Francis Baumont de Oliveira

Francis Baumont de Oliveira
University of Liverpool | UoL · School of Engineering

PhD

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Introduction
Recently graduated from my PhD which focused on developing a decision support systems for vertical plant farming through financial modeling under risks and uncertainty. Vertical farming requires deep expertise, combining horticulture, lighting, irrigation, electricity, operations management, and the list goes on. This tool centralises information, compares business strategies and helps entrepreneurs reduce their company's risk. Find me at: www.francisbaumont.com

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Publications (13)
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Vertical farming (VF) is a method of indoor agricultural production, involving stacked layers of crops, utilising technologies to increase yields per unit area. However, this emerging sector has struggled with profitability and a high failure rate. Practitioners and academics call for a comprehensive economic analysis of vertical farming, but effor...
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The emerging industry of vertical farming (VF) faces three key challenges: standardisation, environmental sustainability, and profitability. High failure rates are costly and can stem from premature business decisions about location choice, pricing strategy, system design, and other critical issues. Improving knowledge transfer and developing adapt...
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Vertical farming (VF) has been recognised as an important tool for managing future food security, yet economic viability poses a significant hurdle with the vast majority of farms closing within three years. The application of lean principles poses an opportunity to address inefficiencies, such as significant labour expenditure, but existing litera...
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This paper describes a decision support system (DSS) for small-scale vertical farms (VFs) to inform investments through risk analysis. The emerging industry of vertical farming has struggled with growing pains, primarily with economic viability and proving claims of environmental sustainability. Without a robust business model, a large proportion o...
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Vertical farming (VF) is the practice of growing crops or animals using the vertical dimension via multi-tier racks or vertically inclined surfaces. In this thesis, I focus on the emerging industry of plant-specific VF. Vertical plant farming (VPF) is a promising and relatively novel practice that can be conducted in buildings with environmental co...
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To respond to increasing demands for good agricultural practices (GAP) and food safety, governments globally are introducing stringent regulations to govern agricultural compliance that affect production, storage, and sales activities. New legislation in Argentina to enforce GAP is an opportunity to test compliance as an incentive to adopt technolo...
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Vertical farming (VF) is the activity or business of growing produce or animals using the vertical dimension via multi-tier racks or vertically inclined surfaces, typically in and around densely populated areas. VF is primarily known in the context of growing plants; we call this vertical plant farming (VPF). Successful scaling of VPF as a part of...
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Probability bounds analysis (PBA) is a collection of mathematical methods generalising interval analysis and probability theory. PBA can be utilised for uncertainty quantification for both aleatory and epistemic uncertainty across a wide range of scientific fields. PBA is most useful when information about variables is only partially known and can...
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In today's business environment, the trend towards more product variety and customization is unbroken. Due to this development, the need of agile and reconfigurable production systems emerged to cope with various products and product families. To design and optimize production systems as well as to choose the optimal product matches, product analys...
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Globally, consumers are becoming more conscious of unsustainable farming practices. The appetite for safely produced, compliant and pesticide free crops is increasing. In response to these demands, the Argentinian government has issued new regulation to govern the application of good agricultural practices affecting production, storage and selling...
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ICDSST 2020 is EWG-DSS’s 6th International Conference, following the five previous successful International Conferences on Decision Support System Technology (ICDSST 2019 in Madeira; ICDSST 2018 in Crete; ICDSST 2017 in Namur; ICDSST 2016 in Plymouth; and ICDSST 2015 in Belgrade) as listed below. Since 1989 when the EWG-DSS was founded, the societ...
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ICDSST – the International Conference on Decision Support System Technology – is the flagship event of the Euro Working Group of Decision Support Systems (EWG-DSS). The ICDSST series of conference is relatively young and vibrant (since 2015), while its predecessor, including EWG-DSS workshops and summer schools, has a long tradition. The EWG-DSS wa...

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