A number of our partners are offering exciting PhD research opportunities for new students. Information about these are below. New scholarships will be added when available. Information about making an application is on the How to Apply page.

Intelligent Edge Computing, in collaboration with Corerain Technologies

This PhD project builds on two exciting research advances. The first concerns custom computing platforms for high-performance Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. The second concerns computing at the edge of networks, including the Internet-of-Things, which operates under severe constraints in space, power consumption and performance.

The goal of the project is to explore next-generation intelligent edge computing systems by combining the above two advances. It addresses the following topics.

  1. Algorithms suitable for network edge applications, such as those providing efficient processing of sensor data.
  2. Custom computing architectures that meet requirements in space, power consumption, performance and so on.
  3. Optimisation methods and tools that adaptively optimise custom computing designs based on edge application requirements, system status, and edge environment.

The project will involve research collaboration with Corerain Technologies, which is sponsoring a PhD scholarship. Those who wish to be considered for the PhD scholarship should send Professor Wayne Luk (w.luk@imperial.ac.uk) their CV and a one-page summary of their experience and their research interests, explaining their relevance to the project described above, preferably by 13 March, 2017. Informal enquiries about the proposed project can be sent to Professor Luk.

To make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

Enhancing Cloud-Scale Acceleration Architecture, in collaboration with Microsoft Research

An exciting development in cloud computing is the Cloud-Scale Acceleration Architecture by Microsoft, which is upgrading its servers in data centers worldwide with field-programmable devices.

A PhD scholarship is available to an outstanding student who would take part in a project which aims to enhance the Cloud-Scale Acceleration Architecture by exploiting the latest advances in hardware, software and networking technologies. It addresses two issues: to improve cloud computing performance while reducing costs, and to accelerate critical applications such as distributed machine learning and big data analytics.

The project involves close collaboration with Microsoft Research in Cambridge and with Microsoft Azure in Redmond. It has significant scope for original research that can lead to major impact on next-generation cloud computing systems. It will be jointly supervised by Wayne Luk (Imperial College), Paolo Costa and Hitesh Ballani (Microsoft Research Cambridge), and Derek Chiou (Microsoft Azure).

Anyone who wishes to be considered for the PhD scholarship should send a CV and a one-page summary of their experience and their research interests, explaining their relevance to the project described above, to Wayne Luk (w.luk@imperial.ac.uk) or to Paolo Costa (Paolo.Costa@microsoft.com) preferably by 13 March, 2017. Informal enquiries about the proposed project can be sent to Wayne or Paolo.

To make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.