Studentships for PhD study in Informatics@Edinburgh

Studentships for PhD study in the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh ---------------------------
FIFTY research studentships are available for:
* UK students * EU students * students worldwide
Many of these are full studentships, paying your tuition fees and a stipend of 12600 pounds to cover living expenses in your first year, rising in second and third years. The rest pay your fees and/or a contribution towards living expenses. Payment of fees for non-EU students is subject to successful competition for an Overseas Research Student award. PhD students are encouraged to make contributions to teaching, for example by leading tutorial groups, and for this you can expect to earn an additional 500-1000 pounds per year.
Informatics ----------- Informatics is the study of information and computation, in both natural and engineered systems. It comprises a vast range of scientific and engineering endeavour and has enormous economic and social impact.
Edinburgh University's School of Informatics brings together the former Departments of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science and Computer Science, together with the Artificial Intelligence Applications Institute. The School possesses a combination of breadth and strength unparallelled elsewhere in the UK and competitive world-wide; as an intellectual endeavour it is strikingly original.
The School is the only university grouping in the UK to have achieved the top 5*A rating in Computer Science in the UK government's 2001 Research Assessment Exercise round, and it is the UK's biggest research group in this area. We currently have around 250 students studying for PhD, and around 130 for MSc.
PhD study --------- PhD study is carried out within one of our six research Institutes:
ANC: Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation CISA: Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications ICCS: Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems ICSA: Institute for Computing Systems Architecture IPAB: Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour LFCS: Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science
ANC fosters the study of adaptive processes in both artificial and biological systems; two themes are the study of artificial learning systems and the analysis and modelling of brain processes. CISA undertakes basic and applied research and development in knowledge representation and reasoning. Through its applications institute AIAI, it works with others to deploy the technologies associated with this research. ICCS pursues basic research into the nature of communication among humans and between humans and machines, using text, speech and graphics, and the design of interactive dialogue systems, using computational and algorithmic approaches.
ICSA seeks development of a better understanding of systems components, both hardware and software, and their integration and interaction; this involves not only improving their raw performance and cost-effectiveness, but also making them more connectable and interoperable, more reliable, more usable and more applicable. The interests of IPAB are how to link computational perception, representation, transformation and generation processes to external worlds---whether real or virtual. The mission of LFCS is to achieve a foundational understanding of problems and issues arising in computation and communication through the development of appropriate and applicable formal models and mathematical theories.
Projects -------- A very wide range of research topics is available for PhD study. Here is an (incomplete!) list of project areas; see
for some information on each of these.
ANC: Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation -------------------------------------------------- Bioinformatics Machine Learning Neuroinformatics
CISA: Centre for Intelligent Systems and their Applications ----------------------------------------------------------- A Proof Management Tool Automating Diagrammatic Reasoning Improving Support for Mathematics in Mechanical Theorem Provers Multi-Agent Coordination in Open Environments Game-Theoretic Analysis of Multiagent Communication Argumentation-Based Ontology Conflict Resolution Social Algorithms Political Coordination Mechanisms A Simple Agent Programming Language Intelligent Agents in Service-Oriented Architectures Human/Robotic Task Achieving Team
ICCS: Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems ----------------------------------------------------------- Concurrency in (Computational) Linguistics Lexicalized Reasoning Building Models of the Past Statistical Methods in Dialogue System Design and Adaptation Machine Learning for Complex Structures Eyetracking Corpora as Experimental Data Probabilistic Models of Human Parsing Integrating Linguistic and Visual Processing Dynamic Bayesian Networks for Speech Recognition Probabilistic Approaches to Natural Language Generation Probabilistic Models of Text-to-text Generation Robust Construction of Semantics Projecting Logical Forms in Parallel Corpora Deep and Robust Semantic Interpretation A Grammar of Situated Language Statistical Machine Translation for Biomedical Domains Microphone-Array Based Speech Recognition Language Models for Multiparty Conversations Hidden Speech Production Models Multimodal Information Access Head Motion Synthesis for Lifelike Conversational Agents Multi-Unit Acoustic Models for Speech Recognition Induction of Wide-Coverage Categorial Lexicon from Large Amounts of Unlabeled Text Use of Intonation in Spoken Language Generation for Human-Machine Dialogue Temporal Semantics Grammar-Driven Language Models Automated Musical Analysis The Statistical Semantic Web Extracting and Using Alternatives in Question Answering Projecting Discourse Annotation from Parallel Corpora
ICSA: Institute for Computing Systems Architecture -------------------------------------------------- Speculative Parallelisation for Multiprocessors Cellular Multiprocessors Skeletal Parallel Programming Noise-Tolerant Asynchronous Circuits Data-Dependent Processing for Energy-Aware Systems Top-down Testability for Self-Timed Circuits Micro-architectural Solutions for Fault-Tolerance Delay Fault Testing of Self-Timed Circuits Dynamic Spectrum Access in Heterogeneous Wireless Network Environments Cross-layer and Coding Techniques for Reliable and Efficient Wireless Networking Low-cost, Robust Networking and Applications for Developing Regions Auto-Parallelisation Compilers that Learn to Optimise Processor Design Reconfigurable Caches Searching the Embedded Program Optimisation Space Automated Synthesis of Architectures and Compilers Energy and Area Modelling for Architecture Synthesis Microarchitecture Synthesis for Embedded Architectures Low-Power Multi-Threaded Architectures Reconfigurable Data-Parallel Structures for Embedded Computation
IPAB: Institute of Perception, Action and Behaviour --------------------------------------------------- Behaviour Composition in Video Sequence Analysis Temporal 3D Model Recovery and Representation Insect Robotics
LFCS: Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science ---------------------------------------------------- Engineering Electronic Proof Independence-Friendly Temporal Logic Questions on Modal mu-Calculi Archiving of Scientific Data Integrity Constraints for XML and Beyond Keys for XML Provenance in Databases Information Preserving Schema Mapping Vectorizing XML Randomized Algorithms for Transportation Polytopes Complexity of Approximate Counting Algorithmic Verification of Recursive Probabilistic Systems Schema-Directed XML Publishing A Security Model for XML XML Query Languages Data Cleaning Schema Matching, Mapping and Embedding Partial Evaluation and Distributed Query Processing PEPA Nets: Modelling Mobile Systems Performance Modelling with Process Algebras Computational Models for Systems Biology Combining Model Checking and Theorem Proving Data Exchange Databases and Verification A Logic of Computational Effects Algebraic and Logical Foundations of Formal Software Development Proof Carrying Code for the Grid Security for Mobile Devices Topological Models of Computation Constructive Set Theories and their Applications Proof Theory for Programs and Processes Type Systems for Computational Effects Mathematical Models for Concurrent and Mobile Computation Modalities for Name Generation: Logic, Proof and the Meaning of New "Bad Smells" in Code Combinations and Abstractions of Formal Games Decision Procedures for Higher-Order Grammars Links: Web Programming, Faster, Better, Cheaper
Further information ------------------- Information about graduate study, the School of Informatics, the University as a whole and the city of Edinburgh is available from: / /
You can email queries to our Graduate Secretary at:
and queries about the research topics above to individual members of teaching staff. Application forms are available from:
Your application form should be returned by mid-March. Earlier applications have access to a wider range of sources of financial aid. Applications for an Overseas Research Student award must be completed by mid-February at the latest. Chinese applicants who are interested in funding from the China Scholarship Council should apply by 19th January at the latest.
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