School of Computing

Funded PhD in Deep Learning

Three-year PhD scholarship is available to UK, EU and overseas students and will cover home tuition fees plus a maintenance grant equivalent to the full UK Research Council rate.

Research theme

This project aims to explore how deep learning can be used to deal with multiscale multidimensional biomedical signals, and to evaluate the effectiveness of different learning algorithms in recognizing the signal patterns.

It will examine this problem by comparing with traditional algorithms and propose novel deep learning architectures with adversarial network (i.e. GAN) to explore discriminative power in a particular domain of biomedical signals (i.e. EMG, ECG, EEG).

Location          : University of Kent at Medway, UK (40-50 mins from London by train)
Supervisors     : Dr Caroline Ling Li, Professor Philippe De Wilde, Dr Palaniappan Ramaswamy
Key words       : Machine learning, Deep learning, Biomedical signal analysis, EMG


You must have a good first degree or, ideally a good Master’s degree with relevant research experience. Strong programming or/and maths skill is preferred. Previous research experience leading to publications would be an advantage.

The School of Computing, University of Kent

The School of Computing has a reputation for high-quality research, with over 40 current PhD students. Our research activity is wide ranging and takes place within focused Research Groups which provide a vibrant research community for all members, staff or student.

The School of Computing was ranked highly in the recent government run Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise. Our research intensity was ranked 12th out of 89, with superb impact – 100% of our research impact ranked world leading or internationally excellent.

The University of Kent is a leading university with a commitment to excellence in teaching and research. As the UK's European university, it is committed to creating a global student and staff community that advances knowledge and stimulates intellectual creativity, and performs at the highest levels.

Kent is ranked 21st in the Times Higher Education (THE) ‘Table of Tables’ 2017 and it has twice been awarded the highly prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
The School is committed to the Athena Swan Scheme. This is a national scheme whereby universities commit to advancing and promoting the careers of female scientists.

Support for research students includes:

  • regular supervision meetings

  • a research training programme

  • computer equipment

  • a desk in an office

  • funds for conference travel

How to apply 

Deadline: Monday 12 June 2017
Expected start date: Autumn 2017 (but can be flexible)

Applications should be made through the University of Kent online admission form with the PhD Project text, given above, pasted into the "Reasons for study" section.

Please also send a covering letter and CV to, including contact details, research interest and your suitability for this award. Please also include experience, if any, of academic or professional research and/or teaching or mentoring.

The successful candidate will be based at the Medway Campus.

For questions about applications, please contact

Kent provides a dynamic and challenging academic environment and has an excellent reputation for collaborative research with universities around the world. For more information about Kent’s research portfolio see:


School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

Enquiries: +44 (0)1227 824180 or contact us.

Last Updated: 06/04/2017