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Adam Letchford

The Management School

Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4YX

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 594719

Location: A71a

Research overview

Professor Letchford's research is in optimisation, i.e., finding the best solution to problems that have a huge (possibly infinite) number of solutions.  Optimisation is an inter-disciplinary subject, lying at the interface between Operational Research, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics and Engineering.

Professor Letchford concentrates mainly on methods for solving optimisation problems to proven optimality, rather than heuristic methods.  He also has a particular interest in combinatorial optimisation problems, i.e., problems in which variables are restricted to take integer (whole-number) values.


Professor Letchford is recognised internationally for his work on optimisation.  He has published over 50 papers in highly-ranked journals, and more than 10 chapters in edited books, many of which were co-authored with prominent overseas researchers.  He has been on the editorial boards of 6 journals: Computational Optimization and Applications, Discrete OptimizationEURO Journal of Computational Optimization, Mathematical Programming, Mathematical Programming Computation and Operations Research. He has given over 40 presentations at international conferences, including 5 plenaries, and over 30 invited seminars in Europe and the US. He has also been on the programme committees of 10 international conferences.

In 2006, he became the recipient of a prestigious IBM Faculty Award. In the same year, he was awarded a 5-year EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship.  In 2009, he became a Fellow of the Operational Research Society.  In 2013, he was the principal organiser of a 4-week residential programme on optimisation that took place at the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge.  He directed the optimisation cluster of the LANCS Initiative from 2008 to 2013, and is currently directing NATCOR, the national taught course centre in Operational Research.

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  • BA (Hons) Linguistics & Psychology, Nottingham, 1989
  • MSc Operational Research, Lancaster, 1993
  • PhD Management Science, Lancaster, 1997

My Role



  • Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for Management Science
  • Director of the BBA in European Management
  • Chair of the Management Science Research Steering Committee

External Roles

Current Teaching

  • MSCI103: Introduction to Operational Research (for students on BSc in Business Analytics)
  • MSCI104: Introduction to Operational Research (for other BSc students)
  • MSCI502: Introduction to Operational Research (for students on MSc in OR / MS)
  • MSCI534: Optimisation and Heuristics (for students on MSc in OR etc.)
  • MSCI535: Optimisation (for students on MSc Quantitative Finance)
  • MSCI536: Optimisation (for students on STOR-i MRes)

Career Details

  • 1989-1991: Research Assistant, University of Nottingham
  • 1997: Honarary Lecturer, Lancaster University
  • 1998-1999: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Lancaster University
  • 2000-2005: Lecturer in Operational Research, Lancaster University
  • 2005-2007: Reader in Operational Research, Lancaster University
  • 2007-date: Professor in Optimisation, Lancaster University

Thesis Title

Polyhedral Approaches to Some Constrained Arc Routing Problems

PhDs Examined

Balázs Kotnyek (2002) A Generalization of Totally Unimodular and Network Matrices. London School of Economics.

Jakub Marecek (2011) Exploiting Structure in Integer Programs.  School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham.

Peter Dickinson (2013) The copositive cone, the completely positive cone and their generalisations. Johann Bernoulli Institute, University of Groningen.

Other Interests and Hobbies

Cycling; playing piano, bass guitar, flute and saxophone; theology.

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