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  Dr H Wang, Dr T Kelly  Applications accepted all year round  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Computer Graphics techniques have an expanding range of applications in animations, movies, games, virtual reality, etc. today. Whenever you see photo-realistic scenes in cinemas or beautiful animations on your computer screen, there might be several cutting-edge computer graphics algorithms solving hard optimisation problems behind the scene. Somewhat surprisingly, within computer graphics, there is a subfield focusing on puzzles, such maze generation, disentangling two entwined metal pieces (alpha puzzle), or predicting outcomes from Rube Goldberg machines. Although it is seemingly situated on trivial games, the optimisation algorithms developed to automatically figure out the solutions have much wider implications, such as path planning in robotics, automatic terrain generation in games and virtual reality, design of public space, etc.

The PhD project is unique in that it is not designed for a specific application domain but a class of puzzle problems. The research aims to develop new algorithms and theories about new puzzles or new solutions to existing puzzles. The project is designed to let the PhD student choose the type of puzzles to solve. Candidate topics include automatic maze generation, game level completion (e.g. Super Mario, or Quake), construction in mine-craft or propose your own!

The project is currently accepting PhD applications every year.

Funding Notes

EPSRC DTP and Mathematical Sciences DTP 2022/23 (Computing and Maths)
A highly competitive EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership/Mathematical Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship consisting of the award of fees with a maintenance grant (currently £15,609 for session 2021/22) for 3.5 years.
This opportunity is open to all applicants. All candidates will be placed into the EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership/Mathematical Sciences Doctoral Training Partnership Studentship and selection is based on academic merit.
The UKCISA website will be updated in due course with information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals starting from September/October 2021.

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