MSc by Research Scholarship: Deep Learning for Big Data with Memory Models

University of Hull

To celebrate the University's research successes, the University of Hull is offering a full-time UK/EU MSc by Research Scholarship for candidates applying the following project.

Studentships will start on 17th September 2018

Dr Nina Dethlefs, Computer Science, n.dethlefs@hull.ac.uk

Project Description

This project is in the area of deep learning and investigates memory models in the context of big data. Memory models (or MemNNs) are specific types of neural networks that compute output predictions not just based on a compressed hidden state (as regular neural nets) but takes a “memorised” representation of the input into account as well. This gives them two advantages: (1) they are able to process and learn with longer input sequences than conventional (recurrent) neural networks, and (2) they can give us some insight into the features that led to a certain output prediction and thus provide rationales for their predictions. This project can take two directions. It can focus on explainable deep learning and find ways to highlight the input features that gave rise to the output predictions. This will provide a better understanding of the network’s “reasoning”. The project can alternatively focus on efficient processing of big data to enable application of MemNNs - which tend to be computationally expensive - in e.g. real-time settings, using the University’s HPC Viper. While this is the general gist of the project, there is room for adaptation to individual research interests of the successful candidate.

Applicants should have at least a 2.1 undergraduate degree in Computer Science or related discipline. Excellent programming skills and an interest in machine learning and AI are essential criteria. Experience in the area of machine learning and data mining is an advantage.

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Full-time UK/EU MSc Scholarship will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£14,553 in 2018/19) for one year until the end of August 2019.

PhD students at the University of Hull follow modules for research and transferable skills development and gain a Masters level Certificate, or Diploma, in Research Training, in addition to their research degree.

Successful applicants will be informed of the award as soon as possible and by 30th April 2018 at the latest.

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