Scholarship details

Funding Body:

University of Sydney

Title:

Describing network and information processing co-development

Research Areas:

Sciences & Engineering

Type

Postgraduate Research

Description:

In many biological processes (e.g. brain development), underlying network structure and information processing properties co-evolve or co-adapt through time. Yet, little is known about the interplay between physical network structure and more abstract information processing properties during such development. This project will catalog co-development in adaptation or growth processes in natural systems (e.g. using neural recordings), models and artificial systems (e.g. in artificial neural networks as they are being trained). The study will reveal the extent to which each aspect of network and dynamics drives the development of the other and specific mechanisms used for such tuning, as well as investigating how such findings may be used to guide self-organisation of artificial information processing systems. The PhD project will involve numerical analysis of model data as well as neural recordings, and software development on algorithms.

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 3, 2016 (August 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.

Selection

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.

Please note: this Scholarship does not cover fees. Domestic students will be exempted from tuition fees under the Research Training Scheme (RTS). International students are welcome to apply for this Scholarship; however they are responsible for paying their own fees. International applicants may be in receipt of an alternative scholarship that covers tuition fees.

In the event an international student receives an alternative scholarship that also covers a stipend 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:

14 August 2016

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