Rita Ribeiro, Pascale Zarate, Jason Papathanasiou)
  • Editor for workshop proceedings, EWG-DSS 2012 Liverpool Workshop on “Decision Support Systems & Operations Management Trends and Solutions in Industries”, 10th-12th April, 2012, Liverpool, UK. (Fatima Dargam, Boris Delibasic, Jorge Hernandez, S Liu, Rita Ribeiro and Pascale Zarate). ISBN: 978-0-9561122-4-8.
  • Editor for workshop proceedings, EWG-DSS 2011 London Workshop on “Decision Systems”, 23rd-24th June 2011, London, UK. (Fatima Dargam, Boris Delibasic, Jorge Hernandez, S Liu, Rita Ribeiro and Pascale Zarate)
  • Editor for workshop proceedings, EWG-DSS 2011 Paris Workshop on “Collaborative Decision Making”, 30th November – 1st December 2011, Paris, France. (Fatima Dargam, Boris Delibasic, Jorge Hernandez, S Liu, Rita Ribeiro and Pascale Zarate)

Links

Pages of previous colleagues:

Professor Alex Duffy   Dr Ali Alkhuraiji    Professor Bob Young    Professor Chris McMahon   Dr David Guerra Zubiaga   Dr Denny Cheung   Dr Hawazen Alamoudi     Dr Iain Boyle      Dr Ian Whitfield     Dr George Gunendran   Dr Jason Matthews    Dr Jie Zhao    Dr John Hopkins  Dr Karim Soliman     Dr Lian Ding      Dr Mansur Darlington      Peter Wild    Professor Roberto Rosso    Professor Steve Culley     Dr Oluwafemi Oyemomi       Dr Uchitha Jayawickrama    


International/national conferences/workshops :