Dr. Emmanouil Zachariadis has received a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and an MSc in Computing Science from the Imperial College of London. He holds a PhD in Operations Research/Computing Science from the School of Chemical Engineering of the NTUA. He is currently an independent researcher in the Dept. of Management Science and Technology of Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), working on National and European research programs. His research interests concentrate on the analysis and design of intelligent computational methodologies for tackling large-scale, complex combinatorial optimization problems which arise in practical logistics, transportation and production operations. His publication record includes 13 articles in highly prestigious journals in the fields of Transportation Logistics and Operations Research, such as Transportation Science, INFORMS Journal on Computing and European Journal of Operational Research.