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PhD Position in Explainable Artificial Intelligence (with a Focus on Knowledge Representation, Modelling, Optimisation, Computational Intelligence, or Applications in Manufacturing Systems)

   Department of Computer Science

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  Dr Christine Zarges  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Advanced Reasoning research group in the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University is looking for highly qualified students to conduct innovative research in methods of knowledge representation, model generation and refinement, model-based problem solving and advanced computational intelligence techniques for optimisation such as evolutionary algorithms and meta-heuristics.

The rise of important initiatives such as Explainable Artificial Intelligence, has placed increased focus on the accountability and human understanding of such techniques. We are particularly interested in research projects furthering research in this area. For example, in the context of data and knowledge modelling techniques, Granular computing (GrC) is a recent paradigm that is concerned with the processing of complex but interpretable information entities called information granules and has been applied extensively to problems such as data pre-processing and analysis and real-world problems such as human decision support and health informatics. In the context of computational intelligence, recent significant theoretical advances and explainable landscape exploration have shed light on the working principles of various heuristic optimisation techniques to improve their applicability in real-world applications. In the context of engineering, the paradigm of the digital twin, a high-fidelity virtual representation of the physical system and its environment, is pitched to deliver the next generation of manufacturing systems using modern techniques such as computational causal inference and functional imagination.

Members of the Advanced Reasoning research group cover the full breadth of these timely and important developments and offer a diverse set of possible PhD projects in these areas.

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Funding Notes

-       Excellent candidates can be recommended to AberDoc scholarship (, deadline: 14. Jan, 2022), which will cover their tuition fees (up to the UK rate of £4,500 per annum*) and a maintenance allowance of approximately £15,609 per annum* and access to a travel and conference fund (max. £500 per annum*) will also be provided. 

-       Outstanding international candidates can also be recommended to the Departmental Scholarship, which will reduce the international tuition fee to a home fee.

How to Apply

Applications through Aberystwyth’s electronic application process (How to apply: Study With Us, Aberystwyth University), include the following attachments in pdf form:

-        CV

-       Degree certificates and transcripts (if you are still an undergraduate, provide a transcript of results known to date)

-       A statement no longer than 1000 words that outlines your research.

-       Academic references - all scholarship applications require two supporting references to be submitted. Please ensure that your chosen referees are aware of the funding deadline (to be determined), as their references form a vital part of the evaluation process. Please include these with your scholarship application.

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