[Elsnet-list] Studentships for PhD study in Informatics@Edinburgh

Don Sannella dts at inf.ed.ac.uk
Sun Dec 18 17:49:55 CET 2005

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 12300 pounds to cover living expenses in your first year,
rising in second and third years. The rest pay your fees and/or a
contribution of 6150 pounds per year 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 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 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 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 
   Machine Learning

   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
   Controlling Open Multiagent Systems
   Argumentation-Based Ontology Conflict Resolution
   Social Algorithms
   Political Coordination Mechanisms
   A Simple Agent Programming Language
   Rational Strategies in Trust and Reputation Mechanisms
   Human/Robotic Task Achieving Team

   ICCS: Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems 
   Concurrency in (Computational) Linguistics
   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
   Automatic Generation of Image Descriptions
   Robust Construction of Semantics
   Learning Semantic Representations of Languages which Lack Online Resources
   The Semantics and Pragmatics of Free Adjuncts and Absolutes
   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
   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
   Compilers that Learn to Optimise
   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
   Learning Latent Model Representations of Sensorimotor Contingencies
   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
   Data Cleaning
   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
   PEPA Nets: Modelling Mobile Systems
   Epidemiological Modelling with Stochastic Process Algebra
   Performance Modelling with Process Algebras
   Computational Models for Systems Biology
   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:

   phd-admissions at inf.ed.ac.uk

or 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.

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