Monday, March 7, 2022

[DMANET] Dual-Award PhD Scholarships on Automatic Algorithm Configuration / AutoML at University of Manchester and University of Melbourne

Dual-Award PhD Scholarships on Automatic Algorithm Configuration / AutoML

Application Deadline: 14 March 2022
(if you need more time to finalize your application, please let us know)

The University of Manchester and the University of Melbourne are offering two
fully-funded scholarships to their dual-award PhD programme that provides a
unique experience for PhD candidates wishing to include study abroad as part of
their research.

The candidates will be enrolled in the PhD program at the Alliance Manchester
Business School at the University of Manchester and in the PhD program at the
School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne. Receiving
a dual-award allows you to benefit from two world-leading institutions.

Supervision team (of both projects)

* Associate Professor Manuel López-Ibáñez, Professor Julia Handl (University
of Manchester)
* Professor Kate Smith-Miles, Dr Mario Andrés Muñoz-Acosta (University of

Manchester-based project: Multi-criteria Automatic Algorithm Configuration
under Streaming Problem Instances.

The result of this project will be more powerful tools for tuning and deploying
the critical algorithms that our modern world relies on so that they can better
adapt to changes in the problems being solved and let users decide the most
appropriate trade-off among conflicting criteria.

More information:

Lead supervisor: Manuel López-Ibáñez <>

How to apply:

Melbourne-based project: Explainable Algorithm Selection and Configuration
through Instance Space.

This project will develop new analysis methods to help explain the performance
(or lack thereof) of the algorithms that are used daily to plan our deliveries,
organise our manufacturing plants, schedule our bus routes, optimise our supply
chains, etc.

More information:

Lead supervisor: Kate Smith-Miles <>

How to apply:

Do not hesitate to contact the lead supervisors of each project with any questions!

Dr Manuel López-Ibáñez | Senior Lecturer (Assoc Prof) & Alan Turing Fellow at
the Decision and Cognitive Sciences Research Centre | Alliance Manchester
Business School | The University of Manchester, UK |
Dual-award PhD Scholarships in Automatic Algorithm Configuration / AutoML:
ANTS 2022, 13th International Conference on Swarm Intelligence, Malaga, Spain
MSc Business Analytics: Operations Research and Risk Analysis
(QS Ranking: 2nd in UK and 10th in the world,
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