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January 8, 2024
Pre-conference workshops (parallel sessions) for early-career scholars, doctoral students, and candidates
January 9, 2024
Opening ceremony + Full-day conference
January 10, 2024
Half-day conference + Tour & Gala dinner
January 11, 2024
Full-day conference + Closing ceremony
Keynote Speech:

Professor Shuang Ren, Director of Diversity, Equality, Inclusion and Belonging, Queen’s Business School, Queen’s University Belfast (UK)
Professor Soumyadeb Chowdhury, Professor in Information Systems Management, Head of TBS Center of Excellence on CSR and Sustainable Development Toulouse Business School, Toulouse (France)
Title of speech: Generative AI: Business Operations and Social Transformation “Be Curious, don’t be Judgemental”

Professor Charles Vincent, Professor in Information Technology, Analytics, and Operational Research Queen’s Business School, Queen’s University Belfast (UK), Title of speech: AI-Enabled Emotional Analytics for Boosting Business Performance


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Call for papers

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to announce that the College of Business Administration (CoBA) at the University of Sharjah (UAE) and the Centre for Business Analytics (CBAP) at Surrey Business School, UK, will be co-organizing the much-anticipated International Conference on Business Analytics in Practice 2024. The conference is scheduled to be held on January 8-11, 2024, and is expected to be a vibrant and informative event.

We cordially invite you to join us in this multidisciplinary conference, where leading experts in business analytics will be sharing their knowledge and insights. This conference is a unique opportunity for professionals, academics, and students to collaborate, exchange ideas, and network with like-minded individuals from around the world.

University of Sharjah

The University of Sharjah (UoS) is a distinguished non-profit higher education institution founded in 1997 by His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

The UoS is a comprehensive higher education institution comprising 14 esteemed Colleges, offering 122 undergraduate and postgraduate programs. The UoS has consistently been recognized as a leading academic institution, and in 2022, it was ranked by Times Higher Education as one of the top 200-300 universities worldwide. Additionally, the UoS was ranked as the number one university in the UAE, recognized for its excellence in higher education.

The UoS is situated in the University City, spread over a sprawling 7.5 square kilometers campus. The University is conveniently located, just a 20-minute drive from the Dubai International Airport and 15 minutes from the Sharjah Airport, offering seamless global connectivity to visitors and participants of the conference.

College of Business Administration

The UoS College of Business Administration (CoBA) was founded in 1997. It offers undergraduate programs with majors and minors in Management, Marketing, Human Resource Management, Supply Chain Management, Accounting, Economics, and Finance. CoBA also offers DBA, EMBA, MBA, and MSc in Business Analytics programs. In 2017, it obtained AACSB accreditation. In 2022, CoBA was ranked 2nd in the UAE and between 176–200 in Business- and Economics-related topics worldwide by Times Higher Education. CoBA’s EMBA program was ranked 2nd in the region in 2021.

Centre for Business Analytics in Practice (CBAP)

The Centre for Business Analytics in Practice (CBAP) at Surrey Business School, UK, is a dynamic research centre that utilizes analytics to enhance decision-making across various disciplines. The centre’s primary objective is to explore the potential of data in facilitating organizational success through fact-based, proactive decision-making. CBAP is dedicated to conducting comprehensive research, grounded in both theory and empirical evidence, encompassing diverse areas such as business performance, including efficiency and productivity, AI, big data, health analytics, operations and supply chain analytics, as well as sustainability and net-zero analytics.

CBAP harnesses cutting-edge methodologies from multiple fields to develop efficient and expedited solutions for significant data-driven projects. By leveraging state-of-the-art techniques, the centre strives to contribute to the advancement of analytics and foster innovative approaches to address contemporary business challenges.

Outline of the Conference

This conference is a multidisciplinary event and will feature all aspects of business analytics, ranging from the fundamentals to the advanced levels. The conference will cover an extensive range of topics, including but not limited to:

Theory and methodology papers that make significant contributions to the fields of Operations Research, Statistics, and Econometrics.

Empirical papers (innovative applications in analytics) covering various areas, including but not limited to:

  • Sustainability and net-zero analytics
  • Energy, Environment, and Climate change analytics
  • Operations and Supply chain analytics
  • Banking and Financial analytics
  • Management and Marketing analytics
  • Accounting analytics
  • Health analytics
  • Efficiency and productivity
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and big data

​We will also organise doctoral consortium and round table discussions that bring together esteemed current and former editors of top-tier journals in the Business Analytics field (e.g., the European Journal of Operational ResearchAnnals of Operations Research, etc.). These sessions will provide a unique opportunity for early-career scholars and doctoral candidates to receive valuable insights and advice on getting published, setting them up for future success.

More information about the scientific and social program of the conference as well as paper submission can be found at

We look forward to seeing you at the I Conference in Sharjah, UAE!!

Prof Ali EmrouznejadProf Dima Rachid JamaliProf Panagiotis (Panos) ZervopoulosProf John Rice
Professor and Chair in Business Analytics, 
Director, Centre for Business Analytics in Practice, Surrey Business School, Guildford, UK
Professor and Dean of the College of Business Administration at the University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAEAssociate Professor, College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAEDirector of the DBA Program at the College of Business Administration, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Key Dates

Abstract submission opens:June 1, 2023
Abstract submission closes:December 10, 2023
Notification of acceptance:December 15, 2023
Early registration ends:December 15, 2023
Deadline for full Paper submission for inclusion in the conference’s proceedings:Janaury 15, 2024
Deadline for paper submission to the conference’s special issues:Please see guideline to submission for each journal.​

Special sessions

Topic of the session
Organizer and session chairSubmission to this session
Doctoral Consortium on 8the January 2024
CHOWDHURY Soumyadeb, TBS Education (France)CLICK HERE
Applications of Combinatorial OptimizationNelson Maculan, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)CLICK HERE
Digital Supply Chain and LogisticsVahid  Kayvanfar, Hamad Bin Khalifa University (Qatar) CLICK HERE
Data centers, energy and smart industry development
Fons Wijnhoven, Industrial Engineering & Business Information Systems (IEBIS) (France)CLICK HERE
Data Envelopment Analysis and its ApplicationsPanagiotis Zervopoulos, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAECLICK HERE
All other topics on Business AnalyticsCLICK HERECLICK HERE


Special issues in journals

Journal: Socio-Economic Planning Sciences
Special Issue on Analytical Models and AI for Sustainable Development: Enhancing Decision-Making

Guest Editors:
Ali Emrouznejad, Dima Rachid Jamali & Panagiotis (Panos) Zervopoulos
Submission deadline: December 31, 2023
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Journal: IMA Journal of Management Mathematics
Special Issue on Leveraging Business Analytics and AI in Consumer Behaviour Analysis

Guest Editors:
Ali Emrouznejad, Panagiotis (Panos) Zervopoulos, John Rice
Submission deadline: December 31, 2023
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Journal: Machine Learning with Applications  
Special Issue on Revolutionising Search Experience: Intelligent Search Engines Powered by Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Guest Editors:
Ali Emrouznejad, Vincent Charles
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Journal: Central European Journal of Operations Research  
Special Issue on Persons and Freight Transportation

Guest Editors:
Chefi Triki, Ruben Ruiz, Nima (A.) Mirzazadeh, Gerhard-Wilhelm Weber
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The proceedings book for the ICBAP 2024 conference will be published by Springer as part of the Lecture Notes in Operations Research series. If you would like to have your article included, please follow the instructions below to prepare your full paper and submit it to us by January 15, 2024.

Ali Emrouznejad, Dima Rachid Jamali & Panagiotis (Panos) Zervopoulos
To ensure consistency and facilitate the review process, we kindly request that you prepare your manuscript using the following template.

Word Template
LaTeX Package
Please note that the length of your full paper should not exceed 12 pages, including tables, figures, appendices, and references.  We kindly request that you adhere to this page limit to ensure that all submissions receive fair consideration.​


Conference Organizers
Professor Ali Emrouznejad
Professor and Chair in Business Analytics, 
Director, Centre for Business Analytics in Practice,
Surrey Business School, Guildford, UK

Professor Ilhan OZTURK, 
Professor and Dean of the College of Business Administration,
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Professor Hussein Al Tamimi, 
Professor and Director of the Masters Programs
of the College of Business Administration, 
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Professor A Aziz Bin Jaafar​, 
Professor and Head of the Accounting Department, 
College of Business Administration, 
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Professor Dima Rachid Jamali, 
Professor and Dean of the School of Management,
Canadian University Dubai, Dubai, UAE

Professor Panagiotis (Panos) Zervopoulos,
Associate Professor, College of Business Administration, 
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Professor John Rice,
Director of the DBA Program at the College of Business Administration, 
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Dr. Narjes Haj Salem,
Assistant Professor, College of Business Administration, 
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Ms. Salwa Mohamad El-Nassar
Sr. Students Outreach Officer,
College of Business Administration, 
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Mrs. Aaesha Ahmed Al Mehrezi 
Sr. Administrative Officer,
College of Business Administration, 
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Mrs. Hiba Keisse
Head of the Accounts Payable Section,
Finance Department, 
University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE

Confirmed Invited Speakers/ Panellists
This Section will b e updated soon! 
Confirmed members of Scientific Committee
This section will be updated with more names soon! 
Al Tamimi, Hussein (University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE)
Amirteimoori, Alireaz (Istinye University – Türkiye)
Bin Jaafar, A Aziz (University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE)
Charles, Vincent (Queen University of Belfast – UK)
Cochran, James (University of Alabama – USA)
Emrouznejad, Ali (University of Surrey Business School – UK)
Erdebilli, Babek (Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University – Türkiye)
Gonzalez , Rosa (Universidad de los Andes  – Chile)
Jamali, Dima Rachid (Canadian University Dubai, Dubai, UAE)
Kayvanfar, Vahid  (Hamed Ben Khalifa University – Qatar)
Maculan, Nelson (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – Brazil)
Oztruk, Ilhan (University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE)
Ribeiro, Celso (Universidade Federal Fluminense – Brazil)
Rice, John (University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE)
Salem, Narjes Haj (University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE)
Soumyadeb, CHOWDHURY (TBS Education – France)
Toloo, Mehdi (Surrey Business School – UK)
Weber, Gerhard-Wilhelm (Willi) (Poznan University of Technology – Poland)
Wijnhoven, Fons (University of Twente – France)
Zervopoulos, Panagiotis (Panos) (University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE)


You are welcome to submit a paper for oral presentation or a poster on any area related to applications or methodologies in Business Analytics, including but not limited to:

·       Predictive Analytics for Business Decision Making
·       Prescriptive Analytics and Optimization Techniques
·       Data Mining and Pattern Recognition in Business
·       Machine Learning Applications in Operations Research
·       Big Data Analytics for Business Insights
·       Supply Chain Analytics and Optimization
·       Demand Forecasting and Inventory Management
·       Customer Segmentation and Personalization
·       Marketing Analytics and Campaign Optimization
·       Social Media Analytics for Business Insights
·       Fraud Detection and Risk Management
·       Financial Analytics and Portfolio Management
·       Healthcare Analytics and Patient Outcome Prediction
·       Energy Consumption Analysis and Optimization
·       Text and Sentiment Analysis for Customer Feedback
·       Retail Analytics and Price Optimization
·       Manufacturing Process Optimization
·       Transportation and Logistics Optimization
·       Network Analysis for Supply Chain Efficiency
·       Decision Support Systems for Executives
·       Business Intelligence and Visualization
·       Revenue Management and Pricing Strategies
·       Human Resources Analytics and Talent Management
·       Sentiment Analysis in Market Research
·       Customer Churn Prediction and Retention Strategies
·       Real-time Analytics for Business Operations
·       Simulation and Modelling in Operations Research
·       Risk Assessment and Mitigation in Business
·       Environmental Sustainability Analytics
·       IoT Data Analytics for Business Applications
·       Data Visualization for Business Insights
·       Quality Control and Six Sigma Analysis
·       Project Management Analytics
·       Data Ethics and Privacy in Business Analytics
·       Healthcare Operations Optimization
·       Decision Theory and Bayesian Analysis
·       Revenue Forecasting and Budgeting
·       Machine Learning Interpretability in Business
·       Process Improvement through Lean Analytics


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 Early Registration
Until November 30, 2023
Regular Registration
From December1, 2023
Accompanying persons$240$240

  • Please do not register before we confirm that your security clearance is approved.
  • When checking in at the conference, students will be asked to provide a copy of a valid student ID, a confirmation letter from the academic advisor, or other formal evidence of the student’s status.
  • An accompanying person is a friend, spouse, or a member of the family who is not working on a topic related to this conference. The accompanying person will not receive a certificate of attendance/presentation. A co-author, scholar, student, or associate working in a related field may not attend the conference as an accompanying person. Hence, full registration is required for them.
  • This conference is self-funded. Please DO NOT ask for a discount or to waive the registration.
  • The registration fee includes conference lunches, a gala dinner, the online book of abstracts, and the certificate of presentation.
  • The financial department of the UoS handles registration for the conference. Your registration will not be confirmed until the financial department receives your full payment.
  • Cancellation policy: You may cancel your conference registration for a complete refund minus a $60 processing fee as long as your cancellation occurs before the early registration ends. After this date, no refund will be given.

For any issue regarding registration, please email Dr. Panagiotis Zervopoulos


Hotels newrby:

  1. Centro Hotel Sharjah ( Google maps link) – It is 10-15 minutes far from the University of Sharjah campus. It is a 4* hotel opposite Sharjah Airport, which serves international flights. It is a very beautiful hotel, offering reasonable rates. 
  2. InterContinental Hotel Festival City Dubai (Google Maps link) – A 5* hotel in Dubai, approximately 25 minutes far from the University of Sharjah campus. It is located in a very beautiful area of Dubai (i.e., Festival City), and it is 10 minutes away from Dubai International Airport.
  3. Crowne Plaza Hotel Festival City Dubai (Google Maps link) – A 4* hotel located next to InterContinental Hotel Festival City.
  4. Holiday Inn & Suites Dubai Festival City (Google Maps link) – A 4* hotel located in Festival City Dubai, like InterContinental and Crowne Plaza hotels. These three hotels have access to the Festival City Mall.