UK Reliability Meeting Durham, 1-3 April 2019

The annual meeting for researchers and practitioners in the UK reliability theory community.

1st UK Reliability Meeting, 2019

The 1st UK Reliability Meeting will take place at Durham University 1–3 April 2019. The objective is to develop an annual meeting series to bring together researchers and practitioners in reliability theory from across the UK. Of course, participants from outside the UK are also welcome!

The meeting combines postgraduate lectures on basic aspects of reliability theory and applications with a workshop. Eight postgraduate lectures will be presented by academic staff from leading UK academic Reliability groups, including from the universities of Durham, Liverpool, Loughborough, Nottingham and Strathclyde.

The workshop will enable academic staff, students and practitioners to present their recent or ongoing research or to discuss open problems, probably in presentations of about 20 minutes and only requiring a title and abstract. The aim is to leave ample time for discussions. There are also two key-note lectures by leading experts in reliability.


     Monday     1 April
13.00 – 13.45 Basic statistical methods for reliability (Dr Tahani Coolen-Maturi, Durham University)
13.45 – 14.30 System reliability methods (Prof Lisa Jackson, Loughborough University)
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee
15:00 – 15.45 Petri net applications to railway maintenance modelling (Prof John Andrews, Nottingham University)
15.45 – 16.30 Further topics in Reliability and Statistics (Prof Frank Coolen, Durham University)
     Tuesday    2 April
09.00 – 09.45 Advanced modelling methods for application to mission reliability (Prof Lisa Jackson/Prof John Andrews)
09:45 – 10.30 Bayesian statistical methods for system reliability (Dr Louis Aslett, Durham University)
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee
11.00 – 11.45 Lecture by member of the reliability group at Strathclyde University (further details to come)
11.45 – 12.30 Advanced Monte Carlo methods for reliability analysis (Dr Edoardo Patelli, Liverpool University)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13.30 – 14.30 Data-driven maintenance for capital goods: Theory and what is needed in practice. Keynote lecture by Prof Geert-Jan van Houtum (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
14.30 – 17.30 Workshop
Wednesday 3 April
09.00 – 14.30 Workshop
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee
15.00 – 16.00 TBA. Keynote lecture by Prof Lisa Jackson (Loughborough University)
16.00 – 16.00 End of the workshop.


There will be NO FEES to participate in the meeting, thanks in part to financial support from the UTOPIAE European Training Network.

Participants should book accommodation themselves and also pay for meals and refreshments, although we aim to provide refreshments during breaks within the sessions. We will aim to organize a joint dinner on the evening of 2 April, and will contact participants about this in advance of the meeting.


Please contact Dr Tahani Coolen-Maturi ( by 1st of March to register for the meeting. Please indicate clearly if you wish to participate at the Postgraduate Lectures (open to anyone), the Workshop, or both. If you wish to participate in the Workshop and give a presentation, please provide a title and short abstract.


The meeting will take place in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University, room CM101.


We recommend participants to book accommodation at Durham Colleges, in particular Collingwood College which is located at about 10 minutes walk from the venue. Durham City also has several hotels at walking distance from the venue.

If you would like to book at Collingwood College, please click here to book directly with the University.


Prof John Andrews (Nottingham University)
Dr Louis Aslett (Durham University)
Prof Frank Coolen (Durham University)
Dr Tahani Coolen-Maturi (Durham University)
Prof Lisa Jackson (Loughborough University)
Daniel Krpelik (Durham University)

For any questions feel free to contact Prof Frank Coolen ( or Dr Tahani Coolen-Maturi (

Getting to Durham

Details about how to get to Durham are available from the university website here. The city lies on the Eastern mainline railway served by LNER, CrossCountry Trains and TransPennine Express. It is also just 10 minutes off the A1(M) motorway. From further afield, flights are available to Newcastle International Airport.

Key locations

Click the markers in the Google Map below for details about key locations for the workshop:


This meeting is partly supported by the UTOPIAE European Training Network.