PhD Studentships/Marie Sklodowska-Curie ESR: Deep Machine Learning-Based Optical Transmission Systems

Aston University

Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies

Project Description

Applications are invited by Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies (AIPT) for a prestigious three-year postgraduate position (leading to a PhD) on a project entitled ‘Complexity reduction and data augmentation for deep machine learning-based optical transmission systems’.

This position as Early Stage Researcher is available within the European Industrial Doctorate Training Network project ‘MENTOR’. The project is supported through the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and includes a fee bursary to fully cover the PhD tuition fees. Notably, 50% of the study and research period to be spent in the industrial sector with the project industrial partners in Infinera (Germany, Portugal), Orange (France), and Telecom Italy.

The multi-national & multi-interdisciplinary MENTOR project will address the pitfalls in the application of deep machine learning-based tools to the optical сommunications systems: overfilling and overconfidence, high complexity of the signal processing, high complexity of the training stage, generalizability property.

The successful candidate will work on developing and optimising various designs of deep machine learning-based devises (autonomous agents) and systems (both physics-inspired and black-box solutions) aiming at recovering the information transmitted over the optical channel, to achieve the best performance in terms of processing quality, complexity, and device’s memory requirements. It is planned that the study will cover versatile designs of deep neural networks, ranging from multilayer perceptrons to transformers and variational autoencoders. The new system designs will be studied, first, theoretically, and, then, validated experimentally

Funding Information

Funding (£36,000 to £39,500) is available to UK Students, EU Students, and International Students.

Eligibility Requirements

MENTOR is looking for candidates with exceptional skills and grades in engineering or physics and/or computer science, with the knowledge of machine learning and/or some expertise in the areas related to nonlinear optics and photonics, or electrical engineering. Preferred skill requirements include experience in scientific programming, communications and information theory, statistical analysis, optical communication systems.

The ideal candidate will have a Master of Science degree (or expected to be awarded one soon) in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Physics, or equivalent.

MSCA requirements:

Students of any nationality can apply. However, under the terms of the EC funding, which aims to promote mobility within the research community, to be eligible for the post you 1) must not have been resident in the UK for more than a total of 12 months in the past three years, 2) must not already have obtained a doctorate and 3) have less than 4 years full time research experience by the start of the employment contract.

Application Process

Formal applications can be made online here

Application deadline: 3rd May 2021

Start date: Negotiable; by summer/autumn 2021

More information about the MENTOR network can be found here

Inquiries: Prof Sergei K Turitsyn [email protected]

To apply for this PhD, please use the following application link: