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Personal Statement

Kerem Akartunali is a Reader in the Department of Management Science at Strathclyde Business School, where he joined as John Anderson Research Lecturer (JARL) in Optimization in 2010, and also a Visiting Professor at Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science (ICMC-USP) of University of São Paulo since 2017.  After completing his Ph.D. in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in optimization, he worked on airline planning and scheduling problems as a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with Constraint Technologies International, an Australian software company.  Kerem’s research expertise lies primarily in integer programming, robust and network optimization, and their applications, in particular in lot-sizing/production planning, transportation scheduling/planning, health applications such as radiation treatment planning and nurse rostering, and energy applications such as offshore windfarm installation.

Kerem's research has been funded by various bodies/organizations including Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC), Capita and US Air Force Office of Scientific Research.  He has been an active member of Mathematical Optimization Society and INFORMS since 2003. He was the elected chair of the OR Group of Scotland (the regional branch of OR Society) betwen 2012-2016.  He is currently a Full Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, and also a member of the OR Society Research Panel, and EURO Working Group in Lotsizing Board.  Kerem regularly reviews articles for many prestigious journals such as European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions, INFORMS Journal on Computing, Naval Research Logistics and Operations Research.

Kerem has worked with many organizations, including First Milk, Glasgow City Council, NHS, Scottish Power, Scottish Southern Energy and Technip, in a variety of projects ranging from short-term consultancy/knowledge exchange to long-term research partnerships.

In his current role as Faculty Digital Education Director, Kerem is overseeing and strategically planning various online and blended learning activities in the Strathclyde Business School.

In his spare time, Kerem likes to play ultimate frisbee and go hiking.

You can also visit his personal website or check his Google Scholar profile.

Research Interests

My broad research area is operations research, with a focus in integer and combinatorial optimization, and their applications in practice. Since my PhD thesis, I have been working on production planning and lot-sizing problems, as well as a number of integer optimization applications, in particular large-scale transportation problems (such as airline scheduling and vessel crew scheduling), and health applications (such as radiation treatment planning and nurse rostering).

Teaching Interests

I have been extensively involved with teaching activities in various levels from undergraduate to Masters since I was a PhD student.  I was exposed to course development as early as the last year of my PhD studies, and I have received extensive teaching training during my PhD studies as well as during my employments.  I have used my research in a number of teaching activities, and have employed a range of state-of-the-art technologies (such as access grid and virtual workspace) in various courses.

I like to teach classes in the broad area of operational research/management science, in particular in optimization techniques and software, OR modelling and applying these theories to real world problems.

In light of my current role as SBS Faculty Digital Education Director, I have a passion to strategically plan, design and develop the next generation of online learning, including MOOCs, distance learning degrees and blended learning courses.

Expertise & Capabilities

My expertise spans the following areas and applications:

  • Operational Research,
  • Mathematical Optimization,
  • Integer and Combinatorial Optimization,
  • Robust Optimization,
  • Network Optimization,
  • Production Planning,
  • Transportation and Logistics Planning/Scheduling,
  • Radiation Treatment Planning Optimization,
  • Offshore Windfarm Installation Logistics
  • Social Networks

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Master of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Middle East Technical University

External positions

Visiting Professor, Institute of Mathematics and Computer Science (ICMC-USP), University of São Paulo

Aug 2017 → …


  • Integer programming
  • Combinatorial optimization
  • optimization techniques
  • Production planning
  • Transportation scheduling
  • Radiotherapy treatment planning
  • Robust optimization
  • Network Optimization

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Research Output

A heuristic approach for big bucket multi-level production planning problems

Akartunali, K. & Miller, A., 1 Mar 2009, In : European Journal of Operational Research. 193, 2, p. 396-411 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 76 Citations (Scopus)
    62 Downloads (Pure)

    A computational analysis of lower bounds for big bucket production planning problems

    Akartunali, K. & Miller, A. J., Dec 2012, In : Computational Optimization and Applications. 53, 3, p. 729-753 25 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 15 Citations (Scopus)
    40 Downloads (Pure)


    A vessel crew scheduling problem : formulations and solution methods

    Author: Leggate, A., 27 Jul 2016

    Supervisor: Van Der Meer, R. (Supervisor) & Akartunali, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Formulation of a conceptual framework for maintenance strategies : a case study on UK North Sea oil and gas industries

    Author: Adenusi, T., 20 Apr 2017

    Supervisor: Quigley, J. (Supervisor) & Akartunali, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis


    Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (University of Melbourne, Australia)

    Kerem Akartunali (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  • Activities

    Optimization for Treatment Planning In New Generation Radiation Equipment

    Kerem Akartunali (Invited speaker)
    Oct 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    ISMP 2012

    Kerem Akartunali (Speaker)
    19 Aug 201224 Aug 2012

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference