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Computational Law

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  • Full or part time
    Dr A Wyner
    Dr W Vasconcelos
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Individuals, companies, and government organisations are governed by laws. Laws appear in legislation, regulations, and case law; advisors and lawyers work with clients to understand the laws, see that they comply, or resolve non-compliance. While it has generally been the case that there has been no computational analysis or implementation of laws, this has recently and dramatically changed. There are now many areas of the legal analysis that are open to computational techniques such as representation and reasoning with regulations in natural language, extraction of laws from legislation or regulations, compliance management tools, ontological representations, formal legal argumentation, social simulation, amongst others. The area looks to grow rapidly in the near future.

The PhD project will contribute to research on computational analysis of norms. A subtopic suitable to the student’s interests, skills, and ambitions will be selected. The research will address challenges within the subtopic and the methodology to address them. The results of the research ought to have broad application and impact.

The outcome of the project will be evaluated in terms of both performance and quality with comparisons to state-of-the-art systems.

During the project, student will also be supervised on the methodology of scientific research, experimenting, writing, presenting, team-working.

The successful applicant should have, or expect to have, an Honours Degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Computer Science. It is essential for student to have solid knowledge about one of the following disciplines of modern computer science and artificial intelligence: discrete mathematics, computational linguistics, knowledge-based systems, machine learning. It is important for the student to have basic understanding of modern database systems and distributed systems. The student should have good programming skills.

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project, it is for self-funded students only.


Application Process:

Formal applications can be completed online: You should apply for PhD in Computing Science, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct College for processing. Please ensure that you quote the project title and supervisor on the application form.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr A Wyner ([email protected]) with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit ([email protected]).

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