Spatially adaptive tiling
The Joint Cetacean Protocol (JCP; http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5657) is an ambitious modelling project that involves spatially adaptive smoothing of marine mammal geo-referenced data on a large spatial and temporal scale (approximately 1 million km2 over about 30 years). Due to computational considerations, current smoothing methods (with targeted flexibility) require the modelling effort to be spread out over the entire spatial area which is likely to be sub-optimal for many locations – more flexibility is likely required in some areas. This PhD project will involve the development of a new ‘tiling’ method to handle large smoothing problems such as these, which permits spatially adaptive pieces of the surface to be individually considered and then sensibly aggregated to return a fitted surface. This project will also involve the treatment of auto-correlated data since data sets of this kind consist of data which are more similar for points close together in time and space (compared with distant points).
Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Postgraduate Officer responsible for PhDs in Statistics, in advance of making a formal application. He is: Len Thomas, email [email protected]
To make a formal application, complete the appropriate online form at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/admissions/pg/apply/research/ (click on “Apply Now” on that page). You also need to provide the following supporting documentation: CV, evidence of qualifications and evidence of English language (if applicable). You are welcome to include a covering letter. You don’t need to provide a research proposal or a sample of academic written work. You will need to ask two referees to provide academic references for you – once you fill in their name on the form, they will be sent emails asking them to upload their references. Please note that we give serious consideration to both the stature of your referees and the remarks that they make about you. More details about the application procedure are given at http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/admissions/pg/apply/research/
Multiple sources of scholarship funding are potentially available, including university, research council (EPSRC) and research group (CREEM). Some are open to international students, some to EU and some UK only.
Applicants should have a good first degree in mathematics, statistics or another scientific discipline with a substantial numerical component. Applicants with degrees in other subjects, such as biology, are invited to discuss their qualifications with the Postgraduate Officer. A masters-level degree is an advantage.
Many details of the general requirements and admissions procedure are given at the university web site http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/admissions/pg/apply/research/