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Dr Vincent Knight


Mr Vincent Knight Position: Research Associate Email:
Telephone: +44(0)29 2087 5548
Fax: +44(0)29 2087 4199
Extension: 75548
Location: M/1.30

Research Interests

  • Game Theory
  • Queueing Theory and Simulation
  • Healthcare Modelling

My main research interests are in the understanding and design of queueing systems, where individual behaviour is a factor. Recent changes in the UK health system have provided an excellent opportunity for the application of my theoretical developments that merge queueing theory and game theory. Additionally, I also have interests in using simulation taking into account the behaviour of the agents being modelled.

My other research interests lie mainly in healthcare modelling and include:

  • Optimisation of staffing levels in systems with time-variable demand.
  • Location theory problems; aiming to locate healthcare facilities (mobile or fixed).
  • General healthcare problems, with the possibility for strong theoretical approaches.

I have worked closely with healthcare personnel and translated theory in to practice though modeling of different aspects of the healthcare system, such as emergency units, ambulance service and social care.


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Research Group

Operational Research

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Behrend RE and Knight VA (2008):Higher Spin Alternating Sign Matrices. Electron. J. Combin. 14(1), R83, 38pp.

Knight VA, Williams JE and Reynolds I (2010): Modelling Patient Choice in Healthcare Systems: Development and Application of a Discrete Event Simulation with Agent-Based Functionality. (Accepted for publication in the Journal of Simulation).

Harper PR, Knight VA  and Marshall A (2010): Discrete Conditional Phase-type Models Utilising Classification Trees: Application to Modelling Health Service Capacities. (Accepted for publication in the European Journal of Operational Research).

Williams J, Gillard J, Harper PR and Knight VA (2010): Forecasting Welsh Ambulance Demand Using Singular Spectrum Analysis. (Submitted to Journal of the Operational Research Society)

Harper PR, Kleinman ER, Gallagher JE and Knight VA: Cost-effective Workforce Planning: Optimising the Dental Team Skill-mix for England. 2010. (Submitted)

Knight VA, Harper PR and Smith L (2010): Ambulance Allocation for Maximal Survival with Heterogeneous Outcome Measures.(Revision submitted to OMEGA - The International Journal of Management Science).

Knight VA and Harper PR (2010): The Price of Anarchy in Health Care. (Submitted to Operations Research).

Griffiths J, Knight VA, Komenda I (2010): Bed Management in a Critical Care Unit. (Submitted to IMA Journal of Management Mathematics)

Knight VA, Voake C, Williams JE, Griffiths J and Nelson AV (2010): How efficient can an Emergency Unit be? A Perfect World Model. (Submitted to Emergency Medicine Journal).

Knight VA: On a Polytope Containing the Transportation Polytope. (In preparation to submit to the Journal of the Operational Research Society)

Knight VA and Harper PR (2011): Modelling Emergency Medical Services with Phase
Type Distributions. (In preparation to submit to the European Journal of Operational Research)

Knight VA and Gillard J (2011): Using Singular Spectrum Analysis to Obtain Staffing Level Requirements in Healthcare. (Submitted to the European Journal of Operational Research)

Gillard J, Knight VA, Williams J and Wilson R, (2011): Staffing Levels of a Maths Support Centre. (In preperation)

Conference Presentations

Speaker at the Operational Research Society conference:

OR 52 (September 2009)

OR 51 (September 2010)

Speaker at the European Working Group on OR Applied to Health Services (ORAHS) annual conference:

ORAHS 2010 (July 2010)

Postgraduate Students


Robert Shone - Hybrid Game Theory and Queueing System Modelling



BSc – Cardiff University (First Class Honors, 2005)
PhD Thesis – "Alternating Sign Matrices and Polytopes" (2009)

Positions Held

(2009-Present) - LANCS post-doctoral research associate.