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MSc project proposals 2020

Project ID Supervisor Co-supervisor Project title Prospective PhD Co-funding
1 Jeremie Houssineau
(Statistics)
Anne Straube
(Medical School)
Modelling and analysis of the dynamics of molecular motors and intracellular cargo Yes  
2 Tobias Grafke
(Mathematics)
Robert MacKay
(Mathematics)
Quantifying intact ship capsizing risk Yes No funding secured, but interest has been expressed by Royal Caribbean International, INTERCARGO, and SMEs in the naval engineering sector.
3 Paolo Turrini
(Computer Science)


Intelligent Traffic Control via Multi-Agent Reinforcement Learning Yes  
4 Paolo Turrini
(Computer Science)


Manipulation Resistant Social Networks Yes  
5 Yi Yu
(Statistics)


Adversarial Change Point Detection Yes  
6 R.S.MacKay
(Mathematics)
Anne-Marie Broomhall and Rene Kiefer
(Physics)
Detection of modes of oscillation Yes

GE Grid Solutions have expressed interest in interacting with a PhD student and sharing Icelandic AC power data.
National Grid, but they will require convincing demonstration of the potential by the outcome of the MSc project.

7 Vishwesh Kulkarni
(Engineering)
Andrew Phillips
(Other)
CCS Student Project Opportunities Yes The four topics outlined in this document have cash and in-kind support from external funding agencies (e.g., Microsoft Research, EPSRC, MRC).
8 Xavier Didelot
(Statistics)
Rich Everitt
(Statistics)
Modelling and inferring recombination in bacterial genomic evolution Yes Yes via the Health Protection Research Unit in Genomics and Enabling Data which is a partnership with Public Health England.
9 Xavier Didelot
(Statistics)
Matt Keeling
(Mathematics)
Bayesian analysis and prediction of infectious disease outbreaks based on temporal data Yes Yes, via the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Genomics and Enabling Data which is a partnership with Public Health England
10 Xavier Didelot
(Statistics)
Matt Keeling
(Mathematics)
Bayesian inference of past population dynamics from genomic data Yes Yes, via the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Genomics and Enabling Data which is a partnership with Public Health England
11 Dr Christopher Quince
(Warwick Medical School)
Prof Xavier Didelot
(School of Life Sciences)
Bayesian graphical models for strain resolution from hybrid metagenomics sequencing Yes This Masters project could lead to a PhD through either of the two NIHR funded Health Protection Units based at the University of Warwick, Gastrointestinal Infections or Genomics and Enabling Data.
12 Radu Cimpeanu
(Mathematics)
Ed Brambley
(Warwick Manufacturing Group)
Hats and pancakes in the sky: drop dynamics in high-speed flow Yes No funding secured, however discussions with contacts in the aerospace industry (AeroTex and Thales in particular) are planned for the following weeks. Strong progress during the MSc could prove persuasive.
13 Xavier Didelot
(Statistics)
Noel McCarthy
(Warwick Medical School)
Identifying bacterial genes that predict characteristics of human infections Yes  
14 Simon Spencer
(Statistics)
Noel McCarthy
(Warwick Medical School)
Detecting outbreaks Yes  
15 Noel McCarthy
(Warwick Medical School)
Matt Keeling
(Mathematics)
Modelling and estimating person to person spread of gastrointestinal infections Yes  
16 Simon Spencer
(Statistics)
Noel McCarthy
(Warwick Medical School)
Correcting bias in genetic source attribution for zoonotic infections Yes None at present.
17 Henrik Singmann (Psychology)   Bayesian Estimation of a Cognitive Model for Human Decisions and Associated Response Times Yes None at present. But existing industry contacts may change that in the future if MSc. project shows sufficient potential.
18 Nigel Burroughs
(Mathematics)
Rob Cross
(Warwick Medical School)
Modelling information propagation through the microtubule lattice. Yes Limited
19 Nigel Burroughs
(Mathematics)
Jan Brosens
(Warwick Medical School)
Modelling uterus implantation potential to understand recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). Yes Limited
20 Nigel Burroughs
(Mathematics)
Darius Köster
(Warwick Medical School)
Modelling and simulating actin curls induced by protein binding. Yes Limited
21 Nigel Burroughs
(Mathematics)
Andrew McAinsh
(Warwick Medical School)
Controlling the self-organisation of chromosomes during cell division Yes None
22 Shreyas Mandre
(Mathematics)
Madhusudhan Venkadesan, Yale University
(Other)
Determining the motion in a skeletal join from the articular surface geometry Yes None yet, possible in the future.
23 Gechun Liang
(Statistics)


Intensity models for portfolio credit derivatives Yes NA
24 Gechun Liang
(Statistics)


Forward utility processes in portfolio optimisation Yes NA
25 Gechun Liang
(Statistics)


Modeling of systemic risk Yes NA
26 Jonathan Harrison
(Mathematics)
Nigel Burroughs
(Mathematics)
Complete kinetochore tracking: tracking kinetochores with machine learning Yes Possibility of partnership with 3i (microscopy company), or with University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW).
27 Tanaya Guha
(Computer Science)
Victor Sanchez
(Computer Science)
Multimodal Deep Learning for Behavior Analysis Yes Possible funding from Ford.
28 Adam Noel
(Engineering)
Mike Chappell
(Engineering)
Structural Identifiability for Organ-on-a-Chip Microfluidics Yes n/a
29 David Wild
(Statistics)

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Bayesian Computation in Big Spaces - the Case of Biomolecular Simulation No  
30 Nigel Burroughs
(Mathematics)
Siobhan Quenby
(Warwick Medical School)
Identifying epidemiological causal factors of recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) Yes Limited. External is NHS.
31 Jeremie Houssineau
(Statistics)

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Revisiting the multi-armed bandit problem Yes  
32 Juergen Branke
(Warwick Business School)

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A/B testing with Bayesian Optimisation Yes I am discussing this topic with Uber. From my experience, it is difficult to get funding from Uber, but I would try. In any case, they would be interested in a collaboration.
33 Juergen Branke
(Warwick Business School)

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Bayesian Optimisation for Multimodal Problems Yes I am currently doing a project with NSC, a UK training/simulation/consulting company, on multimodal optimisation. If we can use their application as a use case (in the PhD, not the MSc), I would hope that we can convince them to co-fund a PhD student.
34 Juergen Branke
(Warwick Business School)
Michael Pearce
(Other)
Accelerating Bayesian Optimisation for Algorithm Selection Yes None at the moment
35 Kat Rock
(Mathematics)
Simon Spencer
(Statistics)
Novel Bayesian approaches to fit models of sleeping sickness at different spatial scales using data from different sources Yes  
36 Dr Martine J Barons
(Statistics)
Dr Julia Brettschneider
(Statistics)
Coupling models for integrated decision support in complex systems - CIDSS. Yes  
37 Neophytos Neophytou
(Engineering)
Vassilios Vargiamidis
(Engineering)
Thermoelectric transport and quantum Hall effects in topological materials Yes  
38 Dr Martine J Barons
(Statistics)
Dr Simon Spencer
(Statistics)
Eliciting parameters of multivariate distributions for decision support. Yes Monash-Warwick Alliance PhD scholarship
39 Subhash Lakshminarayana
(Engineering)

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Understanding the Resilience of Cyber-Physical Systems Using Complex Networks Theory Yes NA.
40 Wei He
(Engineering)
Jihong Wang (Engineering), and Robert MacKay (Math)
(Mathematics)
Accelerate Energy Decarbonisation by Efficient Forward and Inverse Energy System Design using Machine Learning Yes We would like to know how much and what 30% actually is. W.H. has a Research Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering (2019-2024), which could provide budgets for travel and exchange with MIT through the PhD project. We work with several energy companies in the UK, so funding from industries is also possible.
41 David Rand
(Mathematics)
James Briscoe
(Crick Institute)
New approaches to developmental biology: landscapes, information and genetic network design
(several projects, one is reserved for Francesca)
Yes Crick will supply very valuable data and carry out experiements. They valued the value of this for a recent grant application as £150000.
42 Sebastian Vollmer
(Statistics)
Colm Connaughton
(Mathematics)
Fairness done rigorously Yes consultancy company (IQVIA)
43 Sebastian Vollmer
(Mathematics)
Juergen Branke
(Warwick Business School)
Hyperparameter tuning of iterative algorithms Yes Healthcare consultancies
44 Professor Bo Chen
(Warwick Business School)
  Optimal cost-sharing in general resource selection Yes  
45 Dr. Gabriele C. Sosso (Chemistry) Dr. Ali A. Hassanali (ICTP, Trieste) It's all in the Void: a general-purpose algorithm to find regions of empty space in complex networks Yes AstraZeneca plt. has a strong interest in supporting this project as part of the "Beyond-a -Single-Molecule-in-Vacuum" research theme currently ongoing in the Sosso Group.
46 R.S.MacKay
(Mathematics)
Nikos Kallinikos (Mathematics) Regions of non-existence of flux surfaces for magnetic fields Yes Simons Foundation grant could pay maintenance for Oct 2020 to Aug 2022. Probably fees too. But this is subject to my not having committed the funds to something else, eg a postdoc, in the mean time. Simons would not be an external partner, but I could probably get someone from Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory to serve (which is a USA government lab)
47

Dr Soroush Abolfathi and Dr Petr Denissenko (Engineering)

Dr Ed Bramley (Mathematics) Analysing experimental data on long wave dynamics and statistics of the shoreline motion Yes We are having discussions with HR Wallingford to partially fund this project.
48 Dr Ahmad Mannan
(Engineering)
Professor Declan Bates
(Engineering)
Designing a rapid switch for efficient chemical production from bacteria. Yes  
49 Richard Everitt
(Statistics)
Nicola Walker
(Other)
Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) for calibrating and evaluating Individual Based Models Yes Cefas (fisheries agency) can provide CASE funding. However, note that this PhD project has already been offered to someone. I should know by 16th March whether they have accepted this offer. If they accept, I will need to withdraw the possibility of the PhD project, since the co-funding will already be taken.
50 Fayyaz ul Amir Afsar Minhas
(Computer Science)
Nasir Rajpoot
(Computer Science)
PathGraph: Analysis of Graph Neural Networks for Predictive Modelling in Computational Pathology Yes NIH/Industrial sources
51 Tom Gur
(Computer Science)

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Quantum and Classical Cryptography for Social Benefit Yes  
52 Nasir Rajpoot
(Computer Science)
Fayyaz Minhas
(Computer Science)
Multiresolution Graph Modeling of Whole Slide Images for Predictive Tasks in Computational Pathology Yes NHS/Industry
53 Dr Yulia Timofeeva
(Computer Science)
Prof Kirill Volynski
(Other)
Modelling of fluorescence imaging of quantal neurotransmitter release at single synapses Yes  
54 Giovanni Montana
(Warwick Manufacturing Group)
Shravan Sampath Kumar
(Other)
Artificial Intelligence-enabled Emotional Profiling to enable Smart Advertising Yes System1 Group
55 Giovanni Montana
(Warwick Manufacturing Group)

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Enabling Collaborative Robotic Manipulation with Multi-Agent Deep Reinforcement Learning Yes  

Reserved projects

Student Supervisor Co-supervisor Project title Prospective PhD Co-funding
Haoran Ni Martin Lotz
(Mathematics)
  Dimension Reduction for Optimal Transport and Normalizing Flows Yes An application for a Chancellor's Scholarship and a China Scholarship have been submitted.
Yijie Zhou R.S.MacKay
(Mathematics)
Bazil Sansom
(Economics)
Trophic analysis of financial networks Yes It would depend on getting Financial Network Analytics (or some other company or government department) interested enough. I doubt that FNA would actually put any money in. But I think I could tout the results of the MSc project around various people and try to raise some willingness to invest.
Nayef Shkeir Tobias Grafke (Mathematics)   Metastability in Atmospheric Jets Yes  
Jimmy McKendrick Michael Tildesley (School of Life Sciences) Warren Tennant (Mathematics) Modelling spread and control of Lassa Fever in Nigeria Yes This project is in collaboration with Nigeria Centers for Disease Control. There is the possibility to secure funding to support this project through GCRF or directly through Nigeria CDC.
Abi Coleman Matt Keeling (Mathematics) Giles Budge (other) Predicting and controlling the invasion of honey-bee pests and diseases. Yes None at present.