XIV Balkan Conference on
Operational Research
(Virtual BALCOR 2020)

Operational Research in the Era of Digital Transformation and Business Analytics

30 September - 3 October 2020, Thessaloniki, Greece


XIV Balkan Conference on Operational Research (Virtual BALCOR 2020)

"Operational Research in the Era of Digital Transformation and Business Analytics"


It is our pleasure to invite you to XIV Virtual Balkan Conference on Operational Research (Virtual BALCOR 2020), which will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece (University of Macedonia), during 30 September – 3 October, 2020.

The XIV Balkan Conference on Operational Research (Virtual BALCOR 2020) will be co-organized by the Department of Applied Informatics at University of Macedonia (Information Systems and e-Business Laboratory) and the Hellenic Operational Research Society (HELORS).

Organization of the Conference

Due to the situation with Covid-19 and with everyone's health and safety in mind, the BALCOR 2020 organizing committee has decided to convert Hybrid BALCOR 2020 to Virtual BALCOR 2020. Thus, participants will join the conference only through electronic participation (via Zoom).

We would like to remind you that camera-ready papers should be submitted via Easy Chair by August 30, 2020:


When you log into Easy Chair, you can view or update your existing submission. You can update your file and send your camera-ready paper via the "Update file" link on the menu. Please make sure that you strictly comply with the format specifications according to the conference template for short papers that can be found here. Then, you should upload your short paper in Word/doc format. Please keep note that short papers are limited to 5 pages, including abstract, body of paper, figures/tables, references, and appendices. Please keep note that short papers should be strictly limited to 5 pages, including abstract, body of paper, figures/tables, references, and appendices.

All accepted short papers will be published in the electronic Book of Conference Proceedings (with ISBN).

Let us remind you that every paper should be covered by at least one registration at the regular rate by September 13, 2020 (late registration). Each author’s full registration can cover at most two papers that he/she authored or coauthored. Papers without a full registration will be withdrawn from the program and the proceedings.

All accepted papers will be presented using a pre-recorded 12-15-minute video via Zoom with an additional 5 minutes for questions (live with Zoom). Each video should use a set of slides, and should be timed carefully to not exceed the time allocation. Therefore, we kindly ask all participants to submit a video with their presentation (MP4) by September 13, 2020. Participants can send shared links to their video presentation via WeTransfer, Drive or Dropbox to balcor2020@uom.edu.gr. By submitting the video, the delegates will accept the publication and dissemination of their video presentations through the digital channels of the conference, which will be available to the public.

After completing your registration, we will send you the conference program as well as instructions for presenting your work and attending the conference.

Thank you once more for your interest in participating in the XIV Virtual Balkan Conference on Operational Research (Virtual BALCOR 2020).

We will be at your disposal for whatever you need.


The purpose of the Conference is to disseminate recent scientific advances in the field of Operational Research and Management Science in Balkan countries. The main benefits for the OR researchers are the successful exchange of ideas and information of interest to Operational Research and the promotion of international co-operation among participants by presenting both theoretical and applied results.

Call for Workshops and Special Sessions

We invite those who are interested in organizing Workshops or Special Sessions to submit a relevant proposal (Workshop/Session title, organizers, description). In case you are interested in organizing a Workshop or a Session during BALCOR 2020, please feel free to contact the conference Chairs at: balcor2020@uom.edu.gr

Conference Topics

The Conference welcomes conceptual, methodological and empirical contributions in all fields of Operational Research and Management Science. We invite all researchers, academicians, practitioners, as well as students to participate in the Conference and present their current research in Operational Research with applications in several business areas (e.g., agrifood, banking, cultural heritage, e-business, economics, education, energy, finance, health, ICT, public sector, retail, tourism) in support of various business operations (e.g., human resources, logistics, marketing and sales, production, innovation, strategic planning) by means of methodological tools or techniques such as (but not limited to) the following:

Agent-based Modeling

Agricultural Productivity and Innovation

Agricultural Cooperative Management and Policy


Banking and Financial Decision Making

Big Data and Business Analytics


Combinatorial Optimization and Integer Programming

Competition and Efficiency in Tourism

Consumer Behaviour and Consumer Satisfaction

Cultural Heritage in Tourism

Data Envelopment Analysis and Performance Benchmarking

Data Mining

Decision Making and Decision Analysis

Decision Support Systems

Digital Business Models

Electronic Business


Energy Management

Energy Policy and Planning

Environmental Design and Policy

Environmental Impact Assessment

Fuzzy Systems

Game Theory

Governance and Policy Modelling

Group Decision Making and GDSS

Heuristics, Metaheuristics and Nature Inspired Optimization Algorithms

Hospitality & Tourism Sector

ICT Applications

Innovation in Agricultural and Tourism sectors

Intelligent Agriculture Systems

Linear and Nonlinear Programming

Locational Analysis

Machine Learning

Management Science & Operations Research in Travel and Tourism

Management and Planning of Tourism

Marketing Management

Mathematical Modeling and Decision Making

Mathematical Programming

Military Operational Research

Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis and Multi-Objective Optimization

Network Design and Optimization

Optimal Control

Optimization Theory and Applications

Parallel Processing in Operational Research and Grid Computing

Precision Agriculture

Productivity and Innovation Measurement

Project Management and Scheduling

Queuing Theory

Resource Scheduling

Risk Analysis and Management



Smart Agriculture

Spatial Analysis, Landscape Planning and GIS-based Analysis


Stochastic Programming

Strategy and Innovation Management

Structural Optimization

System Dynamics

Supply Chain Management and Logistics

Sustainable Development in Tourism

Sustainable Farming Systems

Telecommunications and Telematics

Transportation Analysis and Decision Making

Vehicle Routing and Scheduling

Waste Management

Water Resources Management

Workflow Management Systems


Important dates


  • Submission deadline for Abstracts (MS Word) (300 words): June 28, 2020
  • Notification of Abstracts acceptance: July 5, 2020
  • Submission of Short Papers (MS Word) (5 pages): July 19, 2020 August 2, 2020
  • Notification of Short Papers acceptance: August 20, 2020
  • Camera-ready Short Papers: August 30, 2020
  • Early-bird registration deadline: August 27, 2020
  • Late registration deadline: September 13, 2020
  • Conference: September 30 - October 3, 2020


Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be submitted via Easy Chair Conference system: (MS Word - Template for Abstracts - 300 words):

Short Paper Submission
(5 pages max)

After the acceptance of their abstract, authors are given the option to submit Short Papers for publication in the electronic conference proceedings with ISBN. The length of the papers should not exceed 5 pages and they should be prepared in MS Word, in accordance with the format shown in the template file:
Template for Short Papers.

The Short Papers should be submitted via Easy Chair:

All accepted Short Papers that will be published in the Book of Proceedings will be reviewed by Members of the Scientific Committee.

XIV Balkan Conference on Operational Research (BALCOR 2020)


Book of Abstracts

The abstracts approved for presentation will be included in the Book of Abstracts that will be distributed at the beginning of the Conference.

Book of Conference Proceedings (ISBN)

All accepted Short Papers will be published in the electronic Book of Conference Proceedings with an ISBN.

Publication in Special Issues

The following special issue will be devoted in papers presented in the conference:

All papers (in extended form - after revision), will be refereed according to the standards of the respective journal.

Springer Proceedings In Business And Economics

All conference participants are invited to submit their research work to the forthcoming book of Springer Proceedings in series: Springer Proceedings in Business and Economics, dedicated to Virtual BALCOR 2020 (Operational Research in the Era of Analytics and Business Transformation).

Registration & Fees

Registration fees should be paid for each paper presented. The fees are as follows:

Early registration
(before August 27, 2020)
Late registration
(before September 13, 2020)
Regular 150 € 200 €
Students * 80 € 100 €
Accompanying persons 50 € 50 €

* A student ID card is required

Regular and Students with presentation: The registration fee includes access to all scientific sessions, conference material (book of abstracts, conference proceedings, programme, etc).

Author registration: All attendees, including presenters, must pay for the correct registration category. Each paper needs to be covered by at least one registration at the regular rate by September 13, 2020. Each author’s full registration can cover at most two papers that he/she authored or coauthored.

Papers cannot be covered with only a student registration. Papers without a full registration will be withdrawn from the program and the proceedings.

Instruction for Payment

The payment of the registration fees can be done by bank transfer at one of the following accounts of the Hellenic Operational Research Society:

National Bank of Greece (account no. 116-480017/63, IBAN: GR41 0110 1160 0000 1164 8001 763, Swift Code: ETHNGRAA), Branch address: AIOLOU STREET 86, Athens, Greece.

Piraeus Bank (account no. 5018-036916-821, IBAN: GR06 0172 0180 0050 1803 6916 821, Swift Code: PIRBGRAA), Branch address: AMERIKIS STREET 4, Athens, Greece.

When making the bank transfer, make sure that your name appears on the payment, together with a reference to the Conference (e.g., Papadopoulos K, BALCOR-2020) and that the payment is net of any bank charges.

The receipt of the payment should be sent to the Secretariat of HELORS, by email (eeee@otenet.gr) or fax (+30.210.3807807). For further information about the payment of the registration fee, please contact the Secretariat of HELORS.

Hellenic Operational Research Society | Address: 427 Acharnon Street, GR-11143, Athens | VAT number: 090162126 - Tax Office: ID' Athens

Ελληνική Εταιρία Επιχειρησιακών Ερευνών | Διεύθυνση: Αχαρνών 427, ΤΚ. 11143, Αθήνα | ΑΦΜ. 090162126 - ΔΟΥ: ΙΔ’ ΑΘΗΝΩΝ

Conference Venue & Location

The Conference Venue is University of Macedonia


University of Macedonia,

156 Egnatia Street, GR-546 36 Thessaloniki, Greece
Tel. +30 2310 891.101


Hellenic Operational Research Society

Mrs Georgia Mouriadou

E-mail: eeee@otenet.gr
Tel: +30 210 3807532
Fax: +30 210 3807807

Travel & Venue and accommodation

City of Thessaloniki Travel Guide