[Comp-neuro] PhD position in Insect-Inspired AI at Edinburgh
bwebb at inf.ed.ac.uk
Mon Oct 19 20:34:18 CEST 2020
The Insect Robotics lab at the University of Edinburgh, led by Professor
Barbara Webb, has a fully-funded PhD studentship (3 years fees and
stipend) available to study 'Insect-Inspired AI'. The position could
commence any time from now.
The project will develop an alternative architecture for intelligent
autonomous systems based on the insect brain. Insects are hugely
successful at a number of tasks that are still major challenges for
artificial intelligence, including rapid learning from minimal data and
sophisticated navigation and robust coordination of behaviour in dynamic
environments. The focus of the work will be to obtain a functional
understanding of the computations occurring in the insect ‘mushroom body’
(MB) neuropil. Specifically, the PhD topic is to understand how the input
and output organisation of the MB support adaptive and context dependent
associative learning of complex sensory patterns for the control of
behaviour. This will be applied to robot navigation tasks.
A suitable candidate would have a strong first degree in computing, maths
or engineering; ideally with some background in computational
neuroscience, neuromorphic computing, robotics or similar topics; and a
strong interest in obtaining biological understanding of brain mechanisms
for control of behaviour.
Interested candidates should in the first instance contact Professor
Barbara Webb <B.Webb at ed.ac.uk>.
More details about graduate study at the
School of Informatics and the formal application process can be found
The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.
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