Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Fwd: PhD Scholarship - Music and AI modelling


PhD Scholarship in the Field of Music and Artificial Intelligence


Start date: 01 April 2014

Plymouth University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music
Research (ICCMR) invite applications for doctoral scholarship to
develop a cross-disciplinary project in collaboration with Plymouth
University's Marine Institute, University of St. Andrews' School of
Biology and the Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory (CEAL) at
the University of Queensland, Australia.

The scholarship covers full-time UK/EU tuition fees rates and a
bursary at current research-council rates for full-time study (£13,726
per year in 2013/2014) for 3 years.

This scholarship is part of an unprecedented project funded by The
Leverhulme Trust to study the cultural evolution of humpback whale
song using agent-based modelling and computer music technology. This
is an innovative cross-disciplinary project, aimed at new insights in
our understanding of marine mammal cultures.

On winter breeding grounds, male humpbacks produce hierarchically
structured songs with repeated complex themes. The song evolves
structurally over time. Males sing virtually identical songs on
breeding grounds thousands of kilometres apart, and the songs on these
different grounds evolve in a coordinated way. Currently, we have
little understanding of this. In this project we will utilize computer
modelling to study this phenomenon.


The successful candidate is expected to hold a good undergraduate
degree (2.1 or above) in Computing or Music Technology with a strong
programming syllabus, or other relevant discipline. They will also
hold a Masters qualification in a relevant subject. Knowledge of
implementing machine learning, Artificial Life simulations and signal
processing techniques are also highly desirable. Non-native speakers
of English are required to have IELTS 6.5 or above.

Note: Those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK are not
eligible for this funding. The successful candidate will be required
to be resident in/near Plymouth for the duration of the scholarship.

Further information & how to apply:

For more information about research at ICCMR please refer to:

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For an application form and full details on how to apply, please visit
the website below and follow the link 'how to apply' to the
application form:

Applications should be sent direct to Susan Matheron by email:


a) Please ensure the application is clearly marked ICCMR PhD Scholarship.
b) DO NOT send the application to Central Admissions but to Susan
Matheron (email above)

The closing date for applications is 12 NOON on Friday 31st January 2014.