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Fully funded PhD Scholarship in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing: General-Purpose Natural Language Understanding using Deep Learning with Adaptive Sentiment Visualisation

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    Dr Noura Al Moubayed
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Fully funded PhD Scholarship in Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing:
General-Purpose Natural Language Understanding using Deep Learning with Adaptive Sentiment Visualisation

The department of computer science at Durham University is pleased to offer a PhD studentship for a collaborative project with the industry, part funded by European Regional Development Funding, Durham University, and Daykin & Storey.

Daykin & Storey is a digital transformation agency with specialisms in advanced linguistics and AI/machine learning allowing organisations to automate the understanding of unstructured text data. Daykin & Storey provides services to some of the region’s biggest brands such as Nissan, Northumbrian Water, and Tommee Tippee.
The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Computer Science, Durham University - ranked 6th for Computer Science in the UK The Complete University Guide 2019 (Durham University ranked 6th overall and 74th in QS World University Rankings 2019) - and Daykin & Storey offices.

This studentship will start from October 2018 and the successful applicant will receive a fully funded scholarship for three years (subject to satisfactory progression).
The successful candidate will be encouraged to publish their work at major national and international avenues, the candidate can expect their research to have significant impact across industry and academia. The post offers an outstanding opportunity to gain a strong research track record in an exciting and fast-moving area of machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing whilst working in an environment with high levels of internal and external collaboration.

The studentship includes:
- Domestic fees supported by the business for UK and EU students.
- A stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£14,777 (2018)) plus any additional research costs to cover publications/travel expenses…


Project description

The project involves the development of novel deep learning-based solutions to advance natural language understanding in two main areas:
- Adaptive Sentiment Analysis and Visualisation: recent success of sentiment analysis is highly domain specific with little success in general-purpose models. The candidate will research and develop novel solutions to track and classify sentiment from large unstructured textual data. Novel visualisation approaches are required to help demonstrate the dynamic change of the sentiment over time, e.g. track customer satisfaction with the service provided by a chatbot.
- Knowledge Extraction: Based on the industrial partner large annotated dataset, the candidate will research how machine learning models can automatically learn to understand the textual data and demonstrate its knowledge extraction ability in applications such as text summarization and/or answer content-related questions.

Entry Requirements

For entry to the PhD you will be required to have achieved a 2:1 bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, from a recognised university (or equivalent).
EU students would also require a minimum overall IELTS 6.5 score of which no element of less than 6.0 (or equivalent)
Further information can be found at https://www.dur.ac.uk/computer.science/postgraduate/research/

How to apply

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Al Moubayed ([Email Address Removed])
Please apply by submitting the following to [Email Address Removed]:
- Your CV.
- Transcript for your most recent qualification.
- Copy of the certificate of the most recent qualification (if available).
- Two reference letters (if available).

Funding Notes

The studentship includes:
- Domestic fees supported by the business. Please note international students will need to pay the balance of their fees.
- A stipend equivalent to the Research Councils UK National Minimum Doctoral Stipend (£14,777 (2018)) plus any additional research costs to cover publications/travel expenses…

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