Academics

Dr René Bañares Alcántara

rene.jpgSince 1980, my general research interest has been the application of Computer Science techniques in Engineering, focusing mainly on the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques for chemical engineering design, synthesis and diagnosis.

I have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. I also studied at Carnegie Mellon University, where I obtained both my Master’s and a Ph.D in the field of Chemical Engineering. Upon completion of my studies, I worked for various academic institutions including the Instituto de Investigaciones Eléctricas, Facultad de Química and the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

Since 2002, I have been a reader at the Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford and a fellow of New College, Oxford.

My current research interests are in the areas of

  1. development of support systems for the design of policies to achieve environmental targets

  2. acceleration of the validation of the pharmaceutical processes through the use of ontologies

  3. development of support tools for Multi-Criteria Decision Methodologies (MCDM)

I welcome further queries on both my research interest and research group. My contact details are here.

Dr Aidong Yang

I joined Oxford in 2014 as a University Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Engineering Science, and as a Research Fellow of Green Templeton College. Before moving to Oxford, I was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at University of Surrey, where I started as a Lecturer in 2007 after working as a postdoctoral researcher in a number of academic organisations, including Chinese Academy of Science, Louisiana State University, RWTH Aachen, and University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. I studied Chemical Engineering in Hebei University of Technology and Dalian University of Technology and received a Bachelor's degree and a PhD in 1992 and 1997, respectively.

My research interests lie in developing methods and tools for modelling biochemical processes and related systems and in applying models and other systems engineering approaches to support the development of sustainable energy, engineering and manufacturing systems. In particular, we are currently active in two areas, namely biological systems engineering and food-energy-water nexus.

Link to my departmental webpage (with contact details)