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Dr Grammatoula Papaioannou BSc(Hons) (Loughborough), PhD (Loughborough), FHEA

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Lecturer in Business Statistics

Dr Grammatoula Papaioannou is a Lecturer in Business Statistics at the School of Business and Economics since 2008 and newly appointed as Programme Director of the specialist MSc in Business Analytics Consulting. With ex[pertise in optimization techniques, her interests extend into applied statistics and business forecasting.

Prior to this Grammatoula was the Programme Director of the Part Time MBA programme. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and a PhD in Operational Research from Loughborough University. During her PhD studies Grammatoula worked as a teaching assistant at the School of Business and Economics, Loughborough University. Grammatoula is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

Grammatoula's main research interest focuses upon optimisation techniques, with emphasis on the application of combinatorial optimisation and the development of heuristic and metaheuristic algorithms for practical operations with large scale data sets. Cellular manufacturing is a key area that Grammatoula has worked on and published in top-rated operations research (OR) journals such as European Journal of Operational Research and Annals of Operations Research.  Cellular manufacturing (CM) has been recognised by companies as having a main role in achieving reduction in manufacturing lead time, material handling cost and improvement in quality. CM as the name suggests, entails the creation of manufacturing cells where parts are grouped into part families and machines into cells.

Alongside her OR background, Grammatoula has further extended her interests into other areas of business– and management–related research, including time-series methodological approaches, food supply chain management, and firm performance.

Grammatoula is currently supervising one PhD student, Stella Despoudi, in the area of food supply chain management. She welcomes applications from students with interest in areas such as optimisation techniques for business decisions and supply chain modelling.

Grammatoula serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Data Analysis Techniques and Strategies since February 2010. She was an invited speaker in the Erasmus-IP “Project Management in European Economy” in 2009. Additionally, she has given invited seminars (e.g., University of Macedonia, Kingston University) and presented papers at prestigious international conferences (e.g., EURO, APMOD).

She is a regular reviewer for a number of academic journals including European Journal of Operational ResearchComputers and Operations ResearchIIE TransactionsApplied Mathematical ModellingInternational Journal of Production Economics and IMA Journal of Management Mathematics.

Peer-reviewed journals

  • Saridakis, G. and Papaioannou, G. (2014) Forecasting self-employment in the UK. The Empirical Economics Letters, ISSN (print) 1681-8997 (In Press)
  • Papaioannou, G. and Wilson, J.M. (2012) A tabu search algorithm for the cell formation problem with part machine sequencing, Foundations of Computing and Decision Sciences, 37(2): 97-127.
  • Papaioannou, G. and Wilson, J.M. (2010) The Evolution of Cell Formation Methodologies Based on Recent Studies (1997-2008): Review and Directions for Future Research, European Journal of Operational Research, 206(3): 509-521.
  • Papaioannou, G. Wilson, J.M. (2009) Fuzzy Extensions to Integer Mathematical Programming Models of Cell Formation in Machine Scheduling, Annals of Operations Research, 166 (1): 163-181.

Book chapters