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Maria João Alves received a degree in Computers Engineering from the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra in 1989 and a PhD in Management (speciality Operational Research) from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra (FEUC). She is Assistant Professor at FEUC and co-coordinator of the Doctoral Programme in Management – Decision Aiding Science. She is also a researcher at the INESC Coimbra and CeBER R&D institutes. Her research activities are mainly developed in multiobjective optimization, in particular multiobjective linear, mixed-integer, fractional and bilevel programming. Her interests include exact methods and metaheuristics (evolutionary algorithms and particle swarm optimization), applications and decision support systems. She is co-author of scientific papers published in several international journals (such as, European Journal of Operational Research, Computers & Operations Research, Journal of Heuristics, Journal of Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, Optimization, Journal of Global Optimization, Applied Mathematics and Computation, among others), an article in the Encyclopaedia of Optimization, one book in Portuguese (2003) and a book of the series “Euro Advanced Tutorials on Operational Research”, entitled Multiobjective Linear and Integer Programming, Springer, 2016.


Supervision of PhD Students

(ongoing) Resource optimization concerning demand for road transport in organizations
Management – Decision Aiding Science
(2018) An inquiry into the validity of technical analysis in financial markets with the use of evolutionary techniques
Management – Decision Aiding Science
(2017) Population-based metaheuristics for multiobjective and bi-level optimization models
Management – Decision Aiding Science



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Universidade de Coimbra
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