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  (A*STAR Split-site) Multi-modal and Discourse guided Scientific Text Generation


   Department of Computer Science

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  Dr Jiaoyan Chen, Dr Xiaoli Li  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

While the field of natural language generation (NLG) has developed significantly in the last decade, most

efforts have largely considered automatic text generation as a trivial one-shot process, which is exemplified by current mainstream end-to-end deep learning architectures used for NLG. However, from a cognitive science perspective, this assumption certainly does not hold. Human writing is a complex, cyclic, and multi-step process, which requires highly strategic discourse planning in order to achieve a communicative goal, especially in the scientific domain. Furthermore, existing pre-trained language models are still markedly limited concerning context-aware multi-modal reasoning, as demonstrated in their ineffectiveness in generating descriptions for scientific figures and tables. Therefore, the primary goal of this project is to develop a multi-modal and discourse-guided framework for scientific text generation, with an aim to address the limitations inherent in existing methodologies.

 Eligibility

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2.1 honours degree or a master’s in a relevant science or engineering related discipline.

Funding

Scholarships are available for suitable candidates to commence on this 4-year programme in October 2024 including:

·        Tuition fees

·        Annual stipend at the minimum UKRI rate (2023/24 rate £18,622) to the students when in Manchester (for a maximum of 2 years) and when in A*STAR (two years) equivalent to S$2,700/month.

·        Flight allowance for students travelling to Singapore (£1,000) paid by University of Manchester.

·        One return airfare to/from Singapore (S$1,500) paid by A*STAR

·        Medical insurance and settling-in allowance (S$1,000) paid by A*STAR

·        An annual Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) towards project running costs/consumables (up to £5,000 pa) provided to all students when in Manchester.

·        Supervisor travel allowance up to £6,000 for two airfare/accommodation visits to Singapore. 

Before you apply

We strongly recommend that you contact the supervisor(s) for this project before you apply.

How to apply

To be considered for this project you’ll need complete a formal application through our online application portal.

When applying, you’ll need to specify the full name of this project, the name of your supervisor, how you’re planning on funding your research, details of your previous study, and names and contact details of two referees.

Your application will not be processed without all of the required documents submitted at the time of application, and we cannot accept responsibility for late or missed deadlines. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions about making an application, please contact our admissions team by emailing

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Equality, diversity and inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and are at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact.

 We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

 We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder).

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Funding Notes

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