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Personal Statement

Kerem Akartunali is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) 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.  After completing his Ph.D. in 2007 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in optimization, he worked 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, on airline planning and scheduling problems.  Kerem’s research expertise lies primarily in integer programming and its applications, in particular in lot-sizing/production planning, transportation scheduling/planning, radiation treatment planning optimization, nurse rostering and network optimization.

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 INFORMS and Mathematical Optimization Society since 2003. He was the elected chair of the OR Group of Scotland (the regional branch of OR Society) betwen 2012-2016, and he is currently 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, 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 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).

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.

Expertise & Capabilities

My expertise spans the following areas and applications:

  • Operational Research,
  • Mathematical Optimization,
  • Integer and Combinatorial 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

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Projects 2009 2020

Selected Research Output 2009 2018

61 Citations

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
Production Planning
Lot Sizing
Test Set
13 Citations

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
Production Planning
Computational Analysis
Lower bound
Test Set
1 Citations

Airline planning benchmark problems-Part I: characterising networks and demand using limited data

Akartunali, K., Boland, N., Evans, I., Wallace, M. & Waterer, H. Mar 2013 In : Computers & Operations Research. 40, 3, p. 775-792 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Network Topology
10 Citations

On the equivalence of strong formulations for capacitated multi-level lot sizing problems with setup times

Wu, T., Shi, L., Geunes, J. & Akartunali, K. Aug 2012 In : Journal of Global Optimization. 53, 4, p. 615-639 25 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Lot Sizing
Setup Times


A vessel crew scheduling problem : formulations and solution methods

Author: Leggate, A., 1 Apr 2013

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., 1 Oct 2014

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

university research

Selected Activities 2008 2018

ISMP 2012

Akartunali, K. (Speaker)
19 Aug 201224 Aug 2012

Activity: Participation in conference

International Workshop on Lot Sizing 2012

Akartunali, K. (Invited speaker)
27 Aug 201229 Aug 2012

Activity: Participation in conference

OR54 Annual Conference 2012

Akartunali, K. (Member of programme committee)

Activity: Organiser of major conference