The University of Southampton
ApplyUp to 18 Fully Funded 4 Year AI and Engineering PhDs

Training and Support

Research at the interface between Artificial Intelligence and Electronics requires us to think differently about the interdependencies between these disciplines, their underpinning mathematical, statistical and algorithmic techniques and device physics. The MINDS CDT brings significant opportunities for students to gain a breadth of knowledge from leading experts.

Cross-Disciplinary Expertise

MINDS students will gain a broad awareness of the science and techniques across AI and Electronics, interdisciplinary approaches to industry challenges, and methods for responsible research and innovation. Depending on your academic background research theme of interest, we tailor a set of additional modules that provide depth of knowledge and understanding from across our extensive portfolio of advanced courses. All students follow a combination of computer science and electronics modules, further developing cross-disciplinary expertise. Modules include deep learning, online and reinforcement learning, intelligent agents, nanoelectronic devices, embedded processors, analogue and mixed signal systems design. This is put into practice through a team project working on a challenge from one of our industry or government partners, the outcomes of which are demonstrated at our annual showcase.

Research project teams are developed over the first 6 months, with MINDS students helping to shape their project and conducting a feasibility study over the summer. Building on the summer feasibility study, years 2-4 are the core research element of the PhD, during which you continue to work with your supervisors and industry advisor. 

Innovation Camp

All MINDS students attend an annual, week-long student-led innovation camp, during which we plan a wide range of activities from enhanced technical training, working with SetSquared to develop skills in research commercialisation, to developing outreach activities. (And social activities, naturally!)

STARs Programme

MINDS students will benefit from a collaborative research network within the CDT allowing them to actively seek other students in related areas and carry out short-term, focussed and hands-on joint research. This may be for the purposes of exploring new ideas, exchanging best-practice, learning how to use new techniques and tools or even simply to gain perspective of different fields and experience multidisciplinary collaborative research. Industrial partners will be included in this network.

Outreach & Public Engagement

All MINDS students will take part in outreach and public engagement activities, helping to both communicate the societal value of research across AI and Electronics and inspire others to pursue a career in this important field for the future. Further, through our Ambassadors’ Programme, we will support a number of students to receive enhanced training in outreach leadership.