10 PhD places in new Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

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10 PhD places in new Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)


  10 PhD places in new Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Science

  Web site: http://datascience.inf.ed.ac.uk/

  Application deadline: 27 January 2014 (first round)


The Edinburgh Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Data Science is

now inviting applications for 10 fully-funded PhD studentships, to

start in September 2014. Students with a strong background in computer

science, mathematics, physics, or engineering are particularly

encouraged to apply.

The CDT focuses on the computational principles, methods, and systems

for extracting knowledge from data. Large data sets are now generated

by almost every activity in science, society, and commerce - ranging

from molecular biology to social media, from sustainable energy to

health care. Data science asks: How can we efficiently find patterns

in these vast streams of data?  Many research areas have tackled parts

of this problem: machine learning focuses on finding patterns and

making predictions from data; databases are needed for efficiently

accessing data and ensuring its quality; ideas from algorithms are

required to build systems that scale to big data streams; and separate

research areas have grown around different types of unstructured data

such as text, images, sensor data, video, and speech.  Recently, these

distinct disciplines have begun to converge into a single field called

data science.

The CDT is a 4-year programme: the first year provides Masters level

training in the core areas of data science, along with a significant

project. In years 2-4 students will carry out PhD research in Data

Science, guided by PhD supervisors from within the centre. The CDT is

funded by EPSRC and the University of Edinburgh.

Edinburgh has a large, world-class research community in data science

to support the work of the CDT student cohort.  The city of Edinburgh

has often been voted the 'best place to live in Britain', and has many

exciting cultural and student activities.

Because of constraints from funding agencies, there are different

rules for funding depending on your fee status:

    * UK and EU students: Full funding (fees and stipend) is available.

    * Non-EU students: Funding is significantly more competitive; see


      for details.

See http://datascience.inf.ed.ac.uk/apply/ for further information and

application forms. Enquiries via [email protected] .

There are two deadlines for applications:

  * First round deadline for full consideration. Apply by 27 January

    2014. (Any non-EU candidates must apply by this date, as well as

    following the specific instructions for non-EU residents.)

  * Second round: Any remaining scholarships will be awarded in a

    second round of applications. The deadline for the second round is

    31 March 2014.



Peter Richtarik

Assistant Professor of Optimization

6317 James Clerk Maxwell Building

School of Mathematics

University of Edinburgh

0131 650 5049 (office)


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