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PhD Studentship AI Based Approaches for Games Design and Development

Bournemouth University - Faculty of Science & Technology

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,000 maintenance grant per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 14th August 2019
Closes: 31st October 2019

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Feng Tian

Project description: The rules of computer games have restricted the non-player character's (NPCs)’s capability or cleverness/smart on responding to the player’s actions (such as the speed and pattern of moving and the habits of using weapons), which makes game less competitive/exciting and may even result in players losing their interest. This project aims to address these limitations using artificial intelligence (AI) technologies, particularly with deep learning and reinforcement learning. The overall approaches include the development of AI-assisted game design tools which could automatically generate game levels (from textures to maps), the development of deep-learning based approaches to train an AI player to play an existing game against (or alongside) human players and the development of reinforcement-based methods to help build the game dynamically for players including the enhancement of NPC’s level of smart (or intelligence). 

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,000 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met. 

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria 

Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years.

Studentship candidates must demonstrate outstanding academic potential with a 1st class honours degree and/or a Master’s degree with distinction. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6 in each component) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion. 

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email pgradmissions@bournemouth.ac.uk.

   
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