Studentships for PhD study in Informatics_at_Edinburgh

From: Don Sannella <>
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 17:34:05 +0000
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Studentships for PhD study in
the School of Informatics at
the University of Edinburgh

FORTY 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 12000 pounds to cover living expenses in your first year, rising in second and third years. The rest pay your fees and a contribution of 6000 pounds per year towards living expenses. Payment of fees for non-EU students is subject to successful competition for an Overseas Research Studentship. 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.

These studentships are funded from a variety of sources. New this year are five full studentships in the Schools of Informatics and Engineering & Electronics funded by Wolfson Microelectronics plc. Also new are Principal's Scholarships; these are prestigious prizes awarded to a few of the most promising new PhD students each year, which provide an extra 2000 pounds per year for living costs on top of any other funding that is offered.


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.

The 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 215 students studying for PhD, and around 150 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.


A very wide range of research projects 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

    Flytrap: Building a Volumetric Map of the Fly Brain     Flies in Space
    Exploration and Visualisation of Complex Data on Demand     Development of Disparity and Spatial Frequency Preference in Visual Cortex     Understanding Species Differences in Visual Maps

    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     The Role of Communication in Multiagent Reinforcement Learning     A Computational Model of Lying
    Controlling Open Multiagent Systems
    Argumentation-Based Ontology Conflict Resolution     Human/Robotic Task Achieving Team

    ICCS: Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems

    Probabilistic Models of Human Parsing     Integrating Linguistic and Visual Processing     Dynamic Bayesian Networks for Speech Recognition     Probabilistic Approaches to Natural Language Generation     Translation of Text to British Sign Language     Robust Construction of Semantics
    Robust Semantic Interpretation
    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
    Projecting Discourse Annotation from Parallel Corpora     Answering Comparison Questions: What's the Difference?

    ICSA: Institute for Computing Systems Architecture

    Skeletal Parallel Programming
    Automatic Test Pattern Generation and Scan Insertion for Asynchronous Circuits     Noise-Tolerant Asynchronous Circuits     Data-Dependent Processing for Energy-Aware Systems     Combining Model Checking and Theorem Proving     Automated Synthesis of Architectures and Compilers     Energy and Area Modelling for Architecture Synthesis     Low-Power Multi-Threaded Architectures     Reconfigurable Data-Parallel Structures for Embedded Computation

    LFCS: Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science

    Engineering Electronic Proof
    Independence-Friendly Temporal Logic     Questions on Modal mu-Calculi
    Concurrency in (Computational) Linguistics     Archiving of Scientific Data
    Integrity Constraints for XML and Beyond     Keys for XML
    Provenance in Databases
    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
    Service-Oriented Computing for the Overlay Computer     PEPA Nets: Modelling Mobile Systems
    Performance Modelling with Process Algebras     Computational Models for Systems Biology     A Logic of Computational Effects
    Proof Carrying Code for the Grid
    Security for Mobile Devices
    Algebraic and Logical Foundations of Formal Software Development     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     Designing Services in Service-Oriented Architecture     Combinations and Abstractions of Formal Games     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:

or to individual members of teaching staff. Application forms are available from:

The application form should be returned before the end of March or earlier if possible. Applications for an Overseas Research Studentship must be completed by the beginning of February. Received on Mon Dec 20 2004 - 18:34:05 CET

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