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Understanding urban crime with computational models. EMPS College Home fees Studentship, PhD in Computer Science. Ref: 4327

About the award

Supervisors

Lead Supervisor:

Dr. Marcos Oliveira, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Co-supervisor:

Dr. Diogo Pacheco, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences, Streatham Campus, University of Exeter

Location:

Department of Computer Science, Streatham Campus, Devon, University of Exeter

The University of Exeter’s College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences  is inviting applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The studentship will cover Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study. 

This College studentship is open to UK and Irish nationals, who if successful in their application will receive a full studentship including payment of university tuition fees at the home fees rate.

Project Description:

Crime is a severe threat to society's well-being, affecting people's lives and the economy of cities. Though crime is linked to different socio-economic factors, it exhibits remarkable regularities regardless of cities' particularities. This project aims to uncover such regularities and understand how they can help predict crime, design safer cities, and understand the urbanisation process.

This project looks at cities as evolving systems that exhibit global order built from local-level decisions; precisely, it recognises cities as complex adaptive systems. Because of that, this project involves building computational models that reproduce collective phenomena, which will uncover general underlying processes of criminal activity. More broadly speaking, this project will use approaches based on machine learning, information theory, agent-based modelling, mean-field theory, among others.

Entry requirements

This studentship is open to UK and Irish nationals, who if successful in their application will receive a full studentship including payment of university tution fees at the home fees rate.

Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent international qualifications) in Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, or a related subject, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK. A relevant Master's degree and/or experience in computational or mathematical modelling would be an advantage.

If English is not your first language you will need to have achieved at least 6.0 in IELTS and no less than 6.0 in any section by the start of the project. 

Alternative tests may be acceptable (see http://www.exeter.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/english/).

How to apply

In the application process you will be asked to upload several documents.  Please note our preferred format is PDF, each file named with your surname and the name of the document, eg. “Smith – CV.pdf”, “Smith – Cover Letter.pdf”, “Smith – Transcript.pdf”.

• CV
• Letter of application (outlining your academic interests, prior project work 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)
• Two references from referees familiar with your academic work. If your referees prefer, they can email
   the reference direct to pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk quoting the studentship reference number.
• If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need to submit evidence of your proficiency in English.  Please see the entry requirements information above.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 10 January 2022.  Interviews will be held online on the week commencing 24 January 2022.

If you have any general enquiries about the application process please email pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk

Project-specific queries should be directed to the main supervisor at m.a.oliveira@exeter.ac.uk

Summary

Application deadline:10th January 2022
Value:Home tuition fees plus an annual tax-free stipend of at least £15,609 for 3.5 years full-time, or pro rata for part-time study.
Duration of award:per year
Contact: PGR Admissions Office pgrenquiries@exeter.ac.uk