Sept 2017 - : Teaching Associate at Cardiff University’s School of Mathematics
- Welsh medium example classes and tutorials
- Translation of educational resources
- Welsh provision at Maths Support
Oct 2014 - : PhD in Applied Stochastic Modelling, Cardiff University.
- Supervisors: Prof. Paul Harper & Dr. Vincent Knight
- Jointly funded by ABUHB & Cardiff University.
- Modelling of patient flows & working at the interface of a healthcare organisation.
- Modelling of deadlock in queueing networks using Markov models and discrete event simulation.
- Development of an internationally used open source software package, Ciw.
- Title: Deadlock in open restricted queueing networks.
Oct 2013 - Oct 2014: MSc Operational Research and Applied Statistics, Cardiff University. Distinction.
- Taught topics include: Queueing theory, Game theory, Statistical techniques, Time series, Mathematical Programming, Heuristics.
- Completed dissertation at the University of Twente on an Erasmus placement.
- Dissertation title: Optimising surgery schedules in order to increase operating room utilisation and level beds in the PACU and holding area.
Sept 2010 - May 2013: BSc Mathematics, Aberystwyth University. First Class Honours.
- 2017: Ciw: An open source discrete event simulation library Palmer GI, Knight VA, Harper PR, Hawa, AL. Under Review. arXiv:1710.03561
- 2017: Modelling Deadlock in Open Restricted Queueing Networks Palmer GI, Harper PR, Knight VA. European Journal of Operational Research.
- 2016: An Open Framework for the Reproducible Study of the Iterated Prisoners Dilemma Knight VA et al. Journal of open research software.
Learning & Teaching
- Experience of leading computer lab sessions (Python, Simul8, LaTeX, Vensim, Excel) for undergraduate & masters students.
- Mathematics & Statistics support tutor.
- Translation of pedagogic material from English to Welsh.
- Experience of producing new bilingual learning materials (short LaTeX course).
- Key participant in innovative international development initiative leading active learning sessions at the University of Namibia (under the Cardiff University Phoenix Project).
Community Building & Organisation
- Member of the UK OR Society & committee member of SWORDS (South Wales Operational Research Discussion Society).
- Co-organiser of the stochastic modelling stream at Young OR 19.
- Member of organising committee for DjangoCon Europe 2015, Cardiff.
- Active member of PyDiff, the Cardiff Python meetup.
- Help run the School of Mathematics Code Club.
- Regular volunteer and participant at PyCon Namibia (under the Cardiff University Phoenix Project).
- Main developer and maintainer of Ciw (ciw.readthedocs.io), a Python library for simulating queueing networks.
- Experience of modern software development techniques: version control, testing, continuous integration.
- Contributor to the open source project Axelrod.
Bilingual speaker. International experience. Technical topics. Diverse audiences including general public, healthcare practitioners, and member of the Welsh government.
- Oct 2017 - PyCon UK, Cardiff - Python for Operational Research in Healthcare
- April 2017 - IMA and OR Society Conference on Mathematics of Operational Research, Aston - Queueing networks, Deadlock and Healthcare
- Feb 2017 - PyCon Namibia, Windhoek - Producing Pretty Plots in Python
- Sept 2016 - PyCon UK, Cardiff - Queueing and Python: pip install ciw
- May 2016 - CORS 2016, Banff - Deadlock in Queueing Networks
- May 2016 - Cynhadledd Wyddonol y CCC, Aberystwyth - Poster: Llwyrglo yn Rhwydweithiau Ciwio (Winner best poster)
- Mar 2016 - 8th IMA International Conference on Quantitative Modelling in the Management of Health and Social Care, London - Using Queueing Networks Modelling to Assess the Impact of the OPICP
- Jan 2016 - PyCon Namibia, Windhoek - Simulating Queues with Ciw
- Sept 2015 - Young OR 19, Aston - Queueing Networks for a Healthcare System, Deadlocking & Reinforcement Learning
- July 2015 - EURO 2015, Glasgow - Queueing Networks for a Healthcare System Deadlocking, Reinforcement Learning & Workforce Planning
- Feb 2015 - Python Namibia 2015, Windhoek - Playing with Reinforcement Learning in Python
Software: Python, LaTeX, VBA, Excel, SPSS, Simul8, HTML, CSS, version control with Git and GitHub.
Languages: English (Fluent), Welsh (Fluent).
- Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Teaching Skills Course - Aberystwyth University 2017 (Welsh Medium)
- CHOIR Healthcare Operations Research PhD Summer School - University of Twente 2017
- NATCOR Forecasting & Predictive Analysis - Lancaster University 2016
- NATCOR Convex Optimisation - Edinburgh University 2016
- Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol’s Research Skills Programme - Lampeter University 2015 (Welsh Medium)
- NATCOR Combinatorial Optimisation - Southampton University 2015
- NATCOR Simulation - Loughborough University 2015
- Data Mining - Cardiff University 2015
- NATCOR Stochastic Modelling - Lancaster University 2015
References available on request.