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Research degrees

PhD research student applications are welcomed by the IDA Research Group.  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 above. Please note that the topic list is not exhaustive, so feel free to contact a member of IDA with your ideas. 

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

  • Data Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Medical Informatics
  • Environmental Informatics
  • Heuristic Search
  • Evolutionary Computation

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

Automatic computational fluid-dynamics
Computational fluid-dynamics (CFD) is undergoing a revolution from steady to high-fidelity unsteady methods.  A key time limitation to running CFD is in setting up a case to be run and processing data...
Self Funded
Large Language Models (LLM) for Automated Finite Element Analysis
This is a Self-Funded project - please only apply if you have funding to undertake this project Large Language Models such as Chat GPT3 represent a significant development in artificial intelligence ...
Self Funded
Machine learning for natural language modelling and processing
Text and language processing is of great importance in many applications where an intelligent system is required to understand language and respond to queries. The PhD project will use machine learnin...
Self Funded
Use of Large Language Models (LLM) as a Structural Engineering Design Assistant
This is a self-funded project - please only apply if you have funding to undertake this project Large Language Models such as Chat GPT3 represent a significant development in artificial intelligence ...
Self Funded
Additive manufacturing and sustainability
The Additive Manufacturing and 4D Printing Research group conducts research on novel use of materials, design guidelines and the societal impact of using 3D Printing. This is a self-funded topic and t...
Self Funded
Machine learning for sustainable transportation systems
This is an interdisciplinary position at the intersection of artificial intelligence, deep learning, and transportation systems. The research student will work on research projects focused on developi...
Self Funded
CFD modelling of plasma flow control
Active flow control can be utilised to modify fluid flow in advantageous ways without performance penalties of passive flow control.  For example, to delay boundary layer separation, or alter noise ge...
Self Funded
Can AI based robot car win the race
A modern Formula 1 race is a breathtaking display of engineering precision. Yet the popularity of the sport arguably has less to do with the performance of the cars than with the skill and daring disp...
Self Funded
Cultivating virtual embodiment using non-invasive brain stimulation
Virtual embodiment (VE) sense of embodiment is the feeling of one’s own body in relation to its environment. It is related to a sense of self and is considered as the starting point of having self-ide...
Self Funded
Autonomous robots for non-disruptive inspection of utility and sewage systems
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. Thus, serious fault...
Self Funded

Fully-funded studentships

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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