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Lancaster University
Management School
Dept of Management Science
Lancaster, LA1 4YX, UK

Room B61
T: +44 (0)1524 593117
a.kheiri [at]
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Dr Ahmed Kheiri, B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc., PhD., MIEEE

Brief Bio

Dr Ahmed Kheiri is a Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor) in Management Science (Operations Research) at Lancaster University Management School, Department of Management Science.

He received his B.Sc. (Hons - First Class) from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, in 2007, and received his M.Sc. (Distinction) and PhD. from the University of Nottingham, UK, in 2010 and 2014, respectively.

He then held research positions at the University of Exeter, and the Cardiff School of Mathematics in Wales. He participated in an EPSRC funded project (EP/K000519/1) focusing on selection hyper-heuristics and in a Health and Care Research Wales funded project entitled Prudent Elective Surgery Scheduling: A Whole Systems Approach, which involved the investigation of how scheduling and modelling techniques can be used to help improve the throughput of patients in operating theatres in Wales.

His research interests lie at the intersection of operational research, data science and artificial intelligence, investigating flexible and general cross domain optimisation methods to solve combinatorial optimisation problems, i.e., problems in which variables are restricted to take integer (whole-number) values. Typical application areas include Routing, Cutting, Packing, Placement, Assignment, Ordering, Grouping, Partitioning, Timetabling and Scheduling Problems. He has designed and implemented intelligent, flexible, ready-to-use high level hyper-heuristic methods for decision support and applied them to a wide range of real-world problems.

He has co-chaired several workshops, reviewed numerous academic journal articles and has served on many program/technical committees in major international conferences.

He was Keynote Editor for the OR Society Annual Conference (OR60).

He has published more than 25 refereed papers in reputable journals (the vast majority indexed in SCI/SCI-Expanded) and highly respected international conferences.

During his career, he received several academic awards some are awarded from participation in international optimisation challenges. He was recently awarded a prize by EURO/ROADEF for work in inventory routing.

In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching football.