This section provides details of specific funding opportunities currently on offer within the Department.
Random fields models
There is a growing interest in spatial-statistical models and computer-aided approaches to data analysis for various problems in oceanography. As data capture systems become ever-more cheaper and versatile this trend is set to increase. However, in addition to the myriad noise sources that pollute the observed processes, the complexity, variability and uncertainty of the environment and potential objects of interest present major challenges to current statistical methodology in this, and associated, problem domains.
This project will consider new random field models and inferential statistics to underpin some key data analysis tasks such as enhancement, detection, prediction and segmentation. Candidates with an interest in one or more of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: spatial models, random fields, time series, statistical/machine learning, computer vision, and image analysis. Informal enquiries to Dr James Nelson (j.nelson AT ucl.ac.uk) are welcomed.
The award is tenable for 36 months and covers tuition fees plus a stipend of £15,726 per annum (based on the standard UK Research Council rate with London weighting). This studentship may only be awarded to applicants liable to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (i.e. it cannot be used to part-cover overseas tuition fees).
The start date is flexible, between November 2013 and September 2014, although an early starting date is preferred.
Spatial models, statistical machine learning, and cognitive vision for histopathological data
Applications are invited for a PhD funding opportunity offered jointly by the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, UCL and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. The studentship will commence in April 2014 and is based both at A*STAR and the UCL Department of Statistical Science.
The studentship will be 3.5 years in duration, with year 1 spent at UCL, years 2 and 3 at A*STAR and a final writing-up period of 6 months at UCL. The award covers tuition fees plus a maintenance stipend (£15,726 pro rata in years 1 and 4; during years 2 and 3 the student will receive a full stipend direct from A*STAR).
This studentship may only be awarded to applicants liable to pay tuition fees at the UK/EU rate (i.e. it cannot be used to part-cover overseas tuition fees).
Classification of Unbalanced Data (Imbalance Learning)
In practice we often need to classify data into two groups of extremely unbalanced sizes. This project will consider statistical techniques, such as feature selection, model selection, dimension reduction and ensemble methods, to develop a framework for robust, accurate and fast classification of class-unbalanced data. The first year of this project will involve working on data provided by Samsung.
Candidates with an interest in one or more of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply: statistics, pattern recognition, machine learning and data mining. Informal enquiries to Dr Jinghao Xue (jinghao.xue AT ucl.ac.uk) are welcomed.
The award is tenable for 36 months and covers tuition fees (up to the overseas rate) plus a stipend of £15,726 per annum (based on the standard UK Research Council rate with London weighting).
The start date is flexible, between January and April 2014, although an early starting date is preferred.
There are also a number of relevant schemes funded from elsewhere within UCL.
UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS) and Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS) aim to attract high-quality students to undertake research at UCL. Up to 17 GRS and approximately 40 ORS are available annually to prospective and current UCL research students.
Applicants will be considered for a GRS, and overseas fee payers will also be considered for an ORS . You only need to complete one application form to be considered for both of these funding schemes, provided you fulfil the relevant eligibility criteria.
Since a combined selection panel will consider ranked applications forwarded by all UCL departments, competition is stiff.
The China Scholarship Council (CSC) offers maintenance funding for postgraduate research students from China studying in the UK. The Department of Statistical Science may support a limited number of CSC applications from academically talented students by providing a scholarship that covers their PhD tuition fees.
In order to be eligible for the scheme, prospective students should apply for admission to the MPhil/PhD Statistical Science no later than mid-January and indicate clearly on the application form that the CSC is a potential source of funding. Applicants would then be informed by the end of February whether or not they will be considered for the tuition scholarship. This will provide enough time for them to complete the CSC scholarship online application form with the confirmation that they are to receive the tuition scholarship if awarded the CSC support.
The UK Centre for Financial Computing offers a number of 3 and 4 year PhD Scholarships, jointly funded by UCL and leading companies in the financial and business sectors.
Students interested in pursuing topics in financial computing,
which include a strong overlap with areas of statistics, can be nominated by the Department of Statistical Science (subject to eligibity).
Interested students should register with the Centre and also apply for admission to the MPhil/PhD Statistical Science, indicating clearly that the UKCFC is a potential source of funding.
The Centre for Mathematics and Physics in the Life Sciences and Experimental Biology (CoMPLEX) at UCL offers 3 and 4 year scholarships to students interested in multidisciplinary research degrees in the medical and life sciences, which may have a strong overlap with areas of statistics.
Interested students should apply directly to the Centre. It may be advantageous to discuss research topics with staff members in the Department of Statistical Science so that they may be identified as potential supervisors at the time of application.
The Security Science Doctoral Research Training Centre (SECReT) at UCL offers 4 year PhD scholarships to students interested in multidisciplinary security- or crime-related research degrees, which may have a strong overlap with areas of statistics.
Interested students should apply directly for admission to the Department of Security and Crime Science. It may be advantageous to discuss research topics with staff members in the Department of Statistical Science so that they may be identified as potential supervisors at the time of application.
The UCL Impact Awards fund PhD students for up to four years in partnership with organisations such as private companies, charities, and government institutes. In exceptional cases, UCL units may also serve as funding partners. Although typically a potential supervisor applies for such an award, it may be advantageous to have an admitted MPhil/PhD student already identified as the beneficiary.
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