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Optimal Design of Experiments for Discrete Choice Models

   Faculty of Social Sciences

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  Assoc Prof Selin Damla Ahipasaoglu  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Discrete choice modelling is an important tool used by practitioners and researchers in many fields such as marketing, public policy, transportation research, and revenue management. In this project, we will develop theory and algorithms to design experiments to collect “optimal” datasets that can be used to estimate the parameters of various discrete choice models. The research lies in the intersection of nonlinear optimisation and statistics. You will build a strong background in convex and nonlinear optimisation, statistical estimation, and statistical learning. A good understanding of calculus and linear algebra as well as familiarity with a programming language would be required.

Main supervisor. Professor Selin Ahipasaoglu,

Host Institution

You will be based at the University of Southampton, a research intensive university and a founding member of the Russell Group of elite British universities. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, Southampton was ranked 8th for research intensity. In 2017-18, Southampton has been ranked 5th in the UK for research grant income. Besides being recognised as one of the leading research universities in the UK, Southampton has also achieved consistently high scores for its teaching and learning activities. In the Research Excellence framework, 100% of Mathematics research impact and research environment was specifically rated as of internationally excellent or world-leading quality. The broad range of Mathematical Sciences at Southampton gives Southampton a unique ability to contribute to the scientific and social challenges facing society.

Southampton has an excellent track record for optimisation. Statistics and Operational Research groups have existed within Mathematical Sciences since the 1960s. In the early 2000s, the broad multidisciplinary nature of Southampton activity in these areas was recognised through the establishment of the Centre of Operational Research, Management Sciences and Information Systems CORMSIS, which spans Mathematical Sciences and Southampton Business School. Operational Research at the University of Southampton is ranked 33th in the world, and 7th in the UK, according to the latest QS World Rankings. You will be a member of CORMSIS for the duration of your PhD studies.

Entry Requirements

A very good undergraduate degree (at least a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent).

How To Apply

Apply for the research degree programme PhD Mathematical Sciences in the Faculty of Social Sciences.

Applications should be made online.

Applications should include:

Research Proposal

Curriculum Vitae

Two reference letters

Degree Transcripts to date

Apply online:

Funding Notes

For UK students, Tuition Fees and a stipend of £15,285 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.
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