William Dowsland

B.Sc, Ph.D. (Wales), C.Eng, MCMI, MBCS, CITP, FORS.

Company E-Mail: bill@goweralg.co.uk

Personal (academic) E-mail: W.B.Dowsland@btconnect.com


BSc (1st class Honours) Industrial Systems Engineering, University of Wales Swansea, 1973.

PhD in Management Information Systems, University of Wales Swansea, 1977.

Employment History.


Lecturer, OR / IT, University of Wales Swansea.


Senior Lecturer, OR/IT, University of Wales, Swansea.

2001-date Managing Director, Gower Optimal Algorithms Ltd, Swansea, UK. www.goweralg.co.uk / www.packyourpallet.com / www.packyourcontainer.com 

Research and Consultancy Interests: Operational research applications; cutting and packing; IT applications, e-commerce / e-business.

Training / Lecturing Interests: IT applications; information and decision systems; business computing; operational research, Logistics.

Overview: After gaining a first in Industrial Systems Engineering I went on to pursue my doctorate in the area of Management Information and Decision Systems, and subsequent research has been both in this area and in the application of heuristic techniques in Operational Research, in particular to the problems of cutting and packing. As well as my management role, I am involved in a range of consultancy work for both international and local companies.

Clients: Our company provides logistics solutions and consultancy to companies worldwide including Arjo Wiggins, Boxes Prestige, Carillion, Chivas, Diageo, Disney, Draper Tools, Estee Lauder, Fergusons, Guinness, Meyer Prestige, Northern Foods, Panasonic, Princes, RHM, Scottish Courage, Taylors, TDG and Unilever.

Membership of Societies and Working Groups

Selected publications.

Combinatorial Optimisation - Tools for Practical Problem Solving, with K. Dowsland. OR Insight, v19,3, 3-13 (July 2006)

Vaid S., Dowsland K.A., Dowsland W.B. (2002), 'An algorithms for polygon placement using a bottom-left strategy', European Journal of Operational Research. 141(2) 371-381

Bennell J.A., Dowsland K.A., Dowsland W.B. (2001), 'The Irregular Cutting-Stock Problem - a New Procedure for Deriving the No-Fit Polygon', Computers and Operations Research, 28 (2001) 271-287. [ISSN 0305-0548]

Jacobs G. , Dowsland W.B. (2000). 'The Dot-Com Economy in Wales: A Long Road Ahead'. - Proceedings of the 5th Annual Conference of the UKAIS, Cardiff, 26th-28th April 2000. pp. 590-596. ISBN - 007 709755 6

Dowsland K.A., Herbert E.A., Dowsland W.B. and Bennell J.A. (1999), 'Incorporating Tree-Search Bounds into Genetic Algorithms for Packing Problems', Proceeding of 3rd International Metaheuristics Conference - MIC'99, Angra dos Reis, Brazil. July 19-23 1999. pp 189-192.

Dowsland K, Dowsland, W.B. and Bennell, J. (1998). 'Jostling for position - local improvement for irregular cutting patterns. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 49, 1-12. ISSN 0160-5682.

Dowsland, W.B. and Dowsland K.A. (1992): 'Packing Problems', European Journal of Operational Research, v56, 214.

Dowsland, W.B. (1992): 'Volumetric Influences in Packing', O.R. Spectrum. v13, 4, 198204.

Dowsland, W.B. (1991): 'Three Dimensional Packing Solution approaches and Heuristic Development'. International Journal of Production Research, v29, 8, 16731685.


Last updated: 1st December 2017.