Dr Wen Zhang

EBS - Strategy, Operations and Entrepreneurship (SOE)
Dr Wen Zhang



Wen Zhang is a Lecturer in Business Analytics. She has a PhD in Operations Research and Management Science from Warwick Business School, under the supervision of Professor Juergen Branke and Dr Wenjuan Zhang. She has an MSc in Engineering Management (with distinction) from the University of York, UK and a BEng in Automation from the University of Jinan, China. Before joining EBS, she worked as a Research Officer in the London School of Economics and Political Science, under the supervision of Professor Henry Wynn. Her current research interests focus on simulation optimisation, decision-making under uncertainty and AI for social good (mainly in the insurance/legal realm now). She is a recipient of the 2014 Warwick Business School Scholarship for PhD and 2016 Winter simulation conference diversity award. She is a Fellow (D2) of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). Prospective students with a solid background in operations research and management science, statistics, programming (such as Matlab, Python or R) and are interested in simulation optimisation or AI for social good are very welcome to enquire.


  • PhD Warwick Business School, (2019)

  • MSc University of York, (2013)

  • BEng University of Jinan, (2012)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer in Bunisness Analytics, Essex Business School (1/7/2020 - present)

Other academic

  • Research Officer, London School of Economics and Political Science (1/7/2018 - 30/6/2020)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Multiobjective ranking and selection

Select the Pareto-optimal set from a finite set of systems evaluated on multiple stochastic objectives. By determining how to allocate a simulation budget among the systems, we can reach the desired goal with the least number of simulation budgets.

Key words: optimisation
Open to supervise

Business analytics

Key words: insurance
Open to supervise

Conferences and presentations

Decision support systems in civil litigation: a case study from an UK insurance company

Invited presentation, DCSRC seminar, Decision and Cognitive Sciences Research Centre seminar, Manchester, United Kingdom, 3/11/2021

Decision-support in litigation

Invited presentation, Decision-support in litigation, Royal Statistical Society, 6/12/2019

Multiobjective ranking and selection based on hypervolume

Invited presentation, Winter Simulation Conference 2016, Winter Simulation Conference 2016, 5/12/2016

A new myopic sequential sampling algorithm for multi-objective problems

Invited presentation, Winter simulation conference 2015, Winter simulation conference, 5/12/2015

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Business Research Methods (BE218)

  • Business Analytics for Managers and Entrepreneurs (BE277)

  • Professional and Academic Development 2 (BE906)


Journal articles (2)

Zhang, W., Dunkley, A., Kanabar, U., Elliott, D. and Wynn, HP., (2021). A decision support system for liability in civil litigation: a case study from an insurance company. Annals of Operations Research

Branke, J. and Zhang, W., (2019). Identifying efficient solutions via simulation: myopic multi-objective budget allocation for the bi-objective case. OR Spectrum. 41 (3), 831-865

Conferences (2)

Branke, J., Zhang, W. and Yang Tao, (2016). Multio-bjective ranking and selection based on hypervolume

Branke, J. and Wen Zhang, (2015). A new myopic sequential sampling algorithm for multi-objective problems



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