- Type of research degree
- Application deadline
- Ongoing deadline
- Country eligibility
- International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
- Dr Xiaohui Chen
- School of Civil Engineering
- Research groups/institutes
- Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering
Artificial Intelligence has attracted considerable attention from Civil Engineers over the last decade, especially Artificial Neural Networks (ANN) which can provide a flexible mathematical structure capable of identifying complex nonlinear relationships between input and output data sets. However, traditionally, ANNs have been trained using input and output datasets with simple loss functions, which incorporates no physical system knowledge into the learning process, while requiring huge amounts of data, which are either costly to produce or unavailable. <br /> <br /> Alternatively, conceptual and computational modelling has continued rapid development in the past decades as it is based on fundamental constitutive physical equations and able to provide accurate analysis and prediction, however, it suffers from problems associated with computational performance, which can hinder its usage.<br /> <br /> This project will integrate fundamental physics into the training process of deep learning processes, engaging computational modelling and deep neural network, tested by real experiments/modelling to establish a new generation of physics informed deep learning methods, which can provide accurate and quick estimates of geotechnical and geoenvironmental systems response.<br />
<p>The outcome of this work will highly benefit Geotechnical & Environmental engineering in climate-changing scenarios, for instance in the forecasting of highly nonlinear flooding/drought influence on the resilience of the geosystem. </p>
<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="https://www.leeds.ac.uk/research-applying/doc/applying-research-degrees">University's website</a>. Please state clearly in the Planned Course of Study section that you are applying for <em><strong>PHD Civil Engineering FT</strong></em> and in the research information section that the research degree you wish to be considered for is <em><strong>Physics informed deep learning</strong></em> as well as <a href="https://eps.leeds.ac.uk/civil-engineering/staff/756/dr-xiaohui-chen">Dr Xiaohui Chen</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p style="margin-bottom:11px"><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+ and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.</em></p> <p class="MsoNoSpacing">Applications will be considered on an ongoing basis. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors for an informal discussion before making a formal application. We also advise that you apply at the earliest opportunity as the application and selection process may close early, should we receive a sufficient number of applications or that a suitable candidate is appointed.</p> <p>Please note that you must provide the following documents at the point you submit your application:</p> <ul> <li>Full Transcripts of all degree study or if in final year of study, full transcripts to date</li> <li>Personal Statement outlining your interest in the project</li> <li>CV</li> <li>Funding information including any alternative sources of funding that you are applying for or if you are able to pay your own fees and maintenance</li> </ul> <p> </p>
Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.
The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.
<p style="margin-bottom:12px"><strong>Self-Funded or externally sponsored students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK</strong> – The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/209-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2022">Leeds Doctoral Scholarships</a> and <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/234-leeds-opportunity-research-scholarship-2022">Leeds Opportunity Research Scholarship</a> are available to UK applicants (open from October 2023). <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK</strong> –The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a> is available to nationals of China (open from October 2023). The <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a> is available to support US citizens. <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Important: </strong> Any costs associated with your arrival at the University of Leeds to start your PhD including flights, immigration health surcharge/medical insurance and Visa costs are <strong>not</strong> covered under this studentship.</p> <p>Please refer to the <a href="https://www.ukcisa.org.uk/">UKCISA</a> website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.</p>
<p>For further information about this project, please contact Dr Xiaohui Chen<br /> e: <a href="mailto:X.Chen@leeds.ac.uk">X.Chen@leeds.ac.uk</a></p> <p>For further information about your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions<br /> e: <a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a></p>