Mark Tuson

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Cardiff University

Michail Vamvakaris

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University of Liverpool

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.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Economics (Major in Finance) at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 2014 with an outstanding performance. In particular, I was awarded with an “Excellence Scholarship” for three consecutive years by the National Scholarship Foundation while DAAD Foundation has also awarded me with a scholarship to attend a summer program in the University of Bayreuth. Right after my bachelor’s, I entered the master’s program “Complex Systems and Networks” in the Department of Mathematics of the same institute.

Even though I had my first research experience during the third year of my bachelor’s, the rigorous research activity of my master’s program was key to helping me realize that I had to follow such a path in the future as well. Now, I am in the middle of a research master’s in “Decision making under Risk and Uncertainty” in the Center for Doctoral Training in the Institute for Risk and Uncertainty in the University of Liverpool. My PhD supervisors are A. A. Pantelous and K.M. Zuev. Supported by our industrial partner Financial Network Analytics Ltd, we are going to investigate a novel method for clustering volatility and predicting outliers in financial time series.

Hajem Daham

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University of Essex

Asbjørn Nilsen Riseth

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University of Oxford

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.

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.

Ben Norwood

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Lancaster University

Chris Sherfield

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University of Bristol

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.

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.

Thomas Lugrin

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Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

Yanyun Wu

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Shell Statistics & Chemometrics Group

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.

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.

Marion Chatfield

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University of Southampton

Fulin Xie

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University 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.

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.