About Me

Hello, my name's Ben. I am a PhD student on the STOR-i programme at Lancaster University. Before coming to Lancaster University, I studied for my BSc in mathematics and MSc in operational research and applied statistics at Cardiff University. These courses taught me a lot, and further enhanced my enthusiasm for mathematics. While studying for my MSc I became more and more determined to keep studying and work for my PhD, which lead me to STOR-i.

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STOR-i

STOR-i is a four-year doctoral training programme at Lancaster University, where we study statistics and operational research with applications to industry. In the first year of the programme, I gained a good grounding in the mathematics of statistics and operational research, and also got a lot of experience working in groups and on applied, industrial problems. I am currently in the PhD phase of the programme, working on the project I chose in the MRes year. For more information on the project, see my research page.

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Research

Research is a big part of the STOR-i programme. I, particularly, am interested in studying optimisation, machine learning and game theory, and my PhD is concerned with reinforcement learning and mathematical programming. This project is supervised by Dr. Chris Kirkbride and Dr. Vikram Dokka, in partnership with BT. Prior to coming to STOR-i, I completed my MSc dissertation entitled "An Empirical Evaluation of the Ohtsuki-Nowak Approximation" in 2018, under the supervision of Dr. Vince Knight. This was a great project through which I gained lots of experience using Python and LaTeX and learned a lot about best practices in software development. I am looking forward to completing more research, and will keep this page updated as I do so.

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BLOG

As I learn new things on the STOR-i programme I am regularly posting on my blog. Here I talk about problems, methods and generally things I have found interesting over the last few months. Feel free to browse over and have a look. Leave a comment if you like!

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