What's it like to do a PhD in Machine Learning?
Traditionally, Machine Learning is divided into different subfields. You'll have the option of choosing from popular fields of study such as Computer Vision and Language Processing.
Some popular Machine Learning subfields are:
You can opt for a PhD in Computer Vision if you're interested in developing computer systems that can analyse and interpret digital images and video. You'll likely be asked to research methods to improve object classification, image registration, object tracking, and object recognition.
If you're interested in a PhD in Language Processing, you'll be looking at ways to improve the way computers interpret, process, and generate language. You'll be researching methods and techniques to process, store, and search large text collections. You may also be asked to research methods to improve natural language processing.
Machine Learning also has application in other fields such as finance, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail. However, the above are the most popular areas of research.
A PhD in Machine Learning will require you to come up with a research proposal to be defended in an oral exam during your viva. Your research will involve experimentation and observation that may culminate in a publishable paper at the end of your project.