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PhD in Computing Science - human-centric development of ethical artificial intelligence (AI)

   College of Science and Engineering

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About the Project

We are seeking a PhD candidate in human-centric development of ethical artificial intelligence (AI), co-funded by the University of Glasgow and Fujitsu Limited.

The topic of the PhD research will be at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and AI. The research will focus on developing human-centric methods, techniques and interfaces for integrating ethics into the AI development lifecycle to ensure the autonomy of marginalised users and the fairness of AI algorithms. We envision that this work will entail designing and building human-in-the-loop prototype systems and empirical studies of these prototypes in AI development processes. It aligns with other projects currently conducted at University of Glasgow into responsible AI.

The ideal candidate for this PhD will have an interest in human-in-the-loop machine learning for ethical and responsible AI development. You will have a background in machine learning or data science but also be familiar with HCI principles and approaches. Alternatively, you might have a background in HCI but have strong programming abilities and some experience with machine learning. You will bring a keen interest to explore fairness across stakeholders and particularly how to ensure fairness for marginalised groups. Studies might focus on areas such financial services, healthcare, or the judicial system.

You will work with Simone Stumpf ( as your main supervisor who is based in the School of Computing Science. University of Glasgow is top in Scotland for research impact (REF 2021), and typically ranks in the top 10 for Computer Science in the UK (Times Good University Guide 2022). The GIST section ( is a vibrant research community to create and use novel, interactive systems to better understand, entertain, protect and support humans in their everyday lives. You will also collaborate with Fujitsu Ltd, the leading Japanese information and communication technology company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Summer internships at Fujitsu Research of Europe based in Slough are also part of the collaboration.

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Funding Notes

Funding is available to cover home tuition fees for UK/EU/INT’L applicants for 3.5 years, as well as paying a stipend at the Research Council rate (£16,062 for Session 2022-23). Travel and subsistence funding is also available (£2,000 per annum). We welcome applications by International students who will receive a full studentship, to include stipend, travel and subsistence, and fees at the Home level only. The difference in Home and International fee rates will need to be covered by the student.
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