[UoM / IISc Joint Award] Deep learning assisted image enhancement and analysis to accelerate energy decarbonisation in the subsurface


   Department of Chemical Engineering

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About the Project

Multi-scale and dynamic imaging techniques have been demonstrated to be one of the powerful tools in subsurface energy storage materials characterisation to understand how geothermal energy, hydrogen, carbon capture and storage, and storage solutions for wind, solar and tidal energy can reduce our carbon emissions. However, the images collected cannot always satisfy the scientific or industrial requirement. Many compromises have to be made between high-resolution to obtain enough details in nano-pores or large sample volume to be representative. This significantly limits the development of storage efficiency in subsurface energy decarbonisation. The machine learning based methods, being developed in this project, will be able to enhance the images’ resolution (e.g. super-resolution), predict the 3D microstructure of rocks from 2D images, accelerate the image processing and increase the precision of image segmentation. All of these will significantly save experimental time and enhance the precision of prediction in the subsurface storage efficiency for renewable energy.

Admissions Qualifications:

1.    Candidates must meet the entry requirement at both institution

IISc leading projects:

a.    Candidates must have successfully completed the required coursework and comprehensive examination within 24 months of enrolment/joining at IISc with a minimum CGPA of 8.0/10;

b.    Candidates must be able to enrol in the Joint PhD Award at IISc from August 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter with no requirement for a (further) visa to study in India.

UoM leading projects:

c.     Hold (or expect to achieve) a First Class or 2:1 UK honours degree (or international equivalent).

d.    Ideally hold a master’s-level qualification at merit or distinction (or international equivalent).

e.    Demonstrable excellent communication skills, including in English language, a proficiency in which should be demonstrably indicated by meeting the requirements as indicated on https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/international/admissions/language-requirements and in particular securing an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each component OR securing a TOEFL iBT score of 90 with no less than 20 in each component equivalent OR equivalent. Project supervisor teams may recommend a candidate who has excellent English language skills but otherwise has not formal certification of such. Please note that a timely demonstrable minimum English language level is a requirement of the UK home office for the issue of student visas to the UK. For some projects an ATAS certificate may also be required by them.

2.    Willingness to travel to the partner institution to undertake 2 years of study if such travel is permitted by UK and India governments

3.    Demonstrable suitability of academic background for the proposed project

4.    Demonstrable skills in team-working and self-organisation

5.    Demonstrable interest and curiosity in the proposed area of research

 Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. We know that diversity strengthens our research community, leading to enhanced research creativity, productivity and quality, and societal and economic impact. We actively encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community, regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation and transgender status.

 We also support applications from those returning from a career break or other roles. We consider offering flexible study arrangements (including part-time: 50%, 60% or 80%, depending on the project/funder).

How to apply:

You will need to submit an online application through our website here: https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/admissions/how-to-apply/ 

When you apply you will be asked to upload the following supporting documents: 

•            Personal Statement/Research Proposal

•            Final Transcript and certificates of all awarded university level qualifications

•            Interim Transcript of any university level qualifications in progress

•            CV

•            English Language certificate

You will need to indicate the title of the project and supervisor when you complete your application, as well as the funding source. For the funding source please reference ‘Joint Award University of IISc Bangalore and Manchester’. For the programme selection please pick the following relevant programme related to research title ‘ PhD Chemical Engineering ’ . Once we have received your application and all supporting documents, it will be forwarded to the academic supervisors for consideration. If you are unable to provide any of the required supporting documents at the time you submit your application, please upload the documents to the applicant portal as soon as you are able to do so.

If you have any questions about the application please email the Admissions team [Email Address Removed]

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Funding Notes

(Joint Award Programme) Funders: The University of Manchester and The Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore)
A minimum of 2 scholarships (all basic level tuition fees, standard living allowances for all 4 years of programme, including 2 years of allowances at UKRI equivalent stipends) are available for suitable candidates to commence on this 4 year programme at UoM in October 2023.
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