Nicolas Zufferey is a full professor of operations management at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. His research activities are focused on designing metaheuristics for difficult and large combinatorial optimization problems, with applications mainly in transportation, scheduling, production, inventory management, network design, and telecommunications. He is member of the CIRRELT transportation and logistics research center (www.cirrelt.ca
) and of the GERAD decision analysis research center (www.gerad.ca
). He received his BSc and MSc degrees in Mathematics at EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), as well as his PhD degree in operations research (2002). He was then successively a post-doctoral trainee at the University of Calgary (2003 – 2004) and an assistant professor at Laval University (2004 – 2007). He is the (co)author of more than 80 publications (papers in professional journals, proceedings of conferences, and book chapters) and has reviewed papers for 36 international journals. With 42 coauthors, he has had research activities with 18 Universities in Europe and North America, as well as with 13 private companies.