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Professor Aris A. Syntetos

Chair in Operational Research and Operations Management

+44 (0)29 208 76572
C21, Aberconway Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

Aris holds a Chair (Full Research Professor) of Operational Research and Operations Management at Cardiff Business School, Cardiff University.

Previously (2003 – 2012) he was a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Professor at the Centre for Operational Research and Applied Statistics (CORAS), University of Salford. 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.

His main research interests relate to demand/supply chain forecasting (both statistical and judgemental) and inventory and supply chain modelling, with a particular emphasis on the after-sales industry. He has conducted many government funded projects in this area (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Technology Strategy Board, Royal Society etc) totalling more than £1.1 Million.

Aris' research to date reflects collaboration with more than twenty universities and companies around the globe. Some very recent invited visits include the Politecnico di Milano and Universita di Brescia (Italy), Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (The Netherlands), the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Lyon (France) and the Max Planck Institute for Mathematics in the Sciences in Leipzig (Germany).

He is Co-Editor in Chief of the IMA Journal of Management Mathematics (Oxford University Press), Assistant Editor of the Journal of the Operational Research Society (Palgrave) and the Supply Chain Editor of FORESIGHT, the practitioner oriented publication of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF). He serves at the Board of Directors of the IIF and the Executive Committee of the International Society for Inventories Research (ISIR). 

  • 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).

Teaching commitments

  • Logistics Modelling and Operations Analytics modules (MSc courses)

Additional teaching activities

In addition to the UK, Aris has taught internationally in Colombia, China, Denmark, France, Greece, Italy and Latvia.

Research interests

  • Statistical and judgemental sales/demand forecasting and management
  • Statistical inventory control and inventory management
  • Supply chain management & modelling and information sharing
  • HEFCE: 'Golden Hello' retention grant from the Higher Education Funding Council for England, 2003-06
  • NWDA: Participation in a research project on Action Learning in SMEs (Networking NorthWest), 2004-05 (£20,000)
  • 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 (50%, with Prof. John Davies)
  • 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 Prof. 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 Professors Dangerfield and 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' (40%, with Prof Gai Murphy, Associate Dean, College of Science, Engineering and Environment)
  • 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 Dr Huijing Chen)
  • TSB & EPSRC: Knowledge Transfer Partnership with Panalpina World Transport Ltd. - KTP 9208, 2013-2015 (£134,000), Subject area: 'Statistical Forecasting and Inventory Control' (100%).

Aris has led the following projects

Develop a demand-driven inventory-forecasting model to facilitate inventory reductions

30 June 2013 to 29 June 2015

Sponsored by Technology Strategy Board, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Panalpina World Transport Ltd

Led by Professor Aris Syntetos

Award type: Knowledge Transfer Partnership

PhD supervision research interests

  • Statistical and judgemental sales/demand forecasting and management
  • Statistical inventory control and inventory management
  • Supply chain management & modelling and information sharing

Business Innovation Award

Wednesday 1 June 2016

A project which helps businesses accurately forecast demand for their products has picked up a prize for Business Innovation at Cardiff University’s Innovation and Impact Awards 2016.

School celebrated for enriching student lives

Wednesday 4 May 2016

The School is proud to announce that Professor Aris Syntetos, from the Logistics and Operations Management section, has been awarded the Outstanding Doctoral Supervisor Award at the 2016 Enriching Student Life Awards (ESLA).

There was also student success with Yasir Mehdi winning the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Student Rep of the Year Award.

KTP funding success – School to work with Panalpina World Transport Ltd on 3D Printing

Monday 19 October 2015

A grant of £285,000 has been awarded to an academic team from Cardiff University following a successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) application.

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)
  • Reviewer for numerous book proposals (Wiley, Elsevier, Pearson) and very frequent refereeing for top Academic Journals: JORS, IJPE, IJF, EJOR, IMA JMM, IJOPM, OMEGA, Production Planning & Control, Journal of Business Logistics, SCM: An International Journal, etc
  • Guest co-editorship: IMA JMM. Special issue on ‘Forecasting for Inventory Management’, issue 2, 2008
  • Guest co-editorship: JORS. Special issue on ‘Supply Chain Forecasting and Planning’, issue 3, 2011
  • Guest co-editorship: OMEGA. Special issue on ‘Forecasting in Management Science’, issue 6, 2012
  • Guest co-editorship: OR INSIGHT. Special issue on Keynote papers from the OR 53, issue 3, 2012
  • Co-Editor (with D. 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: IMA JMM. Special issue on Keynote papers from the OR 53, issue 4, 2013


  • Institute for Operations Research & Management Sciences (INFORMS)
  • Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA, Elected Member)
  • International Institute of Forecasters (IIF, Board of Directors)
  • International Society for Inventory Research (ISIR, Executive Committee)
  • Operational Research Society (ORS)
  • Production & Operations Management Society (POMS)
  • Royal Statistical Society (RSS, Fellow)