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Professor Adam Letchford


Adam Letchford

Lancaster University

The Management School



Research overview

My 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.

I concentrate mainly on methods for solving optimisation problems to proven optimality, rather than heuristic methods.  I have a particular interest in combinatorial optimisation problems, i.e., problems in which variables are restricted to take integer (whole-number) values.

PhD supervision

I am looking for PhD students to work on exact solution algorithms for NP-hard optimisation problems. Candidates need to be comfortable with mathematics. Experience in programming (in, e.g., C, Julia, MatLab or Python) is highly desirable, as is basic knowledge of linear algebra and graph theory.

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My Role

  • Professor of Analytics and Optimisation
  • Research Director, Department of Management Science 
  • Leading the "Foundations" Theme of the Data Science Institute
  • Member of Executive Committee of the STOR-i CDT.

Current Teaching

  • MSCI106: Foundations of Business Analytics

External Roles

  • Member of the REF2021 Mathematical Sciences Subpanel (since 2018)
  • Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College (since 2006)
  • Member of the UKRI Future Leaders Peer Review College (since 2018)
  • Associate Editor of EURO Journal on Computational Optimization (since 2012)
  • Associate Editor of the Open Journal on Mathematical Optimization (since 2018)


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

Other Interests and Hobbies

Cycling; playing piano and bass guitar; philosophy and theology.

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