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PhD Studentship: Market analysis of ferry travel to develop of real-time dynamic pricing models

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    Dr R Mandania
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Application details:
Reference number: SBE-RMAF19
Start date of studentship: 01 October 2019
Closing date of advert: 15 September 2019
Interview date: TBC

Primary supervisor: Dr Rupal Mandania
Secondary supervisor: Prof Jiyin Liu

This studentship offers the chance to take part in a project that will have real world impact and be working with both practitioners and academics.

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
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Full Project Detail

This research will analyse the impact, effectiveness and value added by an online platform operating in a multi-sided market that connects buyers and sellers of ferry travel. The study will quantify this impact using existing data and statistical methods. The analysis will be based on historical trends to see how the operators and consumers benefit from the presence of an online platform and how a platform encourages healthy competition while helping in price regulation. This initial research will provide direction for developing future pricing models for the online platform.

We then aim to create digital customer profiles using AI methods such as reinforcement learning and neural networks, we will use the vast amount of data available from our industrial partner, who is operating in travel industry for the last 20 years and have large amounts of data that can be feed into our machine leaning models. Their customer base is spread all over the world, which makes the problem more interesting as well as challenging. This customer profiling will used to understand the customer buying behaviours and aid pricing decisions. We aim to apply dynamic pricing models to increase the company’s profit. Optimisation and reinforcement learning models will be used to dynamically price using real time data.

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Entry requirements

UK Masters degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or International equivalent. English Language requirement of IELTS band 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component.

Contact details:
Name: Dr Rupal Mandania
Email address: [Email Address Removed]

How to apply

All applications should be made online at Under programme name, select Business School. Please include a research proposal or examples of your written work ie. Masters dissertation, coursework or papers.

Please quote reference number: SBE-RMAF19

Funding Notes

The studentship provides a tax free stipend of £15009 per annum for the duration of the studentship plus tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. International (non EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

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