Isabel Cristina Lopes was born in Porto, Portugal, and went to University of Porto to obtain her licentiate's degree in Mathematics in 2000, and her master's degree in Mathematics - Foundations and Applications in 2004. She went to University of Minho to obtain her PhD in Industrial Engineering in 2011, with a thesis on Operations Research and Optimization entitled Pattern sequencing models in cutting stock problems. She is currently obtaining a second master’s degree in Statistics at University of Minho.
Her current research subjects are industrial scheduling problems, vehicle routing and cutting and packing problems, with integer programming methods, and also statistical data analysis, time series and forecasting.
She has a position at ESEIG -School of Management and Industrial Studiesat thePolytechnic of Porto since 2000, lecturing Mathematics, Statistics and Operations Research, having achieved the category of Adjunct Professor in April 2011. She is a member of CIEFGEI and LEMA-Mathematical Engineering Lab, where she does research and works as consultant for industry problems.
She is vice-president of APDIO, the Portuguese Association of Operations Research, since 2016.
She has participated in the European Study Groups with Industry since 2012, where she worked in industry problems related to scheduling tasks, packing parcels and routing vehicles.