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Dr Giorgos Kopanos graduated from the University of Western Macedonia (Greece) in 2006 with a Diploma in Energy Resources Management Engineering, specialised in energy production. He was the recipient of a PhD Fellowship from the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science and as a member of the Centre for Processes and Environmental Engineering (CEPIMA) in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. BarcelonaTech (UPC) he completed his European PhD on “Techniques for the Efficient Solution of Large-scale Production Scheduling & Planning Problems in the Process Industries” in 2011. His PhD Thesis was recognised as the third prize-worthy candidate for the Excellence Award in Recognition of Outstanding PhD Thesis on CAPE from the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) in June 2012. Also, his PhD Thesis received a PhD Thesis Excellence Award from UPC in July 2013. Giorgos was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Centre for Process Systems Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London from December 2011 to May 2014. After, he held an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Nazarbayev University (Republic of Kazakhstan). Giorgos joined Cranfield University in January 2015 as a Lecturer in Process Systems Engineering at the Oil and Gas Engineering Centre.

Giorgos has carried out research on a number of research fields involving: energy and process systems engineering, mathematical programming, supply chain operations, decision-making under uncertainty, operational research and management science. He focuses on the development of optimisation frameworks for solving real-world planning and scheduling problems in food, chemical and energy industries. Giorgos has participated in 15+ national and European research projects.

Current activities

Dr Giorgos Kopanos focuses mainly on the development of general or industry-specific optimisation frameworks based on mathematical programming approaches for solving real-world design, planning and scheduling problems in food, process and energy industries.

His current research activities and interests involve the following main areas:
- modelling and optimisation of supply chain operations (i.e., production, maintenance, distribution)
- management of energy and resources in industrial processes
- production scheduling and planning
- energy supply chains
- microgrids and smart grids
- combined heat and power systems
- utility systems
- production planning in food industries
- problem decomposition methods
- scheduling under uncertainty
- multi-parametric programming
- resource-constrained project scheduling problems.

Giorgos is a regular reviewer in top international scientific journals in the research realms of Energy, Process Systems Engineering as well as Operational Research and Management Science. He is a Committee Member of the IChemE Computer Aided Process Engineering Special Interest Group and the Principal Editor of the Spinger Book 'Advances in Energy Systems Engineering'. Giorgos is the Director of the MSc in Process System Engineering at Cranfield University and the Open Day coordinator for the Energy and Power Theme within the School of Water, Energy and the Environment at Cranfield University.


Dr Giorgos Kopanos has developed general or industry-specific optimisation frameworks based on process systems engineering and mathematical programming approaches for solving industrial planning and scheduling problems in the following companies:

- Cervecería Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma (Brewery, Mexico)

- KRIKRI SA (Dairy Industry, Greece)

- ABB Corporate Research Center (Pharmaceuticals, Germany)

- Unilever (Food Industry, the Netherlands)

- BASF (Air Separation Plant, Germany)

- MEVGAL (Dairy Industry, Greece)

Research funding sources: Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, Newton Fund, British Council, The Royal Academy of Engineering.


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