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PhD/MPhil - Information for prospective students

MPhil/PhD projects currently available:

(Note that the MPhil/PhD projects have no specific funding at the moment. Exceptional UK/EU candidates may be eligible for a studentship. Candidates with their own funding can also apply.)

Massively parallel processors for early vision - especially to implement attention-selection mechanisms, visual cortex simulations and artificial retinas - digital system design, VHDL/Verilog, etc.

Brain-inspired VLSI computing architectures - development of neuromorphic analogue and digital VLSI circuits based on the circuitry of cortex and sub-cortical structures

Custom parallel computers for simulations of dynamics of large neural assemblies - software/hardware design, FPGA and IC design.

Asynchronous cellular processor arrays - design of algorithms and VLSI chips for a new type of ultra-fast array processors, computing with wave-propagation, excitable media and asynchronous cellular automata.

Computer vision systems with SIMD processor arrays - development of applications, algorithms and system-level hardware (control, interfaces) for pixel-parallel 'vision chips'

Smart electrodes for multi-site neural recordings - development of brain-implantable VLSI chips for neural interfaces and prosthesis - hybrid bio-silicon circuits and systems, combining electronics and live cells into a single information processing system

In addition to the above, I am prepared to supervise other PhD projects in the area of integrated circuit design, sensor/processor integration, computer vision, cellular processor arrays, analogue VLSI, novel computing architectures, massively parallel processors, spiking neural networks, neuromorphic engineering, neural interfaces, etc.. Applications, including research project title/proposal, should be submitted via Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Candidates with relevant background and very good academic record are encouraged to apply. Note that in some cases there may be some funding (scholarships) available, however, normally the postgraduate students are expected to pay tuition fees (as detailed on the Postgraduate Admissions Office website) as well as have sufficient funds for living expenses.