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PhD topics for research students

Find below a list of currently available self-funded PhD topics.

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Climate resilience of interdependent transport and energy infrastructure informed by emerging digital technologies
The performance of transport and energy infrastructure is continuously challenged by multiple natural hazards, exacerbated by climate change. The frequency and intensity of disasters including flash f...
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The role of meiotic telomeres in successful gametogenesis
Our telomeres shorten with age. Epidemiological studies suggested that telomere length has an inverted correlation with fertility. In fact, telomere shortening or dysfunction causes meiotic defects, b...
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Behaviour of stainless steel reinforced concrete structures in fire
Premature deterioration and failure of concrete buildings and infrastructure due to corrosion of the reinforcement is a severe challenge facing the structural engineering community from a technical pe...
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Power system optimisation under intermittent energy sources
The project will address optimisation of power distribution under intermittent energy sources (such as wind power) with unpredictable output. The intermittency and unpredictability of renewable energy...
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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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The Development of an Artificial Heart
Background: Heart failure is defined as the inability of the heart to pump and circulate blood around the body to provide nutrients to the various organs. Heart failure is therefore catastrophic if no...
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Microwave assisted local heating for biomedical applications
Many biomedical applications require DNA amplifications and isothermal amplification is a technique used to address these requirements. Currently many research groups around the world are looking into...
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Pattern Reconfigurable Antennas for future wireless communication systems
Wireless communication systems expanding at a very high rate with high capacity requirements. Social media applications and life style choices have resulted in very high data rates. Frequency re-use t...
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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...
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Comparative studies and benchmarking machine learning algorithms
Machine learning algorithms are employed in a myriad of applications in almost any domain, being it industrial, commercial, scientific or academic. Many techniques have been developed to tackle such a...
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