Learning-Based Anomaly Detection and Prediction in 5G Mobile Networks - Computer Science - EPSRC DTP funded PhD Studentship Ref: 2893

About the award

This project is one of a number funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership to commence in September 2018. This project is in direct competition with others for funding; the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding.

The studentships will provide funding for a stipend which is currently £14,553 per annum for 2017-2018. It will provide research costs and UK/EU tuition fees at Research Council UK rates for 42 months (3.5 years) for full-time students, pro rata for part-time students.

Please note that of the total number of projects within the competition, up to 15 studentships will be filled.

Supervisors
Dr. Yulei Wu
Professor Geyong Min

Location 
Streatham Campus, Exeter

Project Description

With the rapid development of 5G and the high flexibility of accommodating diversified applications with different requirements, network and service robustness becomes increasingly important. Anomaly detection and prediction plays key roles in ensuring its robustness and is a hot research topic. Existing anomaly detection and prediction methods highly rely on threshold setting for good detection performance under specific scenarios, making the solutions not effectively applicable to 5G mobile networks with time-varying network and service requirements.

This EPSRC funded PhD studentship project aims to research on learning-based methods that could achieve self-improvement on the accuracy of anomaly detection and prediction, and further fosters cutting-edge research and development of 5G mobile networks. Therefore, the student will be using up-to-date machine learning technologies such as Recurrent Neural Network and Reinforcement Learning are the primary methodologies to solve the problem and achieve the aims of this project.

Candidates who have background on or who are interested in machine learning, data mining, artificial intelligence, and 5G networks are suitable for this research.

Entry Requirements
You should have or expect to achieve at least a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Computer Science. Experience in Machine Learning and Computer Networks is desirable.

The majority of the studentships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK and are classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes.  If you have not resided in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship, you are not eligible for a maintenance allowance so you would need an alternative source of funding for living costs. To be eligible for fees-only funding you must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU.  For information on EPSRC residency criteria click here.

Applicants who are classed as International for tuition fee purposes are NOT eligible for funding. International students interested in studying at the University of Exeter should search our funding database for alternative options.

Summary

Application deadline:10th January 2018
Value:3.5 year studentship: UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £14,553 per year.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: Doctoral Collegepgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk

How to apply

You will be required to upload the following documents:
•       CV
•       Letter of application outlining your academic interests, prior research experience and reasons for wishing to
        undertake the project.
•       Transcript(s) giving full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained.  This should be an interim
        transcript if you are still studying.
•       If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your current
        proficiency in English.  For further details of the University’s English language requirements please see
        http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/.

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Wednesday 10 January 2018.  Interviews will be held at the University of Exeter in late February 2018.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email: pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk.
Project-specific queries should be directed to the supervisor.

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