# Dr Vincent Knight

Senior Lecturer

- Email:
- knightva@cardiff.ac.uk
- Telephone:
- +44 (0)29 2087 5548
- Location:
- M/1.30, 1st Floor, Mathematics Institute, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff, CF24 4AG

- Media commentator

My main research interests lie in the fields of Game Theory, Queueing Theory and Pedagogy. I am a keen member of the Python software community and help run the School's code club.

I am a fellow of the sustainable software institute and acting director of engagement for the School.

For more information on my research please see my personal website.

You can follow me on twitter: @drvinceknight and I blog about mathematicaly related things here.

### Qualifications

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

### Positions held

- 2011-Present - LANCS Lecturer in Operational Research
- 2009-2011 - LANCS post-doctoral research associate in Operational Research

### Honours and awards

- Rising Star Award, Cardiff University, 2014

### Professional memberships

- OR society General council
- OR in schools task force
- PyCon UK Organising committee

### Academic positions

- 2009-2011 - LANCS post-doctoral research associate in Operational Research

### Speaking engagements

You can see a full list of my talks (with content) at this page.

### 2019

- Morgan, J.et al. 2019. Determining patient outcomes from patient letters: A comparison of text analysis approaches. Journal of the Operational Research Society (10.1080/01605682.2018.1506559)
- Palmer, G. I.et al. 2019. Ciw: An open-source discrete event simulation library. Journal of Simulation 13(1), pp. 68-82. (10.1080/17477778.2018.1473909)

### 2018

- Glynatsi, N. E., Knight, V. and Lee, T. E. 2018. An evolutionary game theoretic model of rhino horn devaluation. Ecological Modelling 389, pp. 33-40. (10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.10.003)
- Knight, V. and Campbell, J. 2018. Nashpy: A Python library for the computation of Nash equilibria. Journal of Open Source Software 3(30), article number: 904. (10.21105/joss.00904)
- Palmer, G. I., Harper, P. R. and Knight, V. A. 2018. Modelling deadlock in open restricted queueing networks. European Journal of Operational Research 266(2), pp. 609-621. (10.1016/j.ejor.2017.10.039)
- Fetta, A.et al. 2018. Predicting adolescent social networks to stop smoking in secondary schools. European Journal of Operational Research 265(1), pp. 263-276. (10.1016/j.ejor.2017.07.039)

### 2017

- Harper, M.et al. 2017. Reinforcement learning produces dominant strategies for the Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma. Plos One 12(12), article number: e0188046. (10.1371/journal.pone.0188046)
- Knight, V. A., Komenda, I. and Griffiths, J. D. 2017. Measuring the price of anarchy in critical care unit interactions. Journal of the Operational Research Society 68(6), pp. 630-642. (10.1057/s41274-016-0100-8)
- Arzpayma, P.et al. 2017. Creation and assessment of a computerized modelling tool for optimizing planning of home and hospital-based phototherapy. British Journal of Dermatology 176(5), pp. 1390-1391. (10.1111/bjd.14994)

### 2016

- Knight, V. A.et al. 2016. An open framework for the reproducible study of the iterated prisoner's dilemma. Journal of Open Research Software 4(1), article number: e35. (10.5334/jors.125)
- Vile, J. L.et al. 2016. A queueing theoretic approach to set staffing levels in time-dependent dual-class service systems. Decision Sciences 48(4), pp. 766-794. (10.1111/deci.12236)
- Vile, J. L.et al. 2016. Time-dependent stochastic methods for managing and scheduling Emergency Medical Services. Operations Research for Health Care 8, pp. 42-52. (10.1016/j.orhc.2015.07.002)
- Gillard, J. W.et al. 2016. Rostering staff at a mathematics support service using a finite-source queueing model. IMA Journal of Management Mathematics 27(2), pp. 201-209. (10.1093/imaman/dpu017)

### 2015

- Shone, R. W.et al. 2015. Containment of socially optimal policies in multiple-facility Markovian queueing systems. Journal of the Operational Research Society 67, pp. 629-643. (10.1057/jors.2015.98)
- Putman, K.et al. 2015. Modelling of psoriasis patient flows for the reconfiguration of secondary care services and treatments. Health Systems (10.1057/hs.2015.4)
- Williams, J.et al. 2015. Mathematical modelling of patient flows to predict critical care capacity required following the merger of two district general hospitals into one. Anaesthesia 70(1), pp. 32-40. (10.1111/anae.12839)

### 2014

- Burnap, P.et al. 2014. Tweeting the terror: modelling the social media reaction to the Woolwich terrorist attack. Social Network Analysis and Mining 4, pp. 206. (10.1007/s13278-014-0206-4)
- Gillard, J. W. and Knight, V. A. 2014. Using singular spectrum analysis to obtain staffing level requirements in emergency units. Journal of the Operational Research Society 65(5), pp. 735-746. (10.1057/jors.2013.41)

### 2013

- Knight, V. A. and Harper, P. R. 2013. Selfish routing in public services. European Journal of Operational Research 230(1), pp. 122-132. (10.1016/j.ejor.2013.04.003)
- Vile, J.et al. 2013. Integrating demand forecasting and workforce planning strategies for emergency medical services. Presented at: Operational Research Applied to Health Services (ORAHS), Istanbul, Turkey, July 2013.
- Shone, R. W., Knight, V. A. and Williams, J. E. 2013. Comparisons between observable and unobservable M/M/1 queues with respect to optimal customer behavior. European Journal of Operational Research 227(1), pp. 133-141. (10.1016/j.ejor.2012.12.016)
- Griffiths, J. D., Knight, V. A. and Komenda, I. 2013. Bed management in a critical care unit. IMA Journal of Management Mathematics 24(2), pp. 137-153. (10.1093/imaman/dpr028)
- Mustafee, N.et al. 2013. Cost-effective workforce planning: optimising the dental team skill-mix for England. Journal of Enterprise Information Management 26(1/2), pp. 91-108. (10.1108/17410391311289569)

### 2012

- Knight, V. A., Harper, P. R. and Smith, L. 2012. Ambulance allocation for maximal survival with heterogeneous outcome measures. OMEGA -The International Journal of Management Science. 40(6), pp. 918-926. (10.1016/j.omega.2012.02.003)
- Harper, P. R., Knight, V. A. and Marshall, A. H. 2012. Discrete conditional phase-type models utilising classification trees: application to modelling health service capacities. European Journal of Operational Research 219(3), pp. 522-530. (10.1016/j.ejor.2011.10.035)
- Knight, V. A., Williams, J. E. and Reynolds, I. T. 2012. Modelling patient choice in healthcare systems: development and application of a discrete event simulation with agent-based functionality. Journal of Simulation 6(2), pp. 92-102. (10.1057/jos.2011.21)
- Fetta, A. G.et al. 2012. On the Peter Principle: An agent based investigation into the consequential effects of social networks and behavioural factors. Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications 391(9), pp. 2898-2910. (10.1016/j.physa.2011.12.053)
- Knight, V. A. and Harper, P. R. 2012. Modelling emergency medical services with phase-type distributions. Health Systems 1(1), pp. 58-68. (10.1057/hs.2012.1)
- Bareš, R.et al. 2012. Simulating bed capacity: evaluating the impact of healthcare service transfers. Presented at: 14th International Conference on Modelling and Simulation, Cambridge, UK, 28-30 March 201214th International Conference on Modelling and Simulation. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE pp. 358-362., (10.1109/UKSim.2012.59)
- Knight, V. A.et al. 2012. How efficient can an emergency unit be? A perfect world model. Emergency Medicine Journal (10.1136/emermed-2011-200101)
- Vile, J. L.et al. 2012. Predicting ambulance demand using singular spectrum analysis. Journal of the Operational Research Society 63, pp. 1556-1565. (10.1057/jors.2011.160)

### 2011

- Harper, P. R.et al. 2011. Operational research informing national health policy.. Cardiff University.

### 2010

- Vile, J. L.et al. 2010. Forecasting Welsh ambulance demand using singular spectrum analysis. Presented at: 36th International ORAHS conference, Genova, Italy, 18-23 July 2010 Presented at Testi, A. ed.Operations Research for Patient-Centered Health Care Delivery: Proceedings of the XXXVI International ORAHS Conference. Economia Vol. 5. Milan: Franco Angeli pp. 196-208.

### 2009

- Knight, V. A. 2009. Alternating sign matrices and polytopes. PhD Thesis, Cardiff University.

### 2007

- Behrend, R. E. and Knight, V. A. 2007. Higher spin alternating sign matrices. Electronic Journal of Combinatorics 14(1), article number: R83.

I teach the following modules:

- MA1003 Computing For Mathematics
- MA1003 Computing For Mathematics (Continued)
- MA3600 Operational Research II
- MAT001 OR Methods
- MAT008 SAS Programming

### Current PhD students

- Geraint Palmer

### Research interests

My main research interests lie in the fields of:

- Game Theory
- Queueing Theory
- Healthcare Modelling