Dr Ender Özcan is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Operational Research with the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning (ASAP) research group in the School of Computer Science at the University of Nottingham, UK (UoN). He received his PhD from the Department of Computer and Information Science at Syracuse University, NY, USA in 1998. He worked as a lecturer in the Department of Computer Engineering at Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey from 1998-2007. He established and led the ARTIficial Intelligence research group from 2002. He served as the Deputy Head of the Department from 2004-2007.

Dr Özcan was appointed as a senior research fellow in 2008 to the EPSRC funded LANCS initiative, which was one of the largest Science and Innovation Rewards given by EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, UK). He became a lecturer in 2009. He served as an executive committee member for the LANCS initiative. He was on the advisory board of the first Cross-domain Heuristic Search Challenge (CHeSC 2011) and co-organised the second challenge (CHeSC 2014). He chaired the PATAT 2014 conference. Dr Özcan has over 130 refereed publications at reputable venues. His research interests and activities lie at the interface of Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence and Operational Research, with a focus on intelligent decision support systems combining data science techniques and (hyper/meta)heuristics applied to real-world problems. He has been awarded grants as principal investigator and co-investigator/named researchers from various funding bodies, including the European Commission, The Royal Society, TSB, The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, T.R. Prime Ministry State Planning Organisation and CONACyT. Dr Özcan is the Deputy Director of the EPSRC’s National Taught Course Centre in Operational Research (NATCOR). Dr Özcan is a co-founder and co-chair of the EURO Working Group on Data Science Meets Optimisation. He is Steering Committee member and Executive Officer of the International Conference Series on the Practice and Theory of Automated Timetabling (PATAT). He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Scheduling, IEEE Transactions on Emerging Topics in Computational Intelligence and International Journal of Applied Metaheuristic Computing. Dr Özcan is currently the level 3 and level 4 undergraduate project coordinator for the School of Computer Science at UoN.