Studentships for PhD study in Informatics_at_Edinburgh
Date: Mon, 20 Dec 2004 17:34:05 +0000
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 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
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
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
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