|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students, International Students|
|Funding amount:||£15,225 Maintenance grant per annum|
|Placed On:||13th March 2020|
|Closes:||10th May 2020|
Lead Supervisor name: Jian Chang
This PhD research project forms an integral part of the Intelligent Virtual Personal Assistant (Intel-PA) project, which is being undertaken at the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. The Intel-PA consists of three key functional components with the ability to: detect the motions and emotions of the human user; perform sensible conversations; and enact appropriate body gestures and facial expressions. By performing such human - like functions, the Intel-PA will be able to play a huge role in many applications, such as healthcare, training, education, marketing and decision making.
The aims of this PhD research project are to set a corner stone to bring in-depth understanding about the mechanism of continuous learning in AI and to investigate natural language generation with additional visual cues. Rich multimodal inputs of audio signals and visual cues are combined to provide complementary information for context understanding. Virtual agents will be simulated to mimic real humans. This project will therefore pursue two mutually supportive paths of research and development: (1) advancing the theoretic frontiers of continuous learning in cognitive and audio/visual processing terms; and (2) developing and producing practical applications.
What does the funded studentship include?
Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 48 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.
Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:
An ideal candidate should have a background in computer science, mathematics, engineering or a similar subject. Strong mathematical and computer programming skills are essential.
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.
Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 10 May 2020.
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