Graduate students available for forecasting projects


Back in 2012 I advocated man-dog love and introduced you to my foster dog Mikey. While an endearing little fellow, Mikey did have a bit of a fabric fetish, so his new family has neither curtains nor tablecloths.

Mikey's fetish was discovered while still in foster, when he tore the skirt off a new sofa, and nearly landed himself in the glue factory -- or an IKEA meatball. (Shockingly, the sofa actually looked much better without the skirt. His interior design sense is fabulous!)

Mikey also has a predilection for leather (as in chewing shoes), collars and harnesses (he chewed through three), and latex bones (as seen here). Not that there is anything wrong with any of that.

Host a Master Student Project in Forecasting

Dr. Sven Crone, Director of the Research Centre for Forecasting at Lancaster University, made this announcement on the Institute of Business Forecasting's LinkedIn discussion group:

Need support in a forecasting project? Develop new forecasting algorithms? Setup a forecasting software system? Audit your current forecasting models or processes?

The Lancaster Centre for Forecasting is offering a range of effective Master student projects in forecasting for logistics & supply chain management, government services, call centres, utilities ... and you can determine the topics!

These projects offer a cost efficient way to carry out work for which a company cannot find the internal analytical resources, to buy in external know-how for a project, or to recruit new team members.

All of our Students are well qualified, and trained in forecasting and analytics. They pursue a degree in Management Science, MSc in Logistics & Supply Chain Management or MSc in Marketing Analytics at the esteemed Lancaster University Management School, a triple-accredited, world-ranked management school, consistently ranked among the UK's top.

Contact us today at to develop a master student project with us!

Sven F. Crone
Director, Research Centre for Forecasting
Assistant Professor in Management Science

More information can be found at:

Meet Sven Crone at Analytics2013 in London

Sven has been a frequent participant (and past-chairman) of the Analytics, M (data mining) series, and F (forecasting) series events. This June 19-20, Sven will be presenting on "Beyond Forecasting: Time Series Data Mining for New Business Applications " at Analytics2013 in London.

Find more information in the Analytics2013 conference video series.



About Author

Mike Gilliland

Product Marketing Manager

Michael Gilliland is a longtime business forecasting practitioner and formerly a Product Marketing Manager for SAS Forecasting. He is on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Forecasters, and is Associate Editor of their practitioner journal Foresight: The International Journal of Applied Forecasting. Mike is author of The Business Forecasting Deal (Wiley, 2010) and former editor of the free e-book Forecasting with SAS: Special Collection (SAS Press, 2020). He is principal editor of Business Forecasting: Practical Problems and Solutions (Wiley, 2015) and Business Forecasting: The Emerging Role of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (Wiley, 2021). In 2017 Mike received the Institute of Business Forecasting's Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2021 his paper "FVA: A Reality Check on Forecasting Practices" was inducted into the Foresight Hall of Fame. Mike initiated The Business Forecasting Deal blog in 2009 to help expose the seamy underbelly of forecasting practice, and to provide practical solutions to its most vexing problems.

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