• 133 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
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Dr. Devon K. Barrow is a Senior Lecturer at Coventry Business School. He was previously a Research Associate at the Lancaster Centre for Forecasting and at present holds a Visiting Researcher position within the Centre. His research focuses on time series prediction with neural networks and statistical methods, with a particular emphasis on forecast combination and model selection. He also has an interest in education and pedagogical design with specific application to the forecasting domain. Dr. Barrow has worked on real world problems in call centre, electric load, and utility forecasting and provided knowledge transfer and consultancy in forecasting and supply chain management within the Manufacturing and Retail Sectors. He has delivered academic and practitioner training courses in forecasting, and presents regularly at leading international forecasting conferences. He is a past member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT).

Area of Expertise:

  • Business analytics and statistics
  • Design and evaluation of Forecasting Methods
  • Forecasting for demand planning in call centre, retail and supply chain, inventory and energy
  • Supply Chain Management and Logistics
  • Forecasting and Education
  • Research design and methodology
  • Programming and Software Development

Research Interests

Forecasting and Education; Issues in forecast model selection and combination; Forecasting for Supply Chain, Procurement and Logistics; Learning and decision support systems for forecasting and planning; Design and empirical evaluation of statistical and computational intelligence forecasting methods; Business Forecasting with specific interests in forecasting for Inventory, Call centre and Energy planning

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Research Output 2008 2017

  • 133 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
  • 8 Article
  • 1 Chapter
  • 1 Conference proceeding
3 Citations

Demand forecasting by temporal aggregation: Using optimal or multiple aggregation levels?

Kourentzes, N., Rostami-Tabar, B. & Barrow, D. K. Sep 2017 In : Journal of Business Research. 78, p. 1-9 10 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
Temporal aggregation
Demand forecasting
Business research
Control mechanism
Stock control

Reverse logistics KPIs: measuring sustainability performance

Abd Hamid, N. F. B., Lim, M., Barrow, D. & Kwak, D-W. Sep 2017 Annual Logistics Research Network Conference 2017.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewConference proceeding

Reverse logistics
Key performance indicators
Conceptual framework
Performance measurement
5 Citations

A comparison of AdaBoost algorithms for time series forecast combination

Barrow, D. & Crone, S. 2016 In : International Journal of Forecasting. 32, 4, p. 1103–1119

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
Forecast combination
Model selection
Control mechanism
Empirical evaluation
6 Citations

Cross-validation aggregation for combining autoregressive neural network forecasts

Barrow, D. K. & Crone, S. F. Oct 2016 In : International Journal of Forecasting. 32, 4, p. 1120–1137

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Open Access
Neural networks
Forecasting accuracy
Model selection
8 Citations
Open Access
Inventory control
Inventory management
Combination of forecasts
Quality control

Activities 2011 2014

  • 6 Participation in conference

International Symposium on Inventory

Barrow, D. (Session Chair)
18 Aug 201422 Aug 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

OR56 Annual Conference

Barrow, D. (Session Chair)
9 Sep 201411 Sep 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

26th European Conference on Operational Research

Barrow, D. (Session Chair)
1 Jul 20134 Jul 2013

Activity: Participation in conference

International Symposium on Forecasting

Barrow, D. (Speaker)
24 Jun 201227 Jun 2012

Activity: Participation in conference

32nd International Symposium on Forecasting 2012

Barrow, D. (Session Chair)
24 Jun 201227 Jun 2012

Activity: Participation in conference