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Research

Research in Computer Science is carried out in two research groups.


Non-linearity & Complexity Research Group
The NCRG is one of the most influential research groups worldwide in neural networks and pattern processing inference methods. It also runs significant research activities in Biomedical Information Engineering and Signal Processing. The Group has championed a principled approach to the theoretical development of neural network structures and architectures and has also developed significant expertise in the engineering applications of its work.

Computer Science Research Group
The CSRG possesses expertise and resources for research, development, and implementation of knowledge-based software systems. Its members have a variety of interests under the broad headings of knowledge classification and elicitation, encompassing cognitive science, pattern analysis, natural language processing, databases, and the semantic web.

ALICE: The Aston Lab for Intelligent Collectives Engineering

The Aston Lab for Intelligent Collectives Engineering combines expertise in various forms of collective computing systems: multi-agent systems, evolutionary computation, swarm intelligence, self-adaptive, self-organising and self-aware systems. We have a particular focus on how to engineer such collectives to achieve specific desirable properties, such as emergence, robustness, adaptability, scalability and creativity. Our work has been applied to a wide range of applications including sensor networks, swarm robotics, computer generated art, decision support systems and economic modelling.

Nine PhD Studentships    
There are nine three-year PhD studentships available in the Computer Science subject group. Studentships are either research only (details of which can be found here) or combined with a teaching assistant role (details of which can be found here, teaching duties here and a list of taught modules here). Two research only studentships are available, one starting in September 2014 and one in February 2015. Seven research and teaching studentships are available, two to start in July 2014, three in October 2014 and two in March 2015.

Applications for the following projects are invited, although proposals in similar areas will also be considered. PhD project descriptions can be found by clicking on the project title; for further details of the project, please contact the supervisor directly. For further details of teaching responsibilities, please contact Dr Harry Goldingay. There may be some flexibility on the start dates.

  1. Partitioning and Management of Multi-swarm Systems.
    Supervisor: Dr Harry Goldingay.
    Studentship type: Research only.
    Intended start date: October 2014.

  2. Cyber Discourse - Understanding method, Cognitive Principle, Computing Model, and Intelligent Services.
    Supervisor: Professor Hai Zhuge.
    Studentship type: Research only.
    Intended start date: February 2015.

  3. Cyber-Physical Society - Structure, Principle, Method and Application.
    Supervisor: Professor Hai Zhuge.
    Studentship type: Research only.
    Intended start date: February 2015.

  4. An Intelligent Assistant for Programming Coursework Assessment and Feedback.
    Supervisor: Dr Shun Ha Sylvia Wong.
    Studentship type: Research and teaching.
    Intended start date: July 2014   
     
       
  5. Validated computation using polynomial enclosures.
    Supervisor: Dr Michal Konecny.
    Studentship type: Research and teaching.
    Intended start date: July 2014
     
       
  6. Variation Theory and Learning.
    Supervisor: Dr Errol Thompson.
    Studentship type: Research and teaching.
    Intended start date: October 2014.

  7. Heterogeneity and Dynamics in Self-organising Collective Systems.
    Supervisors: Dr Harry Goldingay and Dr Peter Lewis.
    Studentship type: Research only OR research and teaching.
    Intended start date: October 2014 OR March 2015.

  8. Synergies between Evolutionary Computation and Reinforcement Learning.
    Supervsior: Dr Peter Lewis.
    Studentship type: Research and teaching.
    Intended start date: March 2015.

  9. Trust and Reputation in Multi-agent Systems.
    Supervisors: Dr Maria Chli and Dr George Vogiatzis.
    Studentship type: Research and teaching.
    Intended start date: October 2014. 
                 
     
       
  10. Visual Validation of Agent-based Simulations of Traffic Systems.
    Supervisors: Dr Maria Chli and Dr George Vogiatzis.
    Studentship type: Research and teaching.
    Intended start date: October 2014. 
                 
     
       
  11. Genetic Programming.
    Supervisor: Dr Anikó Ekárt and Dr Christopher Buckingham.
    Studentship type: Research and teaching.
    Intended start date: October 2014.             
                 
     
       
  12. Requirements-aware Systems for Self-adaptation under Uncertainty.
    Supervisor: Dr Nelly Bencomo.
    Studentship type: Research and teaching.
    Intended start date:March 2015

Employable Graduates; Exploitable Research