Professor Loucopoulos holds a B.Sc. in Mathematical Sciences and M.Sc. and PhD degrees in Computer Science. After a spell in the City during which time he was involved in developing state of the art computer-based information systems for financial applications he moved to Manchester to take up a post at UMIST where in 1990 he was elected to a Chair in Information Systems. At UMIST he served as the Head of Department during the years 1992-1994 and 1999-2001.
He has taught at Bachelors, Masters, MBA and Executive Programmes and has successfully supervised 27 PhD students most of whom hold key posts in academia and industry. He has held appointments as a Visiting Professor at many international Universities. He has acted as a scientific expert for UK, Greek, Italian, Austrian, Canadian, Belgian and Swiss Governmental institutions.
He is the holder of the 2005 UK OR Society’s President’s Medal. In 2008 he received the Edelman Laureate medal, as a finalist of the 2005 INFORMS Franz Edelman award competition. He has served as General Chair or Programme Chair of over 25 international conferences and has been a member of over 300 Programme Committees of high profile conferences.
He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Requirements Engineering and also serves as Associate Editor on 15 other journals.
He has initiated and managed projects worth €22M of which €5M was awarded to his research group.
Professor Loucopoulos' research aim is advancement of both theory and practice for the achievement of organisational goals through the efficient and flexible operation of business processes and supporting information systems. His motivation is to solve problems at the intersection of business and information technologies. Towards this end his research is concerned with the engineering of information, and the tools, methods and processes used to design, develop and deploy services that can continuously deliver value in dynamically changing circumstances.
His research methodology is that of the Design Science Research Methodology (DSRM), which works most effectively by involving industry partners whose contribution is most pronounced in helping to define the research problem and in validating the results of the research. The study of information systems spans a wide spectrum from ‘soft’ organisational, and social issues to ‘hard’, technology and development issues. Within the DSRM framework his work, especially the work in Requirements Engineering, is situated mostly at the intersection between management and information systems. His research is informed by ‘softer’ issues (organisational, managerial, societal) in order to understand the context of the problem; this is followed by the creation of artifacts (meta-models, techniques, tools) that address problems identified within the social setting; and the utility of these artifacts is evaluated against the goals and requirements expressed by organisational agents. This is achieved by involving conceptual modelling (as a thinking toolset), requirements engineering (as a focus of investigation), and information systems development (as a methodical framework).