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Research Fellow Position

I moved to Google DeepMind in London.
I am still affiliated with the ANU but can't hire new people.
I can only co-supervise new PhD students in exceptional circumstances.

PhD Students

Creative PhD candidates with excellent mathematical background, interested in some of the following areas, are encouraged to apply: Possible backgrounds are an honor's or master's degree in physics, mathematics, computer sciences, engineering, or related fields. To get an idea of the current research in the above areas and the required skills, please have a look at the specific student projects, the general projects page, the introductory book and course recommendations, and read some of the generally accessible papers.

The PhD will be awarded by the Australian National University. The value of scholarships is around $30'000 per year, plus fee waiver. The PhD program is 3-4 years.

Before you apply at the official ANU site, I recommend you make yourself familiar with my research projects, and read a couple of my papers to see whether you feel comfortable to work on some of these topics. I will not answer mass emails. Otherwise you're welcome to contact me by email in advance of the application deadline with subject line "PhD Candidate" and attach (2MB max),
  1. detailed curriculum vitae,
  2. academic transcript (and English translation),
  3. two or three references,
  4. a specific letter of interest (1-2 pages),
  5. links to publications and/or theses,
  6. how you got knowledge of this website,
  7. Other supporting material.
Note that scholarships for non-residents of Australia are quite difficult to get, and you would typically need some high quality publication(s) already, or excellent results from a top university Masters degree.


Student Projects

I have student projects in the areas of artificial intelligence, Bayesian statistics, machine learning, universal forecasting, information theory, agent/control theory, complexity theory, decision theory, philosophy of science, and/or related areas.
All projects require excellent analytical skills and good mathematical background. You should have completed at least 5 pure math courses (e.g. algebra, analysis, numerics, statistics, discrete math) with excellent grades, and if you are a local student excelled in the Advanced AI course. See the book and course recommendation for how to prepare.

ABOUT ANU. The Australian National University (ANU) is located in the city of Canberra, the Federal Capital of Australia. The ANU consistently ranks top among all Universities in the southern hemisphere, in the top 5 in the Asia/Pacific region, and in the top 50 worldwide. The Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering (RSISE) was established in 1996 as part of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS) at the ANU. RSISE focused its work on research, research training and interaction with national and international communities. RSISE has now been rearranged into the Research School of Computer Science (RSCS) within the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS).

ABOUT CANBERRA. With a population of about 350'000, Canberra is a very clean and quiet city, surrounded by bush land and parks, and with Lake Burley Griffin in its geographical centre. It is a three-hour drive from Sydney, surfing beaches, and Australia's ski resorts. Canberra ranked number 1 out of 362 regions across the 34 most developed countries in the world in the 2014 OECD quality of life survey and world's 3rd best city to visit in Lonely Planet's best in travel 2018.

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