PhD studentship in Modelling methodology for knowledge mining to generate management insight

Reference: NM01959

Closing date: 31 January 2014

Computer models of organisations provide ‘virtual environments’ for studying their behaviour and developing management insight. A computer model is a simplification and codification of a mental model of how an organisation works. Thus the number of variables that could be imagined and included in such a model is enormous. More systematic analysis methods, supported by suitable tools and visualisations, will help to generate justifiable management insight from simulation modelling. This project will develop such methods, tools, and visualisations.

The project will draw organisation models of BT, that are being developed in a related research project. The overall objective of these projects is to help BT understand how to design and manage their processes, policies, and interactions to be effective, efficient, etc. in the face of uncertainty and change. The student will be expected to liaise regularly with BT, to place their work in this context with and contribute to this objective.

The project is expected to result in new methodologies to support simulation modelling, and a toolbox that may include experiment design methods, visualisation techniques, design space exploration techniques, etc. that will be implemented in the Cambridge Advanced Modeller platform.

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For UK applicants, the studentship will cover full universities fees, the EPSRC student stipend (currently £13,726 tax free) with an additional payment provided by the industrial sponsors, in line with the conditions of a CASE award. (eligibility rules are available at:

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Due to funding restrictions candidates from Overseas are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

Applications should be made via the University of Cambridge Graduate Admissions Office which can be accessed by clicking the Apply link below. Initial informal enquiries about this post should be addressed to Professor John Clarkson (email:,

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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