Example Possible PhD Projects
We present a list of possible PhD projects.
If you are interested in any of the following ideas then you should contact the relevant member of staff, then after determining a suitable supervisor you should officially apply.
For details of how to apply and other information see our main PhD admissions page.
Select a research area to prune the list below;
|Picture||Staff Member||Research Groups||Projects|
|Dr Rafal Bogacz||My research focuses on computational neuroscience, and in particular on computational models of decision making in the mammalian brain. Specifically, I investigate what computations are performed in the neural circuits during choice processes, and how our decisions are influenced by previously obtained rewards, and other information stored in memory. I would be very happy to advise PhD students working on these questions.|
|No||Dr Tilo Burghardt|
|Dr Andrew Calway|
|Dr Neill Campbell|
|Dr Kirsten Cater||My current research interest is in the area of Experience Design and I am a firm believer in the value of user participation to guide the future of technology and technological experiences. This research is concentrated around two major questions:
I am looking for potential PhD students who preferably have user trial experience yet also have a technical CS background to research in the areas: Spatialised Sound, Locative Gaming, Gesture Recognition, Location Based Services & Interaction with Public Displays
|Mr Andrew Charlesworth|
|Prof David Cliff||I am pretty busy running the LSCITS project (www.lscits.org) but would nevertheless be interested in supervising projects that are relevant to LSCITS, especially the use of market-based control control techniques for decentralized dynamic resource allocation in large-scale networks of IT systems, and/or the use of automated optimization techniques (especially genetic algorithms, or their more statistically rigorous derivatives such as Estimation of Distribution Algorithms) for the automated design or fine-tuning of LSCITS systems.|
|Dr Raphaël Clifford||My work focuses on the design of new algorithms and data structures with particular emphasis on their asymptotic time and space complexity. If you have a strong background in theoretical computer science and discrete maths/probability then I am happy to consider any applications. Particular areas of recent interest in my group are:
|No||Dr David Coyle|
|Prof Nello Cristianini||The web is the natural playground for intelligent systems technology (AI) and we are intrested in deploying state-of-the-art machine learning, pattern analysis, and text processing to various aspects of the next WWW. We are interested in mining news, in analysing speech and images, in modelling users' behaviour, and any other related task. The goal is to create intelligent behaviour in software operating within the web, so that the system is aware of a vast amount of up-to-date information and vast amounts of background knowledge, and uses them in its interaction with its users. Can a computer system _understand_ what is the information that a user needs? Can a computer system _generate_ that information? Every existing aspect of artificial intelligence, and many not-yet-existing aspects, will be needed to answer this.|
|Mr Colin Dalton|
|Dr Dima Damen||Computer Vision, Image Processing, Automatic Surveillance, Object Detection, Video Analysis, Activity Recognition.
Current project ideas can be found here
|Dr Kerstin Eder||Design Verification: Specification, verification and analysis techniques which allow designers to define a design and to verify/explore its behaviour in terms of functional correctness, performance, power consumption and energy efficiency. Techniques include both formal methods and traditional simulation-based approaches. I'm particularly interested in Correct by Construction approaches and Design for Verification.
Verification of non-functional properties: Linking on-chip power consumption to application software, effectively developing methods for power profiling from silicon to software.
Design for Verification in the context of Human Robot Interaction, essentially making sure robots operating in contact with humans are useful (liveness properties) and safe (safety properties).
|Prof Peter Flach|
|Dr Mike Fraser||
I'm interested in research in which you build and prototype devices and evaluate their use by people. I'm currently interested in device designs that incorporate motors, pens and paper, and systems to support working with old and sensitive artefacts such as books, manuscripts and paintings.
|Dr Julian Gough||My research area is Theoretical and Computational Molecular Biology. My PhD projects would be best suited to somebody with education in a biological science or computer science, but if sufficiently talented, any science/mathematics/technical degree. The following project titles are available:
|Dr Steve Gregory|
|Dr Simon Hollis||I am interested in the development of computer architecture, in particular
the design of many-core systems --- chips incorporating tens to hundreds of
Therefore, I would be particularly interested in supervising projects in the areas of:
|Dr Ian Holyer|
|No||Dr Conor Houghton||I am mainly interested in mathematical neuroscience; in particular, in developing mathematical tools for understanding signal propagation and processing in the brain, I am also generally interested in computational neuroscience and in modelling neuronal systems.|
|Dr Tim Kovacs||I'm interested in ways machines can learn without a teacher, so they can do things which I can't, or do them better than I can. Hence I'm interested in reinforcement learning,
evolutionary computation and ways of combining them.
Things I'm interested in (but don't necessarily know much about) include:
|Prof David May|
|Dr Walterio Mayol-Cuevas||I am interested in three related areas:
Please feel free to browse my current and previous research projects here.
|Mr Simon McIntosh-Smith|
|Prof Majid Mirmehdi||I am interested in a wide range of application areas in computer vision, including medical imaging, robotic vision, and some specific aspects of scene understanding, e.g. the recognition of text in the environment.
I usually have topics of interest spanning these aspects of computer vision:
|Dr Elisabeth Oswald||
My primary interest is in applied cryptography and cryptanalysis. Most of my research focuses around aspects of side-channel attacks, in particular power analysis attacks, which are the most researched area in side-channel attacks today. I have worked with a number of students on Bsc, Msc, and PhD level during my time in Austria, and also here in Bristol. I am co-author of the currently only book about power analysis attacks, I have provided training on this subject for various organisations, and I have been involved in running the flagship conference in the field of cryptographic hardware and embedded systems (CHES) in the last two years.
I am interested in working with people whose ambition is to combine theory with practice, who take pleasure in trying out things in practice, and who like to contribute to a small team of experts.
|Dr Dan Page||I am interested mainly in practical aspects of cryptography; roughly speaking this covers implementation of cryptographic primitives (in hardware and/or software) and physical security (side-channel and fault attacks). My previous work has focussed on:
|Prof Dhiraj Pradhan||The primary technological motivation for my research is the current power crisis in embedded systems and soft-error tolerance. Limitations on battery life and ever increasing computational demands on mobile computing result in a dramatic power mismatch in today’s technology. Moreover, system-level soft error has become an increasingly an important issue My research has a direct impact on technology and society. Due to the evolving next generation information processing systems, one of the challenges that we face is how efficient and scalable these highly sophisticated applications and their corresponding systems are and what can be done to optimize them using heterogeneous cores including ASICs; we aim at solving that issue. Also our research seeks to design hetrogeneous and fault tolerant many-core architectures which will allow for the energy efficient exploitation of parallelism.|
|Dr Chris Preist||Projects addressing social or environmental sustainability challenges, including but not limited to; - Agent based simulation for design of environmental policies or strategies - The use of mobile apps and social media to engage communities with environmental or social issues; both design of the intervention and assessment of its effectiveness in the community. - The use of government environmental open data possibly incorporating semantic web technology. - Home heating and energy management systems. - Expert system or collaborative filtering advisors on low carbon lifestyle choices I am strongly motivated by engagement with external companies and NGOs to make projects ‘real world’, and have extensive contacts to make this happen.|
|Dr Oliver Ray|
|No||Dr Tom Scutt|
|Prof Nigel Smart||I am interested in the interplay between theoretical and practical cryptography.
Previous and current PhD projects include:
|Dr Martijn Stam|
|Dr Sriram Subramanian|
|Dr Bogdan Warinschi||I am interested in foundations of security, mainly in proofs of cryptographic systems.
In particular I work on: