The PhD Programme in Computer Science
Applications are invited from candidates with good first degrees in computer science, engineering, physics, maths, biology, neuroscience or other relevant disciplines to join projects as research students. Projects are available for PhD students (three years full time, six years part time) and for MSc by Research students (one year full time, two years part time).
Funded PhD projects (expected start date 1 January 2023)
- Application Driven Analysis of Dynamical Systems: Complexity and Regularity
- Collaborative Edge Computing (PDF - 0.14 Mb)
- Computational Systems Biology and Information Theoretic Approaches to Gene
Regulatory Networks, Development, Evolution, and Sustainability
- Explainable AI (XAI) and Interpretable Machine Learning (IML)
- Human-Robot Interactions - Effects of Agency, Autonomy and Embodiment on User Trust
- Human-Robot Teaming – Autonomous Behaviour Adaptation through Mental Modelling in Industrial Contexts
- Identifying the Psychological State of Human Subjects with Machine Learning Algorithms
- Machine Learning for Human-Robot Interaction (PDF - 0.23 Mb)
- Neurocognitive Training via Child-Robot Interaction using EEG-Neurofeedback to
Monitor Children's Concentration towards Improving Academic Engagement (PDF - 0.04 Mb)
- Using Autonomous Agents to Educate Children on Autistic Spectrum Disorder about the Impact of Their Behaviour
Self-funded projects are available in (but not limited to) the following areas
- Alternatives to Statistical Process Control for Automatic Alerts Generation
- Artefact Capture of Online Content for Law Enforcement (PDF - 0.17 Mb)
- Artificial Intelligence in Games (PDF - 0.13 Mb)
- Artificial Intelligence in Table Tennis (PDF - 0.07 Mb)
- A Wearable for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum with Tactile Sensitivity
- Classical and Quantum Based Security, Networks and Distributed Systems (www.josephspring.co.uk)
- Cloud Computing and Big Data (PDF - 0.09 Mb)
- Cognitive Radio Network Technology (PDF - 0.02 Mb)
- Computational Frameworks for High-dimensional Neural Data (PDF - 0.1 Mb)
- Computational Genomics (PDF - 0.07 Mb)
- Computational Neuroscience (http://biocomputation.herts.ac.uk/)
- Concurrency Engineering of Multi-core Applications (PDF - 0.13 Mb)
- Cyber Security and Privacy in Smart Environments (PDF - 0.13 Mb)
- Effect of Extracellular Volume on Energy Balance of Neurons (PDF - 0.08 Mb)
- Embedded Systems and Real-time Computing (PDF - 0.17 Mb)
- Embodied Emotion, Cognition, and (Inter-)Action in Autonomous and Social Robots (www.emotion-modeling.info)
- Evolution of Gene Regulatory Information (PDF - 0.03 Mb)
- High Speed Networks (PDF - 0.19 Mb)
- Human Factors in Software Engineering (PDF - 0.52 Mb)
- Information, Complex Systems and the Organization of Cognition: Principled Approaches Towards Artificial Life, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (PDF - 0.05 Mb)
- Intelligent Intruder Detection Systems (PDF - 0.15 Mb)
- Machine Learning, Decision Making and Stochastic Control (PDF - 0.03 Mb)
- Modelling Cerebellar Tremor as Feedback Instability (PDF - 0.06 Mb)
- Network Models, Multimodal Deep Learning, and Complex Systems (www.manalhelal.com)
- Neural Models for Personalised Rehabilitation (PDF - 0.09 Mb)
- Neuromorphic Olfaction (www.biomachinelearning.net)
- Passive UHF RFID Technology for Reliable Perception in Real World Social Robotics Applications (PDF - 0.09 Mb)
- Quantum Cyber Security (PDF - 0.18 Mb)
- Robotic Language Acquisition and Dialogue Systems (PDF - 0.13 Mb)
- Safe and Reliable Programming for Distributed Applications and Cloud Computing (PDF - 0.14 Mb)
- Safe Interactions Between Humans and Autonomous Vehicles (PDF - 0.05 Mb)
- Social Credibility of Interactive Robots (PDF - 0.03 Mb)
- Social Robotics and Robotic Companions (PDF - 0.09 Mb)
- Smart Adaptive Extrusion Technology for 3D Printing (PDF - 0.11 Mb)
- Text Mining for Social Networks (PDF - 0.03 Mb)
- Virtual and Augmented Reality for Education and Training (PDF - 0.15 Mb)
We recommend that you discuss your proposed research with a member of academic staff at the University of Hertfordshire before submitting your application. Please name this staff member when submitting your application. Applications for projects that are not listed above should include an outline research proposal.
Find out more about our current research in Computer Science at the University and links to individual staff web pages.
A limited number of studentships are available for exceptional candidates in particular areas (£17,668 per annum bursary plus the payment of the student fees). Applicants from inside and outside the UK are eligible.
Research in Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognised as excellent in REF 2021, with 90% of the research submitted and all of the research impact rated as internationally excellent or world leading.
The University of Hertfordshire provides a very stimulating environment, offering a large number of specialised and interdisciplinary seminars as well as general training and researcher development opportunities. The University is situated in Hatfield, in the green belt just north of London.
How to apply
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Applications should also include two references and transcripts of previous academic degrees. We accept applications for self-funded places throughout the year.
The next short-listing process for studentship applications will begin on 1 October 2022.