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Department of Computer Science


Machine Learning for Vision and Language Understanding

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Funding

  • Competition Funded Project (Students Worldwide)

This research project is one of a number of projects at this institution. It is in competition for funding with one or more of these projects. Usually the project which receives the best applicant will be awarded the funding. Applications for this project are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full department and project details for further information.

Project description

This project invites PhD candidates who are interested in the fields of machine learning, pattern recognition and artificial intelligence. The broad aim will be to develop advanced mathematical modelling and large-scale optimisation techniques, to simulate human intelligence for solving complex tasks, such as matching, recognition, relation extraction, or text/image understanding. The developed techniques will be simulated on real-world tasks, such as generating text description of image/video content, question answering, image understanding, language interpretation, etc.

We will consider applicants who have:
*Very strong interest in the above research fields.
*An excellent undergraduate degree in Computer Science or Mathematics (or related discipline), and preferably, a relevant M.Sc. degree.
*Very good experience with computer programming of mathematical models and algorithms (in Matlab, R or Python, or other platforms).
*Excellent report writing and presentation skills.
*Good ability to communicate with fellow students and colleagues.

Please, note that applicants must additionally satisfy the standard requirements for postgraduate studies at the University of Manchester, such as a first-class or high upper-second class (or an equivalent international qualification) and English language qualifications, as stated in the PGR guidelines.

Qualified applicants are strongly encouraged to informally contact the supervising academic Dr. Tingting Mu (tingting.mu@manchester.ac.uk) to discuss the application and possible research titles prior to applying.

Person specification

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Essential

Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You must be capable of performing at a very high level.
  • You must have a self-driven interest in uncovering and solving unknown problems and be able to work hard and creatively without constant supervision.

Desirable

Applicants will be required to evidence the following skills and qualifications.

  • You will possess determination (which is often more important than qualifications) although you'll need a good amount of both.
  • You will have good time management.

General

Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • Discuss your final year Undergraduate project work - and if appropriate your MSc project work.
  • How well does your previous study prepare you for undertaking Postgraduate Research?
  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?