Luke Rhodes-LeaderSTOR-i Impact Research Associate, PhD student
My PhD research with STOR-i is in Symbiotic Simulation, particularly looking at how to analyse and use incoming information from the system in the most appropriate way and in simulation optimisation techniques. I am focussing on applications to airlines operations to help minimise the impact of disruption, an area of particular interest to my industrial partners, Rolls Royce. My supervisors are Stephan Onggo at the University of Southampton, Dave Worthington at Lancaster University, Barry L. Nelson at Northwestern University, and Richard Standing at Rolls Royce.
I graduated from Lancaster University with an MSci in Theoretical Physics with Mathematics in 2015. I enjoyed applying rigorous mathematical ideas to physical systems so extending this into statistics and operational research within STOR-i is an exciting prospect. In 2014, I took part in the STOR-i summer internship programme, which gave me an insight into what STOR-i was like. My internship project looked at the influence of individual time series within their sum, in the context of network faults. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity for collaborative work.