Scholarship details

Funding Body:

University of Sydney

Title:

Inferring information network structure from dynamics

Research Areas:

Sciences & Engineering

Type

Postgraduate Research

Description:

Often in complex systems science we are faced with a system for which we have a multivariate time-series of measurements (e.g. brain recordings), but we do not know the underlying network structure between the variables which produced this data. There are several recently proposed methods for inferring an underlying information network from such time-series data (e.g. using transfer entropy), yet many of the features of these techniques remain unclear. This project will explore the strengths and weakness of these techniques, aiming to establish their range of applicability. It will also seek to enhance these algorithms by incorporating findings on the relationship between network structure and dynamics that will be established in the wider research project the PhD student is embedded in. The PhD project will involve software development on algorithms and numerical analysis on model data as well as brain imaging data sets.

The PhD student will be supervised by Dr. Joseph Lizier and Prof. Mikhail Prokopenko, joining Dr. Lizier’s ARC DECRA fellowship project “Relating function of complex networks to structure using information theory” within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies at the University of Sydney. The project has strong connections with the Research Cluster on Complex Systems: http://Sydney.edu.au/engineering/research/complexsystems/

 

Eligibility:

The Scholarship is open to all students who have a unconditional offer for full-time admission into a PhD program by the Scholarship application closing date within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies for Research Period 2, 2017 (March commencement), or a commencement date otherwise approved by the Supervisor. Applicants must have obtained First Class Honours in their engineering or science undergraduate program which included an independent research project.

A background in applied mathematics, physics, computer science, and specifically in information theory and complex systems will be beneficial. An applicant must also have excellent written and oral communication skills.

To apply applicants must submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter of 300 words explaining their interest in complex systems, networks and information theory and demonstrated ability to program in C++, Java or MATLAB. 

The research supervisors will award the Scholarship on the basis of an applicant’s academic record, area of research, communication skills, cover letter addressing interest in complex systems, networks and information theory and their demonstrated ability to program in C++, Java or MATLAB.   

 

Amount awarded:

The Scholarship will provide a stipend (living allowance) equivalent to the current year APA rate ($26,288.00 p.a. in 2016). Funding is for a period of 3 years with a possible 6 month extension subject to satisfactory academic performance. An additional top-up allowance of up to $5000 p.a. may be awarded to exceptional candidates. No other amount is payable.

This Scholarship will also cover course fees but all other fees and costs are to be covered by the recipient.

In the event an international student receives an alternative scholarship that also covers a stipend and fees from the University of Sydney, this Scholarship will be terminated in its current form.  If terminated for this reason, a top-up allowance and travel funding may be provided in addition to the alternative scholarship. 

 

Application guide:

Further information on the area of research can be obtained from Dr, Joseph Lizier in the School of Civil Engineering at: joseph.lizier@sydney.edu.au.

Applications must be sent directly to: scholarship.applications@sydney.edu.au. Please state the Scholarship title in the subject field and your name. Applications must include a copy of the applicant’s curriculum vitae and cover letter of 300 words explaining their interest in complex systems, networks and information theory and demonstrated ability to program in C++, Java or MATLAB. The Faculty Scholarships Officer will obtain each applicant’s academic transcripts and offer letter. 

 

Closing date:

02 December 2016

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