Ender Ozcan

Institution: University of Nottingham Country: United Kingdom Interests: metaheuristics (memetic algorithms, simulated annealing, etc.), hyperheuristics, timetabling, scheduling, cutting and packing Website: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~pszeo/
Ender Özcan is a Professor of Computer Science and Operational Research with the Computational Optimisation and Learning (COL) Lab in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, UK. He received his PhD from the Department of Computer and Information Science at Syracuse University, NY, USA in 1998. He worked as a lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey from 1998-2007. He established and led the ARTIficial Intelligence research group from 2002. He served as the Deputy Head of the Department from 2004-2007. Prof Özcan was appointed as a senior research fellow in 2008 to the EPSRC funded LANCS initiative, which was one of the largest Science and Innovation Rewards given by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK). He has been an academic at he University of Nottingham since then. He is currently Director of the Faculty of Science Doctoral Training Centre in Artificial Intelligence. Prof Özcan is an internationally-leading scientist in computational optimisation for intelligent decision support, underpinned by hyper-heuristics/metaheuristics combined with data science, tackling challenging real-world problems. His pioneering work at the interface of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Operational Research has been extensively exploited and extended by other researchers, resulting in high number of citations, plenaries/keynotes at conferences, invited talks/guest lectures and tutorials. Currently, 40% of his journal research outputs are within top 10% of the highly-cited papers in Computer Science (ESSI), and he is ranked within the World’s top 2% scientists in Artificial Intelligence based on the recent study by Elsevier BV and Stanford University. He served as an Executive Committee member for the LANCS initiative. He was the Deputy Director of the EPSRC's National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR). Prof Özcan has over 150 refereed publications at reputable venues. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, an elected member of the EPSRC, and College Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) Peer Review College. Prof Özcan contributed and has been contributing to the funded projects worth £14.3M in total to date as principal investigator and co-investigator/named researchers, supported by various funding bodies, including the EPSRC, European Commission, The Royal Society, TSB, Innovate UK and TUBITAK. Prof Özcan is a co-founder and co-chair of the EURO Working Group on Data Science Meets Optimisation. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Scheduling and International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing, and on the Editorial (Advisory) Board of the Engineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence (EAAI) Journal and International Journal of Intelligent Computing and Cybernetics. He is Steering Committee member and Executive Officer of the International Conference Series on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling (PATAT).