Professor Aris A. Syntetos

Professor Aris A. Syntetos

Chair in Operational Research and Operations Management, The Panalpina Chaired Professor of Manufacturing and Logistics

Cardiff Business School

Email:
syntetosa@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 6572
Location:
C21, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Aris is Research Professor of Operational Research and Operations Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University, where he also holds the Panalpina Chair in Manufacturing and Logistics. He is the Director of the Panalpina Centre for Manufacturing and Logistics Research (PARC), a joint Industry-University initiative that delivers world-class relevant research with impact in the fields of logistics and manufacturing management.

Since 2009 he is a Visiting Professor at KEDGE Business School in Bordeaux, France and in 2012 he held the Otto Monsted Guest Professorship at the Department of Operations, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark.

Aris has received awards for excellence in postgraduate teaching, the 2016 Cardiff University Outstanding Doctoral Supervisor Award (2016 Enriching Student Life Awards, ESLA) and the 2016 Cardiff University Business Innovation award for his work with Panalpina World Transport Ltd. (which also received a People's choice award).

His research looks at how organisations can make more accurate predictions of future sales and how such predictions can help them reduce their immense investments in inventories. Such reductions contribute enormously towards financial and environmental sustainability. His name has been associated with some major developments in the area of inventory forecasting in the after-sales industry and spare parts supply chains. Currently, he is researching inventory forecasting issues in circular (closed loop) supply chains, additive manufacturing (3DP) enabled supply chains and retail supply chains. Since 2006 his research has been supported, primarily, by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC, UK) and Innovate UK, with funds exceeding £2.5 Million.

Aris' research to date reflects collaboration with more than thirty universities and companies around the globe. He has advised many (both private and public) organisations on inventory forecasting related matters and several methods/algorithms co-developed by him are being utilised by major software corporations and have had an enormous economic impact (recently estimated to be of at least £1 billion worth of reduced inventories) and environmental benefit. His current closest industrial collaborators are: British Telecommunications (BT), the Excelitas group (Qioptiq), Panalpina World Transport Ltd., and the Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) group, Europe (through which he is working with 8 of Europe's largest retailers).

He is Co-Editor in Chief of the IMA Journal of Management Mathematics (Oxford University Press) and the Supply Chain Editor of FORESIGHT, the practitioner oriented publication of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF). He is Director of the IIF and also serves at the Executive Committee of the International Society for Inventories Research (ISIR), chairing the Inventory Forecasting Section of the Society.

Qualifications

  • 2005 Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Salford, UK
  • 2001-2003 Military Service – Greek National
  • 2001 PhD in Operational Research, Brunel University, UK (academic scholarship and industrial sponsorship)
  • 1996 MSc in Quality Management, Stirling University, UK
  • 1995 Proficiency in Italian Language and Literature, Universita di Perugia, Italy
  • 1994 Postgraduate Diploma in Quality and Statistical Control, EU, Socrates Initiative (Athens, Brussels, Nice) (academic scholarship)
  • 1994 Proficiency in English Language and Literature, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 1993 BSc (4 years) in Business Administration, University of Piraeus (formerly the Graduate School of Industrial Studies), Athens, Greece (scholarship granted through National Public University entry examinations).

Editorial work

  • Co-Editor In Chief (since 2009) – IMA Journal of Management Mathematics – IMA JMM (Oxford University Press)
  • Associate Editor (2007 – 2009) – IMA Journal of Management Mathematics – IMA JMM (Oxford University Press)
  • Associate Editor (since 2006) – Journal of the Operational Research Society – JORS (Palgrave MacMillan)
  • Guest co-editorship (with John E. Boylan): IMA JMM. Special issue on ‘Forecasting for Inventory Management’, issue 2, 2008
  • Guest co-editorship (with John E. Boylan): JORS. Special issue on ‘Supply Chain Forecasting and Planning’, issue 3, 2011
  • Guest co-editorship (with John E. Boylan): OMEGA. Special issue on ‘Forecasting in Management Science’, issue 6, 2012
  • Co-Editor (with Dobrila Petrovic) of the Keynotes and Short Papers Handbook, The 53rd Conference of the UK Operational Research Society (OR 53) ISBN 0- 903440-49-0
  • Guest co-editorship (with Dobrila Petrovic): OR INSIGHT. Special issue on Keynote papers from the OR 53, issue 3, 2012
  • Guest co-editorship (with Dobrila Petrovic): IMA JMM. Special issue on Keynote papers from the OR 53, issue 4, 2013
  • Guest co-editorship: International Journal of Production Economics. Special issue on ISIR 2016 papers, in print
  • Guest co-editorship: International Journal of Production Economics. Special issue on ISIR 2018 papers, in progress

Professional memberships

  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA, Fellow)
  • International Institute of Forecasters (IIF, Board of Directors, Elected Director)
  • International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR, Executive Committee, Elected Chair: Inventory Forecasting Section)
  • Operational Research Society (ORS)
  • Production & Operations Management Society (POMS)
  • Institute for Operations Research & Management Sciences (INFORMS)

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Teaching commitments

Aris' time is currently devoted 100% to research (and knowledge transfer). He will not be teaching until September 2021.

In Cardiff Business School he has taught Logistics Modelling, Operations Analytics and Operations Management at the MSc programmes of the Logistics and Operations Management (LOM) Section. He has contributed considerably to curriculum development (e.g. Operations Analytics module) and has received awards for excellence in postgraduate teaching.

Additional teaching

In addition to the UK, Aris has taught internationally in China, Colombia, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy and Latvia. All courses were in the areas of Operations Management, Operational Research (Management Science) and Applied Statistics.

Primary research interests

  • Statistical and judgmental supply chain forecasting
  • Inventory mathematical modelling and management
  • The interface between forecasting and inventory control
  • Supply chain modelling and management and information sharing

Currently, Aris is interested in developing knowledge in the above areas in the context of closed loop supply chains (circular economy), additive manufacturing (3DP in particular) enabled supply chains and retail supply chains.

Research supervision

Aris has received the 2016 Cardiff University Outstanding Doctoral Supervisor Award (2016 Enriching Student Life Awards, ESLA).

Unfortunately, at present, he cannot accept any PhD students. He is currently supervising the following researchers:

  • Athanasios Goltsos, MPhil in Operational Research (Forecasting and Inventory Control in a remanufacturing context), 2016 – 2019 (previously, Research Associate in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Qioptiq Ltd.)
  • Fevos Charalampidis, MPhil in Operations Management (Forecasting and Inventory Control for new manufacturing technologies), 2016 – 2019 (previously, Research Associate in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Panalpina World Transport Ltd.)
  • Junyi Lin, Post Doctoral Research Assistant (Inventory Optimisation), 2018 – 2019, EPSRC funded project on 'Resilient Remanufacturing Networks: Forecasting, Informatics and Holons'
  • Dr Ruini Qu, Post Doctoral Research Assistant (Statistical Forecasting), 2018 – 2019, EPSRC funded project on 'Resilient Remanufacturing Networks: Forecasting, Informatics and Holons'

Oher researchers he recently supervised, include:

  • Dr Borja Ponte Blanco, Post Doctoral Research Assistant (Inventory Optimisation), 2017 – 2018, EPSRC funded project on 'Resilient Remanufacturing Networks: Forecasting, Informatics and Holons'
  • Dr Shixuan Wang, Post Doctoral Research Assistant (Statistical Forecasting), 2017 – 2018, EPSRC funded project on 'Resilient Remanufacturing Networks: Forecasting, Informatics and Holons' 
  • Dr Adel Alamri, PhD in Operational Research (Inventory Control), 2013 – 2017

Research projects

  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC): EP/D062942/1, 2006-08 (£192,950), 'On the Development of Theory-Informed Operationalised Definitions of Demand Patterns', First Grant Scheme. Principal/sole investigator
  • Technology Strategy Board (TSB): Knowledge Transfer Partnership - KTP 6202, 2006-08 (£166,839), Subject Area: ‘Inventory Management and IT’, Recommended for the national 'best partnership' award (Academic Supervisor)
  • EPSRC: EP/F012632/1, 2007-08 (£62,144), 'Forecasting and Inventory Management: Bridging the Gap', Collaboration for Success through People (CSP) scheme. Principal investigator (co-investigation by John Boylan)
  • EPSRC: EP/G006075/1, 2009-10 (£72,190), 'Commercialisation of an inventory management solution for intermittent demand items', Follow-On Fund. Principal/sole investigator
  • EPSRC: EP/G070369/1, 2009 (£20,000), 'Cognitive Mapping, System Dynamics and the Bullwhip Effect'. Principal investigator (co-investigation by Brian Dangerfield and John Boylan)
  • Technology Strategy Board (TSB): Knowledge Transfer Partnership - KTP ELCT01, 2010-2012 (£170,413), Inter-disciplinary project on the 'Development of Research Capacity in the Pest Management Industry' (Academic Supervisor)
  • EPSRC: EP/G003858/1, 2009-2012 (£266,595), 'Using the Grouping and Shrinkage Approaches to Forecasting Sub-Aggregate Level Seasonal Demand'. Principal investigator (co-investigation by Huijing Chen)
  • Innovate UK & EPSRC: Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Panalpina World Transport Ltd. - KTP 9208, 2013-2015 (£134,000), Subject area: 'Statistical Forecasting and Inventory Control' (Lead Academic and Academic Supervisor), judged as 'outstanding'
  • Innovate UK & EPSRC: Double Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Panalpina World Transport Ltd. - KTP 10165, 2016-2018 (£285,967), Subject area: 'Traditional vs. 3D Printing Enabled Inventory Control’ (Lead Academic), judged as 'outstanding'
  • Welsh Government & EPSRC: Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Qioptiq Ltd. - KTP 10171, 2016-2018 (£160,281), Subject area: 'Returns Forecasting in a Remanufacturing / Closed Loop Context’ (Lead Academic), judged as 'outstanding'
  • EPSRC: EP/P008925/1, 2017-2019 (£508,675), 'Resilient Remanufacturing Networks: Forecasting, Informatics and Holons'. Principal investigator (co-investigation by Mohamed Naim and Ying Liu)