Member of the STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training - Statistics and Operational Research

Hi I'm Toby Kingsman

I'm currently an MRes student within the STOR-i Doctoral Training Centre at Lancaster University.


From Redditch

I grew up in a town called Redditch in the Midlands, which was famous for needle making and producing the Royal Enfield motorcycles.

Studied Physics

I spent my undergraduate years at the University of Birmingham studying for a MSci in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics.

Changing Direction

Over the course of my degree I decided I wanted to focus less on abstract ideas and more on solving tangible real world problems.


Following a successful STOR-i internship, I've returned to take part in the full programme to learn more about Statistics and OR.

Centre for
Doctoral Training

The STOR-i Centre for Doctoral Training, a joint venture between the departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Management Science, offers a four-year PhD programme in Statistics and Operational Research (STOR) developed and delivered with industrial partners. Click the icons below for more information.


PhD Years

My PhD is involved with scheduling maintenance activities for offshore wind turbines.

I am being supervised by Jon Tawn and Burak Boyaci with the project being done in partnership with JBA and their ForeCoast ® Marine platform.

Current Goals:

  • Building a mathematical model capable of scheduling day to day operations at a wind farm.
  • Developing a statistical model for the time evolution of metocean conditions around a wind farm.
  • Create a cutting edge model that accurately accounts for the effect of weather on wind farm operations.

MRes Year

The MRes year allowed me to get a flavour of the current areas of research across the fields of Statistics and Operational Research. This was of particular benefit to me having come into STOR-i from a different background entirely!

A selection of the areas that I covered in the year are:

  • Likelihood Inference
  • Bayesian Inference
  • Optimisation
  • Statistical Computing


I undertook an internship with STOR-i in summer 2014. This took the form of an extended research problem over the course of 8 weeks. I was supervised by Trivikram Dokka and looked at integer programming formulations for maximising the yield of 3D computer chips.

See the links below for what I got up to over the summer:

Prior to STOR-i

During my undergraduate degree in Theoretical Physics and Applied Mathematics I studied a variety of subjects ranging from Quantum Mechanics and Electromagnetism all the way through to Fluid Mechanics and computer coding. In my final year I focused more on the Physics side of my degree.

My final year project was supervised by Dr Martin Long and looked at a theoretical model for high temperature cuprate superconductors.

About Me


I play for the Graduate college football team and regularly take part in other sports as well.

Pub Quiz

This year I have started going to the White Cross Quiz along with other MRes students, carrying on a STOR-i tradition.

Spicy Food

I often experiment by adding chilli sauces to all manner of foods, my particular favourite is Scotch Bonnett.

Latest News




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STOR-i at the OR Society's Careers Open Day

The 18th of November saw STOR-i exhibiting at the OR Society's Annual Careers Open Day.

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STOR-i Student Wins Kingsman Prize

Saeideh D. Nasiri, has been awarded the Kingsman Prize for 2015 for the work in her PhD thesis.

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