Title: SCH06: Demand scheduling and emission control in e-fulfilment
Funding: Full time Home/EU fees and a stipend of £15,009 p.a. (terms & conditions)
Application deadline: 7 May 2019
Start date: October 2019
Duration: 3 years (full time)
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Department of Mathematical Sciences (in collaboration with the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering)
Last-mile delivery - the transportation of goods from hub to home - in e-retailing is one of the most costly and highest polluting segments of the supply chain.
This project aims to bringing together revenue management (demand scheduling) and vehicle routing models to minimize emission by means of giving incentives to encourage customers to choose least emission time windows. It will also provide resolutions on the efficient usage of electric fleets in grocery delivery.
The world leading online grocery provider, Ocado, is willing to support this studentship by providing data and possible training opportunities.
The award consists of a full Home/EU fee waiver or equivalent fee discount for overseas students (further fee details), a doctoral stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£15,009 in 2019-20), plus £2,500 training bursary via Proficio funding, which may be used to cover the cost of advanced skills training including conference attendance and travel.
Lead supervisorDepartment of Mathematical Sciences, University of Essex
Xinan has worked in revenue management of online grocery fulfilment for five years. She has published two world-leading articles in this field (published in 2016 and 2017, respectively) which are industrialising with Ocado Technology under a KTP (Dec 2018 – Dec 2020).
Co-supervisorSchool of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, University of Essex
You can apply for this postgraduate research opportunity online.
Please upload your CV, cover letter, personal statement, transcripts of any undergraduate or masters programmes and one reference.
Instruction to applicants
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You can find the terms and conditions of this studentship here (PDF).