I am a senior lecturer and a researcher in the School of Quantitative Sciences at the Universiti Utara Malaysia. Also I am working under Institute of Strategic Industrial Decision Modeling (ISIDM). My interests include Operational Research, Evolutionary Computing, Scheduling, Timetabling and Heuristics & Metaheuristics. I can be contacted at

School of Quantitative Sciences

Decision Science Department

UUM College of Arts and Sciences

Universiti Utara Malaysia

Sintok, Kedah

                                            Phone (O): +6049286371

                                   Fax: +6049286309

                                                                     Email: syariza[at]uum[dot]edu[dot]my

I received my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham in 2012. My supervisors were Professor Edmund Burke, Professor Andrzej Bargiela and Dr. Ender Ozcan from Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research Group (ASAP), University of Nottingham and Barry McCollum from Queen Belfast University. My PhD thesis work is on Search Methodologies for Examination Timetabling.

Academic Qualification:

Ph.D. (Computer Science) 2012, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

M.Sc. (Decision Science) 2004, Universiti Utara Malaysia.

B.Sc. (Statistics-Information Technology) 2001, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

 Scheduling, Timetabling, Planning
Research Interest:
·         Timetabling: Examination, Course, School, Venue, Sports, Nurse.
·         Vehicle Routing Problem, Location Allocation Problem, Bin-Packing Problem and other combinatorial optimization problems.
·         Heuristics & Metaheuristics: Variable Neighborhood Search, Tabu Search, Local Search, Great Deluge, etc.
·         Optimization Techniques: Linear Programming, Integer Programming, etc.
·         Scheduling
·         Hyper-heuristics
·         Operational Research