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A member of the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University, and a member of FTC where she leads a research group on Supply Chain Optimisaton within Manufacturing Cluster. Her main research work has been in the areas of modelling and treatment of uncertainty, using non-conventional methods such as fuzzy sets and fuzzy logic, optimisation and multi-objective optimisation, in particular fuzzy optimisation in domains including supply chain management, inventory control, reverse logistics, production scheduling, and forecasting.

The Principal Investigator on 4 projects awarded by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK) in the area of decision support and optimisation of supply chain management and control, production scheduling, scheduling in healthcare and robust and resilient supply networks; she conducted leading research on Industrial Case EPSRC grant in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover on control of autonomous vehicle; she was taking part on two FP7 – EU (European Union) grants on supporting highly adaptive network enterprise collaboration and risk management in global production networks; she received 3 fundings from DSTL (Defence Science and Technology Laboratory) in the area of unmanned distribution capability and system modelling under uncertainty, and most recently with Virgin Atlantic on improving pilot rostering; she was a co-partner on an Erasmus+ project on enhancing HE research potential in Balkan region and Tempus project on students’ internships. In all the research projects, Prof Petrovic collaborated with other academic institutions, and a number of industry/services in the U.K. and Europe.

Published nearly 50 papers in peer reviewed journals and chapters in edited books and nearly 100 papers in proceedings of international conferences. According to one review published in European Journal of Operational Research, 247, (2015), two of her papers are listed among the top 10 ‘most cited’ and of ‘most prestige’ in the field of supply chain risk.

An Associate Editor of International Journal of Systems Sciences, International Journal of Systems Science: Operations & Logistics  and IMA Journal of Management Mathematics.

Member of COPIOR - Committee of Professors of Operational Research.

Peer reviewed for various funding bodies including EPSRC, The Leverhume Trust, Research Foundation – Flanders, Research Council Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, The Impulse Council on Belgium, INSPIRE - British Council, FWO – Research Foundation – Flanders, Republic of Serbia Ministry of Science and Czech Science Foundation.

Supervised 14 completed PhD students.

Vision Statement

I have been doing research which combines the Operational Research and Artificial Intelligence research areas. I have been developing new methods for uncertainty modelling, using fuzzy sets and fuzzy logic, and methods for optimisation in the presence of uncertainty and have applied them in various domains, such as supply chain management and control, scheduling and covering problems. In the future, I plan to develop an interdisciplinary, system-based framework for improving sustainability in supply chain performances in the presence of various risks and uncertainties. Multi-criteria optimization methods will be developed to handle three aspects of sustainability simultaneously including social, economic and environmental aspects.

Plan to do novel research in the cutting edge of combinations of data analytics and operational research. This research will involve development of

  • fuzzy evolving systems for modelling dynamic systems whose structure and parameters are changing over time using dynamically received data;

  • rule based fuzzy causal maps for modelling uncertain knowledge of causal relations among entities using fuzzy sets and type-2 fuzzy sets.

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Education/Academic qualification

Computer Science, MSc, University of Belgrade

… → 1 Jun 1991

Engineering, Doctorate, University of Warwick

1 Nov 19941 Jun 1998

Computer Science, Degree, University of Belgrade

1 Oct 19821 Nov 1986

External positions

External Examiner of a course at Faculty of Technology, Computing and Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, University of Portsmouth

6 Apr 201830 Sep 2021

COPIOR, COPIOR - Committee of Professors of Operational Research

1 Apr 2018 → …


  • QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
  • Q Science (General)

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Research Output

A fuzzy linear programming model for aggregated production planning (APP) in the automotive industry

Djordjevic, I., Petrovic, D. & Stojic, G., Sep 2019, In : Computers in Industry. 110, p. 48-63 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
    Open Access
  • 31 Downloads (Pure)

    A new fuzzy linear programming model for aggregate production planning for a supplier in the automotive industry

    Djordjevic, I. & Petrovic, D., 7 Jul 2018, p. 99. 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

  • An ontology supported risk assessment approach for the intelligent configuration of supply networks

    Palmer, C., Urwin, E. N., Niknejad, A., Petrovic, D., Popplewell, K. & Young, R. I. M., Jun 2018, In : Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing. 29, 5, p. 1005 1030 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 7 Citations (Scopus)
    33 Downloads (Pure)

    Autonomous Vehicle Simulation Model to Assess Potential Collisions to Reduce Severity of Impacts

    Gilbert, A., Petrovic, D., Warwick, K. & Serghi, V., 16 Mar 2018, 4th International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems. Helfert, M. & Gusikhin, O. (eds.). SciTePress, p. 243-250 8 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding

  • Activities

    Examiner of a research proposal

    Dobrila Petrovic (Examiner)
    Apr 2019

    Activity: Examination

    Internal Examiner at Coventry University

    Dobrila Petrovic (Examiner)
    Oct 2018

    Activity: Examination

    Examiner of a research proposal

    Dobrila Petrovic (Examiner)
    Jun 2018

    Activity: Examination

    29th European Conference on Operational Research

    Dobrila Petrovic (Speaker)
    8 Jul 201811 Jul 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Committee of Professors of Operational Research (External organisation)

    Dobrila Petrovic (Member)
    2018 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of committee


    Decision making on mitigating a possible collision of an autonomous vehicle on a motorway

    Author: Gilbert, A., 26 Mar 2019

    Supervisor: Petrovic, D. (Supervisor), Warwick, K. (Supervisor) & Pickering, J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Development and application of New Rule Based Fuzzy Cognitive Maps

    Author: Zdanowicz, P., Aug 2017

    Supervisor: Petrovic, D. (Supervisor) & Al Bazi, A. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    The assessment of automotive perceived quality

    Author: Pogson, I., May 2020

    Supervisor: Grant, R. (Supervisor) & Petrovic, D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy