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Dr Alexandra Brintrup

Dr Alexandra Brintrup

Senior Research Associate, Department of Engineering (IFM)

Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory

Office Phone: 01223 332675

Departments and Institutes

Institute for Manufacturing:

Research Interests

Complexity in organisational systems, which aims to model, analyse and control how local behaviour shapes organisational systems, and how the global environment impacts organisations in return. Alexandra aims to develop an interdisciplinary approach to understand how these two aspects are related, and how dynamical and functional properties of organisational networks, such as supply and manufacturing networks, emerge in different contexts.

In addition to modelling and analysing emergent behaviour Alexandra develops research to help organisations navigate through complexity and achieve optimal solutions through intelligent system design. Her broader work in this area includes system development for automated product lifecycle management, particularly with agent-based systems, RFID and wireless sensor networks. This strand of work is linked to bring emerging distributed automation and information system concepts such as the Internet of Things, data analytics and smart embedded systems into the domain of manufacturing and operations.


Key Publications

Brintrup A., Barros J., Ledwoch A. (2016), Topological analysis of robustness in the global automotive industry, Logistics Research, 9:1, doi: 10.1007/s12159-015-0128-1

Brintrup A., Tiwari A. (2015), Emergence of nested patterns in supply networks: implications for robustness, IEEE Systems, doi: 10.1109/JSYST.2015.2493345

Brintrup A., Wang Y., Tiwari A. (2015), Supply networks as complex systems: a network science based characterization, IEEE Systems, doi: 10.1109/JSYST.2015.2425137