UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


PhD student Michael Doherty offered a Placement Award at The Alan Turing Institute

11 June 2024

PhD student Michael Doherty secures a place on the prestigious 2024 Enrichment scheme in London.

Headshot of PhD student Michael Doherty

The scheme provides an excellent opportunity for students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at a UK university to enhance their research experience. Participants in the scheme can build valuable connections with The Alan Turing Institute and actively engage with its diverse community of researchers. While continuing their doctorate under the supervision of their current university advisor, students gain access to new methodologies, foster new collaborations, and develop greater research independence.

My research at the Turing will extend my current work on optimising the operation of fibre optic networks, to focus on how we can reduce carbon emissions from this vital digital infrastructure while maintaining quality of service and maximising data throughput. By working with collaborators in industry and academia, I hope to develop simulations and train machine learning models that can improve decision-making for network operations."

The Placement Award provides candidates with the opportunity to undertake a 6- or 9-month placement at The Alan Turing Institute offices, nearby to UCL.

I’m delighted to have secured a spot on the Alan Turing Institute’s PhD Enrichment Scheme 2024. It gives me the chance to attend the Turing’s offices for 9 months, to meet and learn from some of the most talented people working in ML/AI. I’ll be located at the British Library, so I can keep in contact with my UCL colleagues nearby while taking advantage of all that the Turing has to offer. In addition to the opportunities for in-person networking, I’ll have access to some funds to further my research and pursue collaboration.”

Many congratulations to Michael for securing this valuable opportunity. ​​​​​


The Alan Turing Institute Enrichment Scheme
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