Responsible Decentralised AI and Big Data Analytics

   Faculty of Engineering & Digital Technologies

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

The increasing adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies that could impact humanity raises increasing concerns from general public, industry and regulatory bodies. Issues of trust and transparency in automated decision support are still to be measured and validated for fairness and effectiveness of advantageous technological progress.

The University of Bradford’s Artificial Intelligence Research Group explores solutions to characterise, evaluate and test responsible AI, building on our current expertise in machine learning, explainable AI, federated learning, decentralised data and model governance and their applications. The Trust, Reputation, and Transparency measures will encompass Explainability, Efficiency and Ethics among other concepts. The project also explores their validation through a number of case studies. These will help understanding and developing decentralised AI systems for the benefit of users’ wellbeing and wider communities.

Research students joining our dynamic and motivated research team receive training and contribute to multidisciplinary research on computational models and analytics with applications in Responsible AI.

As a PhD student you will work part of the AIRe team: PhD and taught students and interns, postdoctoral researchers, academic staff. You will have the opportunity to present your work at conferences and research events; publish contributions in scientific journals; participate in academic and industry activities. The University of Bradford is offering a comprehensive doctoral training programme.

Computer Science (8) Mathematics (25)

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded PhD project; applicants will be expected to pay their own fees or have a suitable source of third-party funding. UK students may be able to apply for a Doctoral Loan from Student Finance for financial support.


L Parisi, D Neagu, R Ma, F Campean (2021) QReLU and m-QReLU: Two novel quantum activation functions to aid medical diagnostics, arXiv preprint arXiv:2010.08031, Expert Systems with Applications (in print), Elsevier
A Csenki, D Neagu, D Torgunov, N Micic (2020) Proximity curves for potential-based clustering, Journal of Classification 37 (3), 671-695, Springer
Mona Alkhattabi, Daniel Neagu, Andrea Cullen: Assessing information quality of e-learning systems: a web mining approach, Computers in Human Behavior, Elsevier, Volume 27, Issue 2, 2011, Pages 862-873, ISSN 0747-5632,
Mircea Gh. Negoita, Daniel Neagu, Vasile Palade (2005) Computational Intelligence: Engineering of Hybrid Systems, Springer Science
Haruna Isah, Paul Trundle, Daniel Neagu: Social media analysis for product safety using text mining and sentiment analysis, 2014 14th UK Workshop on Computational Intelligence (UKCI), 1-7, DOI: 10.1109/UKCI.2014.6930158

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