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Research Degrees

PhD research student applications are welcomed by the HCI Research Group all year round.  Research students are valued members of our thriving, research-intensive team. We are particularly interested in supervising students' research in any of the broad range of topics listed below. Please note that the topic list is not exhaustive, so feel free to contact a member of HCI with your ideas. 

Some candidate PhD topics that group members are interested in supervising in the future may include, but are not limited to:

  • Digital Financial Services
  • Mobile Money/ Currencies
  • Blockchain/Cryptocurrency Interactions
  • Video Production
  • Family and Domestic Technologies
  • In-vehicle Interactions

See below a list of available PhD projects in Computer Science that includes projects in our area:

Description
Supervisor
Application Deadline
Funding
Mathematical modelling of epistasis in proteins using network analysis and statistical learning
Proteins are biopolymers composed of repetitive units (residues) from a set of 20 amino acids that form complex three-dimensional topologies. Protein topologies/structures undergo conformational chang...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Games for health, life and accessibility
Artificial Intelligence, games, intelligent and interactive applications are becoming more integrated in our everyday lives, as well as becoming important areas of focus within the fields of Creative ...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Exploring the potential of human-like computing applications for education or healthcare
Intelligent ‘human-like’ and emotionally intelligent applications, such as 3D games and mobile phone applications are becoming more common in our everyday lives, and also as an important area of focus...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Developing resilient hospitals through agent-based modelling
Approximate one-fifth of UK confirmed COVID-19 cases and the majority of the infected frontline healthcare workers are associated with healthcare-acquired infections due to contaminated built environm...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Fast implementation of Deep Neural Networks for IoT devices
Deep neural networks (DNNs) have found great success in many computer vision-related tasks. However, most of the existing DNNs require high computation and storage cost. In this project, the student w...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Development of smart android middleware for reducing monetization through cyberattacks
The rapid growth of Internet of Things over the last few years and the working from home culture over the last 12 months as a result of Covid-19 have both contributed to the booming of the cybereconom...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Automating CFD using knowledge-based systems
Typical steady CFD is performed using the Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes equations, however accuracy of the flowfield is strongly dependent on the turbulence model used and can be case dependent. Lar...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
VirtuGrasp: Real-time visual and haptic feedback of grasping movements in virtual reality
The aims of this project are to understand how the brain integrates vision and touch to control hand movements, and to explore haptic control of hand movements using virtual reality technology. The me...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Stimuli and shape recovery forces for 4D printing
4D Printing is a growing field within Additive Manufacturing, where components are able to have controlled and programmed shape-deformation over time when exposed to stimuli. The aim of this PhD is to...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Automatic Privacy Management Based on Dynamic Consent
Within EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), consent constitutes one of the six possible legal grounds for lawfully processing personal data, and it is also the one found most confusing. To co...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Emotionally intelligent artificial conversational agents for higher education or healthcare
Artificial conversational agents, can be embodied (physical robots or digital avatars on a screen) or not embodied (chat-bots or digital assistants). Agents may be able to converse but they can also a...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
AI (Artificial Intelligence) enabled Robotics for autonomous sensing and inspection of utility and sewage pipes.
Traditional manual maintenance of pipelines which requires digging of ground to get access to pipelines is ineffective because of safety issues, high cost and limited human vision. Also, trials and er...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Novel Design, Development and Deployment of Wide Area Monitorong Systems on a Cloud Computing Platform
The PhD student research project will investigate and develop innovative cloud computing approaches to enable a scalable and secure analysis of massive Phasor Measurement Unit data using state of the ...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Benchmarking Machine Learning Algorithms
Machine learning algorithms are employed in a myriad of applications in almost any domain, be it industrial, commercial, scientific or academic. Many techniques have been developed to tackle such a di...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Pulse Shape Analysis for Radiation Detection with Machine Learning
Pulse Shape Analysis is an electrical signal processing method which allows the identification of radiation particles or their interaction properties based on the shape of the electric signal produced...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Novel approaches for complex nonlinear equation systems
In this project, we aim to investigate a novel method that works by transforming a system of equations into a multiobjective optimisation problem (MOO). The method tries to overcome the following issu...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Design human-like machine learning
A study of the publications available via PubMed alone (a database of 26 million references to biomedical publications), shows that only four machine learning models (linear regression, Bayesian reaso...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Brain wave analysis and modelling with graph signal processing
Brain wave analysis and modelling is an increasingly important research area, not least because of its applications in bio-medicine, rehabilitation, and next-generation human-computer interfaces. This...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Development of android middleware for wearable data analytics and recommendations on the go
Wearable technology comes with the promise of improving one’s lifestyles thru data mining of their physiological condition. The potential to generate a change in daily or routine habits thru these dev...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Artificial Intelligence and Additive Manufacturing
The next generation of Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies will utilise the aspect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to enable better design and manufacturability of parts. The aim of this PhD is t...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Virtual Reality for 4D Printing
The next generation of Additive Manufacturing technologies will utilise the combination of different digital media with Computer-Aided Design to represent multi-functional structures. The aim of this ...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Developing Computer Models for 4D Printing / Additive Manufacturing
4D Printing has been recognized to herald the next generation of Additive Manufacturing components that are intelligent to perform a series of controlled and programmed shape-deformation over time whe...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Investigating the value of using emotionally intelligent artificial conversational agents to carry out assessments in higher education or healthcare.
Artificial conversational agents can be embodied (physical robots or digital avatars on a screen) or not embodied (chat-bots or digital assistants). Agents may be able to converse but they can also ap...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Design of Experiments for Network Science
Design of Experiments (DOE) is a research area within statistics that allows scientists to maximise the amount of information derived from an experiment. Developed (significantly by RA Fisher) initial...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Emotion Recognition for Intelligent Human Computer Interaction
Emotion is a complex thing for human beings. It can reflect the mental and cognitive state of the person. Automatic detection of the emotions from facial expression, speech, written text in social med...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Intelligent human-computer interaction: system development and applications
The first generation of Artificial Intelligence (AI) research was rules-based and emulated classical logic to draw reasoned conclusions within a specific, narrowly defined problem domain. It was well ...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Modelling the movements of goods between locations and countries
The aim of this project is to create an agent-based model that mimics the movement of goods between locations and trading individuals in a given country-specific setting. The idea of this model is to ...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Designing interactions with digital money
The PhD will explore how people use and interact with money to explore how digital systems can be designed for more effective and suitable purposes. This topic could cover consumer payment systems, pe...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Identifying Micro-service architectural erosion or inconsistency
Micro services are becoming popular amongst technology providers, transportation industry etc. These not only claim to provide solution to the traditional problems such as agility, saleability, mainta...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Development of machine learning methods to redesign protein dynamics
Protein function is often coupled with conformational changes. This project is aimed at developing machine learning methods to inform protein design. The student will be required to design, develop an...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Machine learning for biometric identification
Biometric identification aims to recognize people's identity through the use of signals or images from which one can extract features that are distinctive to each person. This PhD project will focus o...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Geometric deep learning
Deep learning has had tremendous success in a variety of applications. Nevertheless, many data don’t follow a euclidean underlying structure: for example social networks, sensor networks, types of bra...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Multi-fidelity Modelling of Electronics Cooling
Electronics cooling is critical to the reliable performance of a vast array of todays technologies including datacentres, electric vehicles, avionics, telecommunictions to name only a few. Pertinent t...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Mapping Software Systems based on Domains
This project is based on inter-disciplinary research: on the one hand, it is a Computer Science project, where a good understanding of software programming is needed. On the other hand, it is a Biolog...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Software Architecture Recovery and Consistency of Mobile Applications
Project Summary: Mobile applications are being developed by new platforms such as Android with their own programming languages, e.g., Java version for Android. Currently, mobile applications are small...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Optimisation methods for (deep) neural networks
A machine learning algorithm can be viewed as a mapping between inputs and outputs, with the scope of optimising and tuning the parameters that describe it so that the performance is improved. The los...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Novel machine learning methodologies for human action correction in videos
The goal of this research is to motivate patients with disabilities to get better in a faster, easier and fun way. It will apply artificial intelligence methods to a software that turns traditional ph...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Autonomous 5G Networks
5G Networks are expected to support many use cases ranging from autonomous vehicles, e-health, industry 4.0, entertainment, transport, smart cities etc. which will place a wide range of technical requ...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Deep Learning for Video Compression
This project will firstly examine and analyse deep learning techniques particularly in the context of their applicability to ultra high resolution (4K/8K) image/video compression. The project will loo...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Artificial intelligence technology development for medical applications
In this project, advanced deep learning algorithms will be developed for medical data (e.g. biomedical signals, images, sound, touch, pressure, etc.). The sensors will be studied, signal processing me...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded
Neuromorphic-computing models and its applications
Neuromorphic-computing models are the ones that can simulate human brains architecture and connections. It is composed of large numbers of neurons and nonlinear connections. The developed deep neural ...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Investigating methods and applications of citation context analysis
Traditionally, scientometric/text-mining approaches have treated the content of scientific articles and their citations as distinct units of analysis. The term “citation context” refers to an approach...
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Self Funded

Self Funded
Design Guidelines for Musemedia – multiple sensorial media
Mulsemedia - multiple sensorial media - makes possible the inclusion of layered sensory stimulation and interaction through multiple sensory channels. The recent upsurge in technology and wearables pr...
All year round

Self Funded

Self Funded