[robocup-worldwide] PhD Studentships in Information Processing/Self-Organization in Autonomous Agents and Agent Collectives at the University of Hertfordshire

Daniel Polani d.polani at herts.ac.uk
Sat May 26 19:47:53 EDT 2012


		      PhD Studentships Available on


		   Adaptive Systems Research Group
		      School of Computer Science
		   University of Hertfordshire, UK


PhD studentships are available in the Adaptive Systems Research Group
at the University of Hertfordshire the principles behind information
processing in adaptive, self-organizing agent systems including
discovery and emergence of novel and increasingly complex behaviours.

We use mathematical methods, especially a number of recent techniques
based on Shannon's information theory, to describe, understand or
construct such systems in the context of AI/robotics with special
attention to biological relevance. Questions of interest and possible
research directions include, but are not limited to:

  - information-theoretic approaches towards a mathematically founded
    understanding of information processing and the perception-action
    loop in agents; fundamental quantitative constraints governing the
    interaction between an agent and its environment

  - autonomous discovery and generation of "meaningful" behaviour
    patterns and composite behaviours

  - principled and theoretically grounded pathways towards a
    systematic way to autonomous generation of increasingly complex
    strategies in individual agents and agent collectives

The prospective candidates should have a keen interest in contributing
to a new and highly dynamic research area and a strong background in
Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics or another relevant
computational discipline. In particular, they should demonstrate
excellent programming skills in one or more major computer languages.
A mathematical/numerical background would be desirable, ideally
including probability theory and Machine Learning, data modelling or
neural network techniques. 

The envisaged research will take place in the vibrant and enthusiastic
research environment of the Adaptive Systems Research Group in the
School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire which
offers a large number of specialized and interdisciplinary seminars as
well as general training opportunities. Research in Computer Science
at the University of Hertfordshire has been recognized as excellent by
the latest Research Assessment Exercise, with 55% of the research
submitted being rated as world leading or internationally excellent.

The University of Hertfordshire is located in Hatfield, Hertfordshire
UK which is considered the "northern green belt" of London. Hatfield
is close to London (around 21 minutes by express train to Kings
Cross), has convenient access to Stansted, Luton and Heathrow airports
and is not far from the historic town of St. Albans.

Successful candidates are eligible for a research studentship award
from the University (which includes approximately GBP 13,600 per annum
bursary plus the payment of the standard UK/EU student fees).
Applicants from outside the UK or EU are eligible, but will have to
pay half of the overseas fees out of their bursary. Information about
the current tuition fees can be found at


Contact for informal inquiries on the research topic: Dr. Daniel
Polani (E-mail: d.polani at herts.ac.uk)

Application forms are available from 


and should be returned to 

  Mrs Lorraine Nicholls,
  Research Student Administrator, STRI 
  University of Hertfordshire
  College Lane
  Hatfield AL10 9AB Hertfordshire 
  Tel: 01707 286083,
  Email: l.nicholls at herts.ac.uk.

The shortlisting process will begin on 22. June 2012.

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