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Department of Computer Science

Automatic Experimental Design with Human in the Loop

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  • Directly Funded Project (UK Students Only)

This research project has funding attached. It is only available to UK citizens or those who have been resident in the UK for a period of 3 years or more. Some projects, which are funded by charities or by the universities themselves may have more stringent restrictions.

Project description

Applications are invited for a fully funded (tuition fees plus stipend) studentship related to Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowship: Human-AI Research Teams - Steering AI in Experimental Design and Decision-Making

The goal is to generalize Bayesian automatic experimental design to multi-agent models consisting of an AI assistant and the human user, resulting in the AI assistant being able to decide its next actions. Tentative solutions involve developing fast probabilistic surrogates for existing simulator-type models and experimental design with approximate inference. The student will work alongside a team of researchers, supervised by a machine learning expert, and will have access to exciting application opportunities in both companies and academia.

Further information cab be found at:

Applications can be made via the standard process although we recommend checking your suitability before applying.

Informal enquiries regarding this topic and future projects can be directed to Professor Samuel Kaski (
Initial Deadline : 3rd September 2021
Start Date: October 2022

Person specification

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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.


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

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


Applicants will be required to address the following.

  • Comment on your transcript/predicted degree marks, outlining both strong and weak points.
  • 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?
  • Why do you believe you are suitable for doing Postgraduate Research?