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

Room: B61
a.kheiri [at]
Research Interests

My research interests cut across operational research and computer science, investigating flexible and general cross domain optimisation methods to solve NP-hard optimisation problems.

Research Team
Current PhD Supervision Research Fellows Visiting Students Research Funding
External Funding

Title:                                   STORi: Efficient Network Design with Optimal Slot Offering for Grocery Home Delivery
Funding Body:TESCO
Grant Total:£30,000
Principal Investigator:Ahmed Kheiri
Co-Investigator:Adam Letchford
Project Start Date:October 2020
Length of Project:36 months

Title:                                   Hyper-heuristics and Data Science Techniques for Inventory Routing Problem
Funding Body:SPECIES (the Society for the Promotion of Evolutionary Computation in Europe and its Surroundings)
Grant Total:2,700 euros
Project Leader:Ahmed Kheiri
Project Start Date:October 2020
Length of Project:3 months
Notes:SPECIES offers a limited number of scholarships in its areas of interest, for PhD students to work with relevant research groups

Title:                                   RESilient Emergency Preparedness for Natural Disaster Response through Operational Research (RESPOND-OR)
Funding Body:EPSRC (Ref EP/T003979/1)
Grant Total:£515,924
Principal Investigator:Konstantinos Zografos
Co-Investigators:Juliana Sutanto, Ahmed Kheiri and Kevin Glazebrook
Project Start Date:October 2019
Length of Project:24 months
Other Researchers:University of Khartoum: Hisham Abushama and Hiba Mohamed Ali. University of Indonesia: Akhmad Hidayatno, Komarudin Komarudin, Heru Suhartanto. Gadjah Mada University: Bertha Maya Sopha.
Notes:This project has many stakeholder partners including: From Indonesia: National Disaster Management Authority (BNPB), Disaster Management Agency of the Yogyakarta Special Region (BPBD DIY), Humanitarian Forum Indonesia (HFI) and RedR Indonesia. From Sudan: National Council of Civil Defence, Humanitarian Aid Commission, Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity, Ministry of Health, National Ribat University and Nile Basin Institute (NBI)

Title:                                   Developing and Implementing Novel and Advanced, Hyper-heuristics based Routing Technologies for Standard and Non-standard Haulage Markets
Funding Body:KTP Scheme (Ref KTP11692)
Grant Total:£207,627 (£139,110 from Innovate UK + £68,517 from Optrak)
Industrial Partner:Optrak Distribution Software Limited
Project Start Date:May 2019
Length of Project:27 months
Academic Team:Ender Ozcan (University of Nottingham) and Ahmed Kheiri
Notes:This is a joint project between the University of Nottingham, Lancaster University and Optrak Distribution Software Limited


Title:                                   Helicopter Numbers and Base Locations
Client:North West Air Ambulance
Grant Total:£11,172
Personnel:Ahmed Kheiri and Burak Boyaci
Project Start Date:February 2020
Length of Project:6 months
Notes:This consultancy project aims to study the impact of having different numbers of helicopters and to consider the most appropriate bases for the aircraft

Internal Funding

Title:                                   An Investigation into OR Techniques for Conference Scheduling Problems
Funding Body:Mathematical Sciences, EPSRC - Lancaster University
Grant Total:£75,000
Project Start Date:October 2020
Main Supervisor:Ahmed Kheiri
Co-Supervisor:Peter Jacko
Notes:This PhD studentship covers up to four years of full payment of tuition fees plus an annual stipend for living expenses

Title:                                   Organise "Prediction and Optimisation" Workshop to Contribute to the Vibrancy of the STOR-i Research Environment
Funding Body:STORi, Lancaster University
Grant Total:£5,000
Project Start Date:September 2019
Organising Committee:Trivikram Dokka, Ahmed Kheiri, Rebecca Killick, Adam Letchford and Ivan Svetunkov
Notes:In light of the Coronavirus and with the welfare of our staff and delegates in mind, this event has been cancelled

Title:                                   Mathematical Programming Techniques for the Nurse Rostering Problem
Funding Body:School of Mathematics, Cardiff University
Grant Total:£1,600
Project Start Date:June 2016
Length of Project:8 weeks
Involvement:Project Leader

Examining and Reviewing Duties
PhD External Examiner