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Game Theory; exploring novel reinforcement learning algorithms and/or other techniques from machine learning

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

This project will aim to build on research by exploring novel reinforcement learning algorithms and/or other techniques from machine learning (such as deep learning).

Background
The prisoner’s dilemma continues to be a prime area of research used to understand emergent social behaviour as well as biologic behaviour such as tumour growth. This research project aims to contribute to this study by applying modern research techniques from other fields. For example, recent work within the group has shown the potential for self-recognition mechanisms to evolve using realistic reinforcement learning algorithms.

Project aims and methods
The scope of the project is not limited to the prisoner’s dilemma but will almost certainly make use of a lot of computational expertise. Candidates willing to increase their skills in research software engineering should find this particularly interesting. Furthermore, there is scope to apply analytical game theoretic method to not only understand the potential for training mechanism but find bounds on performance as well as optimise certain micro behaviours.

This work has the potential to impact not only our understanding of social/biological behaviour but also develop novel training methodologies with applications to machine learning and artificial intelligence

Funding Notes

UK Research Council eligibility conditions apply.
Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least three years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education.

References

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the Cardiff University Online Application Service.
http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/mathematics

Applicants should select Doctor of Philosophy (Mathematics) with an entry date of October 2019

In the "Research proposal and Funding" section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.

Please select “No, I am not self-funding my research” when asked whether you are self-funding your research.

Please add “EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD in Mathematics" when asked "Please provide the name of the funding you are applying for".

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview after the closing date

How good is research at Cardiff University in Mathematical Sciences?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 24.05

Research output data provided by the Research Excellence Framework (REF)

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