General Information

The 6th Student Conference on Operational Research


SCOR18, the 6th Student Conference on Operational Research, is the only conference created by PhD students for PhD students. The conference offers the perfect opportunity to showcase work, to network, and much, much more.

The conference is aimed at all postgraduate students and early career researchers or practitioners interested in Operational Research, Management Science or related fields. Its objective is to provide a friendly environment in which participants can share their work, receive constructive feedback, and learn about the latest research. The conference programme will include keynote speeches, parallel sessions, and a fun social programme to meet and network with fellow students.

The conference will take place at the University of Nottingham for three days on 6-8 April 2018, right before the NATCOR course “Heuristics and Approximation Algorithms”.

Important Dates

Abstract Submission

Opening: 11 December 2017
Closing: 02 February 2018
extended: 16 February 2018
extended: 09 March 2018
Notification of acceptance: 02 March 2018

Paper Submission

Opening: 29 January 2018
Closing: 30 March 2018
Notification of acceptance: 20 April 2018


Opening: 29 January 2018
Closing: 16 March 2018
extended: 05 April 2018


06 – 08 April 2018


The registration fee is:
£150 – Conference attendance and accommodation
£100 – Conference attendance only

+£50 – Submission of additional paper (max two)

This includes:

  • Presentation slot in the conference
  • Publication of selected paper in the conference proceedings
  • Printed materials and conference welcome pack
  • Participation in all sessions
  • 2 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in the University of Nottingham (for the option with accommodation)
  • Lunches and coffee/tea breaks on all days
  • 2 evening social events (including the conference gala dinner)

Registration & Submission

Abstract Submission

If you would like to give a talk at SCOR18, please first submit an abstract using EasyChair. Once you have created the EasyChair account, click on the tab “New Submission”. Fill all the information required and click on the tab “Submit”. Please note that no file upload is required for abstract submission.

Paper Submission

Attendees are also kindly invited to submit a paper (no more than 10 pages) that will be published electronically as part of the SCOR 2018 Proceedings which will be available in the Dagstuhl OpenAccess Series in Informatics (OASIcs). Paper submissions will undergo a rigorous selection process based on refereeing by at least 2 reviewers specializing in the research topic. Papers must be formatted using the OASIcs LaTeX v2018 template and sent to


For attending SCOR18, please registrate here.


Şahika Koyun Yilmaz

Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Conference Chair

Şahika is a 4th year PhD student currently working on vector trajectory prediction for infectious diseases. She is working as research assistant at Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul. Her research interests are behavioural decision theory, multi-criteria decision making, multi-criteria optimisation and statistical analysis.

Alexandra Cristina Dediu

University of Nottingham, UK
Local Chair

Alexandra is a PhD student in the third year and her research interests are in optimisation, simulation and human computation. She applies various techniques to solve the Office Space Allocation problem, which can be translated to a resource allocation issue from the real world. Alexandra has graduated from the University of Nottingham with an MSc in Management of IT and from the University of Sheffield with a BSc in Computer Science.

Cihan Butun

Nottingham University Business School, UK
Local Chair

I am a third year PhD student in Nottingham University Business School. My research project is an application of hub location problem to network design in ocean container transport. My research interests are hub/facility location problems, location-routing problems, network design, ocean container shipping, metaheuristics, and network analysis. I have an MSc degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management from the University of Nottingham and an MBA degree from Middle East Technical University.

Andrea Mor

University of Brescia, Italy
Committee Executive

Currently a third year PhD student at Università degli Studi di Brescia. His research interest is concerned with combinatorial optimisation and heuristics. His current research involves vehicle routing problems and in particular in the static and dynamic TSP variant considering release dates.

Hua Jin

Southampton University, UK
Committee Executive

Hua‘s research interest in supply chain management, focusing on UK tax and inventory problem. She is in the third year of her PhD program and currently work on the topic of how Brexit will effect on operational decision and try to solve problem separately in dynamic and heuristics method which is based on real life world problems for corporations face with different tax schemes and payment.

Ehsan Yadollahi

Ghent University, Belgium
Committee Executive

Born and raised in Semnan, Iran, Ehsan has developed a passion for optimization and continuous improvement in all aspects of life and work. As part of his Ph.D. at Gent university in Belgium, he focuses on Stochastic Periodic Inventory Routing Problem and the solution models to deal with the uncertainty in demand rates in supply chain management. He is also interested in forecasting, as well as game theory to apply in Inventory Routing Problem.

Meryem Ezgi Aslan

Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
Committee Executive

Ezgi is a third year PhD student and research assistant at Yildiz Technical University, Department of Industrial Engineering. She is interested in data analysis, machine learning and adapting engineering tools to solve social issues, such as environmental pollution. Currently, working on air quality prediction based on big data.

Renke Kuhlmann

University of Bremen, Germany
Committee Executive

Currently a third year PhD student, Renke is interested in (mixed-integer) nonlinear programming and optimal control. In his current research, he focuses on practical penalty-interior-point algorithms for nonconvex nonlinear optimisation. He is one of the main developers of the nonlinear programming solver WORHP.

Reshma C. Chandrasekharan

KU Leuven, Belgium
Committee Executive

I am in my first year of PhD at KU Leuven, Belgium and I belong to lab CODeS. My PhD concerns with constructive matheuristics and the development of constructive matheuristic techniques for solving various optimization problems. Currently, I am working on the Traveling Umpire Problem.

Valentina Morandi

University of Brescia, Italy
Committee Executive

Valentina is actually a Post-Doc researcher and she defended her Ph.D. thesis in 2017. She has a particular interest in traffic assignment problems to reduce congestion, combinatorial optimisation and sustainable mobility. Her current research involves using Dial-a-Ride problems in which different companies collaborate in order to reduce pollution and routing costs on road network. These techniques can alleviate the congestion and the pollution problem in many real-world instances.

Penny Holborn

University of South Wales, UK
Steering Committee

Penny is a Lecturer in Statistics and OR at the University of South Wales. Her PhD at Cardiff University applied heuristic and metaheuristic techniques to solve Dynamic Vehicle Routing problems, which is still her keen research interest. After her PhD she was a Research Associate in the Healthcare Modelling Unit at Cardiff using a range of OR techniques to solve real world problems. She was the vice-chair of SCOR 2012 and has continued to support the conference.