Andreas C. Nearchou

Dipl.-Ing, Dr.-Ing

Professor of Production and Logistics Management

Department of Business Administration, School of Economics and Business,
University of Patras, 26504, Patras, GREECE
Phone: +302610 969980, Fax: +302610 969838

Logistics Research Group:  Members



Born in Cyprus in 1962. Married and father of two daughters. He holds a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Computer Engineering and Informatics, and a Dr.-Ing. degree in Mechanical Engineering (both from School of Engineering, University of Patras, Greece). Before joining academia in 2006, he has held various industrial appointments reaching the position of the Director of the Central Information Systems Services at Patras University. He has extensive experience in managing large IT projects.

Professor Nearchou's research focuses on the modeling of production and service systems, and, more specifically, on the planning and scheduling of these systems. Recently, his research also has focused on intelligent transportation systems related to city logistics, maritime logistics as well as robotics logistics. He has authored numerous research papers in scientific referred journals and international conferences on these topics. 

Ηe mainly works on the development of efficient algorithms for, operations scheduling, manpower shift planning, balancing and sequencing of assembly lines, projects scheduling, facilities layout design, location analysis, routing and scheduling in transportation and robot motion planning. Related results have appeared in several refereed journals including Int. J. Prod. Economics, Int. J. Prod. Research, Computers & OR, J. Adv. Manuf. Technology, J. Heuristics, J. Intelligent Manufacturing, Engineering Optimization, Eng. Applications of AI, Computers in Industry, Robotics & CIM among others. He is regular reviewer in more than 20 scientific journals and member of the editorial board of 4 referred scientific journals. He is, also, acting as a Program Committee member in several IT and industrial engineering related international scientific conferences.


- Planning and Scheduling in Manufacturing and Services.
- Optimal Design of Production and Assembly Lines.
- Logistics and Supply Chain Optimization.
- Advanced Transportation Systems.
- Computational Robotics (algorithmic aspects for autonomous robots).
- Combinatorial Optimization (heuristics to large-scale real-world manufacturing and services optimization problems)

- Computational Intelligence with emphasis on Evolutionary Computation and Swarm Intelligence models.


Google Scholar                Scopus


Member of the editorial board, Memetic Computing Journal
Member of the editorial board, Industrial Robot 
Member of the editorial board, Assembly Automation 
Member of the editorial board, International Journal of Metaheuristics


Papers               Books               Thesis


Program Committee Member in International Conferences


Operations Management
Production and Supply Chain Management (Logistics)
Special Topics on Operations Management
Operations, Supply Chains and Project Management (MBA) 

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