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Mathematical Models and Algorithms for Allocating Scarce Airport Resources

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The School of Informatics at the University of Leicester invites applications for a fully funded PhD studentship to work on a project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. OR-MASTER aims to develop new mathematical models and algorithms for solving complex, large-scale airport resource allocation problems. We will seek to combine aspects of airport operations, air traffic flow management, and large-scale, deterministic, stochastic and dynamic optimization to develop and evaluate advanced models and exact, meta and hyper-heuristic solution algorithms. Our ultimate goal is to develop decision support capabilities for airport capacity allocation and management.

The Programme represents a strong partnership between academia, the air transport industry and policy makers. Over the six years of the Programme, OR-MASTER will involve close collaboration with a host of international organisations that will support the project, providing real-world data, insights and expertise. Our partners are National Air Traffic Services (NATS) in the UK; Eurocontrol (managing air traffic across Europe); Park Air Systems; KLM Air France; Zurich Airport and Athens International Airport; the research organisations linked to the national air navigation services for Italy and Spain (SICTA and CRIDA); SESAR (Single European Sky research body); the Airport Services Association; Goldair Handling; ACI Europe (Airports Council International); the HALA! SESAR network of leading researchers in Europe working in the area of Air Traffic Management automation; NEXTOR II (National Centre of Excellence for Aviation Operations Research); the MIT International Centre for Air Transport Research (MIT-ICAT) in the USA; and DLR, the German Airspace Research Centre.

Entry requirements

Candidates are normally expected to have a 2.1 or 1st class honors degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Operations Research or related discipline, from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. The successful candidate must have a strong programming background, as well as good analytical and communication skills. The student is expected to work as part of a team and independently, and to prepare clear reports and research papers. An understanding of mathematical optimization techniques, heuristic and hyper-heuristic search is highly desirable although not mandatory.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable:

How to apply

You should submit your application using our online application system:

Apply for Computer Science Research

In the funding section of the application please indicate you wish to be considered for Informatics-Drake Studentship

In the proposal section please provide the name of the supervisor and project.

Include a CV and a personal statement explaining your interest in the project and why we should consider you together with all other relevant application documents.

Informal enquiries can be made by email to Dr John Drake ()

Closing date for receipt of applications: 18th March 2020

Starting date: September 2020

Funding Notes

This research project is fully funded College of Science and Engineering studentship which includes:
• A full UK/EU fee waiver for 3.5 years
• An annual tax free stipend of £15,009 (2019/20)
• Research Training Support Grant (RTSG)

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