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The purpose of Daniel Sandars' current work is to inform UK policy on biodiversity and arable agriculture by providing decision analysis methods and related quantified evidence base. The aim is to identify, develop as necessary, and apply methods which develop the linear programming approach to agricultural production planning to include effects on exemplar indicator species of farmland birds and mammals together with the associated decision making behaviour of farmers. The resulting approach will identify and quantify how farmers respond to changes in the financial, regulatory, climatic and technological environment, especially with respect to initiatives to promote biodiversity. It will be capable of rapid recalculation and easy adaptation to evaluate future, as yet unspecified, choices and changes. In general he applies a variety of modelling and operational research techniques, which often require considerable methodological innovation to succeed (be fit for purpose).

Proceedings of the 3rd EWG-ORAFM meeting

Title:  Proceedings of the Third Meeting of the EURO Working Group on Operational Research (OR) in Agriculture and Forest Management (EWG-ORAFM)
Authors:  Plà, L. M.
Sandars, D. L.
Issue Date:  8-Jul-2007
Abstract:  This working group, which is concerned with operational research methods and applications to agricultural science in its broad meaning (i.e. including Forest Management and Fisheries), was formed in 2003 within the European Association of Operational Research Societies (EURO). The first meeting of the group was held at the former Silsoe Research Institute in 2004. The group intends to have regular meetings in Europe at approximately yearly intervals, usually within the EURO Conferences. However, the next meeting will be held in 2008 within the British Operational Research Society’s OR50 conference in York, followed by the EURO XXIII conference in Bonn in 2009 and the EURO XXIV conference in Lisbon in 2010. The third meeting of the working group; chaired by Dr L. M. Plà of the University of Lleida, with the assistance of D. L. Sandars of Cranfield University, and organised as a stream within the XXII EURO Conference; was held at the University of Economics in Prague from 8th-11th July 2007 where the following papers were read in a set of 10 sessions.





The editor’s final copy is available for download from Cranfield University’s pre-print server

journal coverThese proceedings have been accepted for publication later this year by the Journal of Agricultural Science, Cambridge

Call for papers for the Special Issue: Modeling, optimization and data mining techniques applied in Agriculture & Environment


Operational research: an international journal (ORIJ) – Call for papers for the Special Issue: Modeling, optimization and data mining techniques applied in Agriculture & Environment Guest Editor: Dr. Petraq Papajorgji
New technologies continue to emerge and their master and use in agriculture requires that farmers gather more information and make more complex technological choices. In particular, the advent of Internet has opened vast opportunities for communication and business opportunities within the agricultural community. But at the same time, it has created another class of complex issues that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Farmers and agricultural researchers are faced with an overwhelming amount of information they need to analyze and synthesize to successfully manage all the facets of the agricultural production.
This daunting challenge requires new and complex approaches to farm management. A new type of agricultural management system requires active cooperation amongst multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional teams and refining of existing and creating new analytical theories with potential use in agriculture. Therefore, new management agricultural systems must combine the newest achievements in many scientific domains such as agronomy, economics, mathematics and computer science to name a few.
This volume will combine efforts of many researchers in different areas with the goal of providing the readers with a wide spectrum of advanced applications in agriculture and environment. Only unpublished work will be accepted.

Topics of interest are:

– Optimization techniques applied agriculture and environment,

– Data mining techniques in agriculture and environment,

– UML (The Unified Modeling Language) and its applications in agriculture and environment,

– OCL (Object Constraint Language) and its use in agricultural and environmental systems

– MDA (Model Driven Architecture)

– Crop modeling techniques and applications,

– Decision Support Systems and other topics of interests.

Proposed papers will be examined by a group of three reviewers to ensure high quality of the volume.

Important dates:

November, 30, 2008 is the deadline for accepting papers March 30, 2009 is the deadline for delivering the volume Around end June 2009 for volume publication

Guidelines for the preparation of the manuscripts are available at the journal’s website:

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically, through the editorial manager of ORIJ, which is available at:






Important note: At the first stage of the submission process, authors should select “SI: Optimization in agriculture” from the article type list.
Contact: Dr. Petraq PAPAJORGJI
Email: petraq(a)