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UK funded PhD studentships in EC for Software Engineering (SBSE)

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    ... From: Harman, Mark Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:36:30 +0000 DAASE PhD Student Bursary Offered in Search Based Software Engineering
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      From: "Harman, Mark" <mark.harman@...>
      Date: Thu, 5 Dec 2013 12:36:30 +0000

      DAASE PhD Student Bursary Offered in Search Based Software Engineering

      University College London is offering up to three fully funded student
      bursaries in Search Based Software Engineering to start September
      2014. The funding provides fees and living support for a full four
      years, subject to standard EPSRC terms and rates, and will be awarded
      to the student who meets the UCL admissions criteria for the UCL
      Department of Computer Science PhD programme and who best suits the
      project, set out below.

      Search Based Software Engineering (SBSE) concerns the application of
      computational search to solve demanding software engineering problems,
      typified by large search spaces and multiple competing and conflicting
      optimisation objectives. Often genetic algorithms, genetic
      programming, machine learning, and other optimisation techniques are
      employed to optimise software. There has been a rapid rise in
      interested, activity and research in SBSE in the past five years.
      Tutorials and surveys can be found in open access format in the web
      (search for "SBSE tutorial" or "SBSE survey").

      The student will be supervised by Professor Mark Harman, one of the
      founders of the SBSE field of study and also the overall director of
      the DAASE programme grant. Prof Harman has given invited keynote talks
      at GECCO 2013, WCRE 2013, ASE 2012, ESEM 2012 and ETAPS 2010. His SBSE
      work is highly cited and has been used by Daimler, Ericsson, Google,
      IBM, Microsoft and Motorola.

      The DAASE Project: The Dynamic Automated Adaptive Software Engineering
      (DAASE) project is a large programme grant, funded by EPSRC and led by
      UCL. More details on the project are available
      athttp://daase.cs.ucl.ac.uk/. This bursary is funded by the DAASE
      programme grant. The applicant to whom the award is made will be a
      full member of the DAASE project. In addition to the student's
      bursary, the project will also provide support for the student's
      travel to conferences and meetings to support their work on the
      project and their career development as a researcher.

      What the Studentship Bursary Will Cover in Terms of Fees and Living Expenses:
      The bursary covers fees and a tax free stipend to support living
      costs. The rates are those standard rates applicable for studentships
      and are calculated to be sufficient to support all costs of living and
      those required to undertake the work. The fees component paid is
      normally that for home/EU student fees only (currently £4,631). The
      stipend is a tax free lump sum of approx. £15,863 (figures for 2014
      subject to confirmation). Therefore the total value of the bursary is
      at least £80,000 spread over four years. In addition research related
      expenses for equipment and conference travel will also be covered to
      support your work. For exceptional students who do not qualify for
      home fees there is also the opportunity to seek additional bursary
      support to cover the difference between home/EU and overseas fees.

      The overall Research Environment: Students will be situated in the
      CREST centre, which is part of the Software Systems, Engineering group
      (SSE) within the Department of Computer Science at UCL. The centre
      recently received a platform grant (£1.2m, 2009-2014) as well as the
      DAASE programme (£6.7m, 2012-2018) from the EPSRC and has other
      current funding from other funders such as the EU, AHRC and Royal
      Society as well as cash gifts from HP, Google and Motorola. CREST
      hosts a series of monthly workshops, the CREST Open Workshop Programme
      (the COWs). As of December 2013, there have been a total of 1,027
      registrations from 208 different institutions spread over 40. As the
      CREST website shows, these workshops have hosted presentations from
      some of the world's leading scientists and software engineers from
      both industry and academia. Talks are video recorded and archived
      along with slides and other resources on the CREST website at

      The Application Procedure You Should Follow:
      Applications should be submitted through University College London
      If you have any queries about submitting an application, please email
      Melanie Johnson,melanie.johnson@...<mailto:melanie.johnson@...>.
      Having applied through the UCL CS department system, please also
      notify Professor Harman and Lena Hierl, his personal assistant, of
      your application via email
      (Mark.Harman@...<mailto:Mark.Harman@...> and

      There is no need to take any further action. Your application will be
      considered by the department for admission to the PhD programme. The
      successful applicant(s) will have or be about to obtain university
      level qualification, which involves the study of at least one topic
      relevant to the project. Evidence of aptitude for research will be the
      primary criterion in deciding to whom the bursary will be awarded for
      those applicants who meet the eligibility requirements.

      Your application must reach the department before Sunday 5th January
      Mark Harman,
      University College London.
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