A PhD graduate from the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Dr Mohsen Mesgarpour was runner up for the Operational Research (OR) Society PhD Prize, for the "Most Distinguished Body of Research leading to the Award of a Doctorate in the field of OR".
Dr Mesgarpour completed his PhD in 2017 with a dissertation called "Predictive Risk Modelling of Hospital Emergency Readmission, and Temporal Comorbidity Index Modelling Using Machine Learning Methods," under the supervision of Professor Thierry Chaussalet, Director of the Health and Social Care Modelling Group (HSCMG) and Dr Salma Chahed (HSCMG).
Dr Mesgarpour commented: "I am honoured and grateful to be selected as the runner-up of the Operational Research Society’s Doctoral Award for 2017. I would like to share this acknowledgement with my PhD Supervisors Professor Thierry Chaussalet and Dr Salma Chahed, my doctoral committee and colleagues at the University of Westminster for their continued guidance, support and inspiration. Finally, I would like to thank the OR Society for consideration and the Health and Social Care Modelling Research Group at the University of Westminster for funding the PhD research study."
Professor Thierry Chaussalet, Director of Studies added: “Mohsen was extremely hard working and achieved a lot during his PhD studies. It is great to see that this is recognised by the Operational Research Society, the professional body for the operational research and analytics community in the UK.
“Mohsen is now our third PhD student to be runner-up for this prize, following Dr Asaduzzaman in 2010 and Dr Adeyemi in 2009. This confirms the strength of health OR and Analytics at the University of Westminster.”
The HSCMG has extensive research experience in the development and application of intelligent data mining, operational research and decision support techniques in health and social care, and has attracted funding exceeding £1,5M from research councils, government departments, and the private sector.