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High-level search methodologies for problem solving in industrial applications

   College of Science & Engineering

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  Dr John Drake, Prof Edmund Burke  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Optimisation problems often explore a search space which is too large to enumerate and exhaustively search for an optimal solution. Various heuristics and metaheuristics have been applied successfully to problems of this nature. One drawback of such approaches is the necessity to manually adapt the method used to solve different problem domains or classes of problem. Hyper-heuristics are a class of high-level search techniques which aim to raise the level of generality at which search methods operate. The last decade or so has seen sustained research effort devoted to developing hyper-heuristic methods, much of which is a result of pioneering work done by researchers at Leicester. This project will apply hyper-heuristic methods to real-world combinatorial optimisation problems in collaboration with industrial partners at BT (British Telecom), reducing the time required to develop such methods and the burden on the human involved in the development cycle.

Entry requirements:

Applicants are required to hold/or expect to obtain a UK Bachelor Degree 2:1 or better in a relevant subject or overseas equivalent.

The University of Leicester English language requirements apply where applicable.


How to Apply:

To apply please refer to the application advice and use the online application link at:

With your application, please include:

  • CV
  • Personal statement explaining your interest in the project, your experience and why we should consider you
  • Degree Certificates and Transcripts of study already completed and if possible transcript to date of study currently being undertaken
  • Evidence of English language proficiency if applicable
  • In the reference section please enter the contact details of your two academic referees in the boxes provided or upload letters of reference if already available.

In the funding section, please specify that you wish to be considered for CSE-Drake

In the proposal section please provide the name of the supervisors and project title

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Funding Notes

The studentship will offer 3.5 years funding providing:
• Stipend at UKRI rates (for 2021 this is currently £15,609)
• Tuition fees at UK rates* (for 2021 this is currently £4,500)
*Applicants not eligible for UK fee rates can apply but will need to pay the difference between UK and Overseas fee rates.
As a guide the difference in UK and Overseas fees for 2021 is £16,325 but this may be slightly higher for 2022/3 entry.
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