Fully-funded PhD Studentship / Scholarship at the University of Birmingham, UK

Project: Experience-based Optimisation


This project aims at improving the efficiency of optimisation processes for problems inspired by industrial application scenarios. The key research issues include the conservation, abstraction and modelling of experience gained from optimising one problem instance and the smart integration of such experience/knowledge in solving related problem instances. In this project, novel algorithms and techniques will be designed that will become more and more effective as they solve more and more problem instances. The key research challenges include: the representation of experience; the mapping/transfer of the problem-solving experience across problem instances; the incorporation of transferred experience into solving the current problem instance at hand.


The PhD studentship is for three-years, covering tuition fees and GBP14,553 per year tax-free living stipends. Additional funding is available for conference travels and research collaborations with industry.

Research Environment

The University of Birmingham has a long tradition of supporting good PhD students in natural computation. Our former PhD students have won prestigious IEEE Computational Intelligence Society Outstanding PhD Dissertation Awards (twice), CPHC/BCS Distinguished Dissertation Award (Runner-up), and highly competitive Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, EPSRC Theoretical Computer Science Postdoctoral Fellowship, etc.

Application Deadline and Expected Starting Date

The PhD studentship is available immediately. This position will remain open until it is filled.

The Candidate

The successful applicant must have at least a 2.1 or above degree in computer science or a closely related field (or a Distinction at the MSc level). We do consider outstanding applicants from mathematics, physics and engineering as long as they have sufficient computer science background. Previous research experience is an advantage, but not essential. Excellence is our top priority. Both EU and overseas applicants are welcome.

How to Apply

Only online applications will be considered. For further details of how to apply, please visit http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-research/ and follow the instructions and links there.

Contact Person for Research Issues

Prof. Xin Yao: x.yao@cs.bham.ac.uk.