Maria Battarra



Accepting PhD Students


Personal profile

Research interests

My research focuses on developing innovative exact and metaheuristic algorithms for real world applications, including but not limited to vehicle routing problems, scheduling problems, disaster relief management, and maritime logistics.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am highly interested in supervising new doctoral researchers in the field of Operational Research.

Education / Academic qualification

Operational Research, Doctor of Engineering, Università di Bologna

1 Oct 200730 Mar 2010

Industrial Engineering, Master of Engineering, Università di Bologna

1 Sep 200019 Dec 2005


  • optimisation
  • routing
  • scheduling

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Projects 2016 2017

Research Output 2008 2018

Disaster preparedness using risk-assessment methods from earthquake engineering

Battarra, M., Balcik, B. & Xu, H. 16 Feb 2018 In : European Journal of Operational Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Risk assessment

Exact solution of the single-machine scheduling problem with periodic maintenances and sequence-dependent setup times

Nesello, V., Subramanian, A., Battarra, M. & Laporte, G. 16 Apr 2018 In : European Journal of Operational Research. 266, 2, p. 498-507 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sequence-dependent setup times
Single machine scheduling
Scheduling problem
2 Citations

The Block Retrieval Problem

Melo, M., Erdoğan, G., Battarra, M. & Strusevich, V. 16 Mar 2018 In : European Journal of Operational Research. 265, 3, p. 931-950 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Port terminals

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Routing and Trajectory Optimisation Problem

Pereira Coutinho, W., Battarra, M. & fliege, J. 19 Apr 2018 In : Computers and Industrial Engineering.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Location of a hierarchy of HIV/AIDS test laboratories in an inbound hub network: case study in South Africa

Smith, H., Cakebread, D., Battarra, M., Shelbourne, B., Cassim, N. & Coetzee, L. 1 Sep 2017 In : Journal of the Operational Research Society. 68, 9, p. 1068–1081 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Travel time
South Africa