Emma Aspland, Cardiff University

 
I studied Mathematics at the University of the West of England at undergraduate level, followed by MSc Mathematics and Computing for Finance at Swansea University, receiving the highest level award at both.
 
I am currently a PhD student at Cardiff University focussing on Operational Research in Healthcare. My project is in collaboration with Velindre Cancer Centre, and has the overall goal to improve patient care and outcomes by reducing time to diagnosis and treatment times for those with cancer. The research will focus on clinical pathways, from discovering and investigating to improving the pathway of a particular cancer site, using techniques such as simulation and modelling.
  

Marion ChatfieldUniversity of Southampton

I studied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge at undergraduate level, followed by an MSc in Applied Statistics from the University of Southampton. After many years of applying statistics in the pharmaceutical industry (latterly applying statistics in chemistry and formulation areas), I am combining working part-time for GSK with working for a PhD part-time with the University of Southampton (supported by GSK). My PhD research topic is " Assessing Analytical Method Performance - with a focus on statistical aspects of estimating precision" and my academic supervisor is Professor Steven Gilmour, King's College, University of London.

Hajem Daham, University of Essex

I graduated from the University of Alqadisyah, and completed my master degree in OR from the University of Baghdad in Iraq. Before I came to the UK, I worked as assistant lecture at the University of Al Muthanna in Iraq.

I am currently a PhD student in Operational Research at the department of Mathematical Science, University of Essex. My supervisor is Dr. Xinan Yang. My project research is focusing on investigating the optimal models to make decisions for the inland haulage delivery of containers. Inland transportation is an important part of containers import and export business. It is harder to manage than ocean shipping as it normally gets more conveyors and parties involved, and it has a significant portion of the total transportation cost. So, we will search for a better management strategies. Our industrial partner is the Port of Felixstowe.

Marios Dominikos Kremantzis, University of Southampton

I studied Business Administration at University of Macedonia in Greece at undergraduate level, followed by an M.Sc. in Management Science and Operational Research (Business Analytics) at Lancaster University, which is one of the top 10 UK universities and globally renowned. 

I am currently a Ph.D. student in University of Southampton (UK), in the field of Management Science and Optimization. I am supervised by both Prof. Julia Bennell and Dr. Jonathan Klein at Southampton Business School. We are working in a 4-year industrial case project with BAE company (one of the largest defence contractors in UK), regarding the optimization of maintenance processes of a certain type of vessel.

Johannes Hansen, University of Edinburgh

 
I am currently a first year PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, having graduated with a BSc in Physics from Jacobs University Bremen and an MPhil in Scientific Computing from the University of Cambridge.
 
My research is focused on the automatic detection of deforestation and forest degradation events from time series of geospatial (satellite) data. Challenges include the large amount of data, the fusion of different data variables (radar, lidar, optical, field measurements) each available at different spatial and temporal resolutions, the lack of reference data, and an accurate error assessment.
 

Chul Jang, City University of London

As a Ph.D. candidate in actuarial science at Cass Business School, I am studying multi-stage stochastic programming applications on optimal investment, consumption, and insurance choices. The insurance products include term life, variable annuities, deferred annuities, and equity release, but not limited to them. My research is funded by Korea Life Insurance Association. I have B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Hanyang University, M.B.A. at KAIST, and M.S. in Actuarial Science at Cass Business School. In-between the academic degrees, I worked as a pricing actuary and researcher for a life insurance company, LINA - a Korean branch of CIGNA, a government-owned research centre, KIHASA, and a private research centre, Mirae Retirement Research Centre.

Thomas Lugrin, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

I studied Mathematics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) where I completed my MSc in Mathematical Engineering.

My current research focuses on modelling dependence of rare events, and typical applications involve environmental and financial data. I am supervised by both Prof. A. C. Davison at EPFL and Prof. J. A. Tawn at Lancaster University.

Ben Norwood, Lancaster University

Following completion of an MSci in Mathematics & Statistics at Lancaster University I have continued to study for a PhD with supervision from Rebecca Killick. The focus of the project is to develop new methods for detecting changes in seasonal behaviour in official statistics. This work is in collaboration with Duncan Elliott from the Office of National Statistics.

During my undergraduate I aimed to combine both my passion for mathematics and my keen interest in computer science. I found that computational statistics best allowed me to combine both skill sets and as such have focused on that area since my third year. This lead me to a project on classification of time series during my Master's year with Rebecca and continues into my PhD.

Asbjørn Nilsen Riseth, University of Oxford

I’m doing a PhD at Oxford University as part of their CDT in Industrially Focused Mathematical Modelling. I grew up in Oslo, Norway, and spent much time outside cross-country skiing in the winter and running during the summer. After finishing college I served 12 months in the Norwegian Royal Guard, before starting my MMATH at the University of Warwick. 

During the summers of my undergraduate, I worked for the Norwegian energy companies Hafslund and Statoil, dealing with district heating and petroleum. It has been a motivation to see how mathematics is applied in industry, especially how to deal with uncertainty in models and observations. My current research is about optimisation under uncertainty, focusing on price-management in the retail industry. This work is in collaboration with Dunhumby.

Kate Pyper, University of Strathclyde

I graduated with an MSci in Statistics from the University of Glasgow. While undertaking this degree I took part in a year-long internship as part of the product research and development team at Moody’s Analytics based in Edinburgh.

In the final year of my undergraduate degree, I found an interest in epidemiology and public health statistics. I am now undertaking a PhD at the University of Strathclyde, in collaboration with the National Poisons Information service, which is part of the NHS. I have so far investigated how use of the NPIS online database TOXBASE has varied since 2008, and am now in the process of linking this data with hospital level admissions data to determine the impact of TOXBASE on patient treatment.

Chris Sherfield, University of Bristol

I am currently a 2nd year PhD student at the University of Bristol in the Cryptography department. I received my MSci in Mathematics from University College London studying a range of topics including Probability, Computation and Abstract algebra. My current area of research is applying game theory to cryptographic threat mitigation, setting up 2 player games in order to formulate how best for a player to defend their resources. This work is in collaboration with GCHQ.

Steven Soutar, University of Edinburgh

 
I graduated with a MMath in Mathematics from the University of St Andrews. Four years later I returned to St Andrews to complete an MSc in applied statistics and data mining. My research interests include Bayesian inference, medical statistics, and computational statistics.
 
My research project concerns developing statistical methods for biomarker data analysis, to aid in early detection of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) a form of liver cancer. The methods employed in this project are mostly Bayesian in nature.
 

Mark Tuson, Cardiff University

As a mature student my previous work experience encompasses time spent in the armed forces, the private sector and more recently the public sector. Having recently completed a part-time MSc with Cardiff in Applied Statistics and Operational Research, I took the opportunity to move on to do a (full-time) PhD also with Cardiff University. Partially funded by a local Health Board, my area of interest is exploring the impact of social networks on health issues, in particular obesity.

Michail Vamvakaris, University of Liverpool

Having a bachelor degree in Economics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, did not prevent me from following more quantitatively oriented post-graduate studies. I hold a Master of Science in “Complex Systems and Networks” from the department of Mathematics of the aforementioned institute, and later I was awarded with a Master of Research in “Decision making under risk and uncertainty” from the University of Liverpool, in the context of my post-graduate studies as member of the Center for Doctoral Training in Risk and Uncertainty.

Having successfully completed the first year of my PhD studies in the field of Econo-Physics in the Department of Mathematics in the University of Liverpool, I withdraw from the PhD program in order to continue my studies in the University of Manchester, department of Computer Science in particular.

My current project combines network theory, machine learning and portfolio theory attempting to create a better algorithm for efficient portfolio construction.

Emily Williams, Cardiff University

 
I am currently a PhD student in Operational Research in Healthcare at Cardiff University, after graduating with a BSc in Mathematics, also at Cardiff University. 
 
My PhD project is in collaboration with the Welsh Blood Service to support the redesign of the blood supply chain system. The aim of my research is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the blood collection process, minimising both waiting times for donors, and wastage in the system. My project focusses on queueing theory, staff scheduling and clinic location planning, using methods such as simulation and mathematical programming.
 

Yanyun Wu, Shell Statistics & Chemometrics Group

I studied Mathematics & Statistics at University College Dublin at undergraduate level, followed by an MPhil degree in Statistics from the University of Cambridge. My PhD research topic is extreme value theory with application to environmental data. My academic supervisors are Jonathan Tawn and Emma Eastoe. Phil Jonathan at Shell is my industrial supervisor.

Fulin Xie, University of Southampton

Following completion of a MSc in operational research at the University of Southampton I have continued a PhD under supervision of Chris Potts and Tolga Bektas. My current research focuses on developing static and dynamic methods for workforce scheduling and routing problems in emergency response services. The project runs in collaboration with the AA (Automobile Association), which is the largest breakdown cover organisation in the UK.