- Value: This project is eligible for funding in an open competition across all subjects from the Leeds-York NERC DTP. The deadline is 8 January 2018. Funding is available for UK and EU students.
This project is also open to self-funded students and is eligible for funding from the School of Mathematics Scholarships, EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships, and the Leeds Doctoral Scholarships. All successful UK/EU and international applicants will be considered for funding, in an open competition across the School of Mathematics. To be considered for this funding, it is recommended to apply no later than 31 March 2018 for funding to start in October 2018. However, earlier applications are welcome, and will be considered on an ongoing basis.
- Number of awards: 1
- Deadline: Ongoing
This project will investigate the use of information in bee colonies from both a mathematical and a biological perspective. Starting from results from machine-learning research regarding decentralised optimisation algorithms the student will work towards a mathematical theory of optimal foraging by a decentralised colony of agents representing a colony of bees. This theory will extend upon previous theoretical work in mathematics by imposing realistic biological constraints upon agents such as limited motility and communication abilities. It will extend on biological theory by rigorously treating the acquisition and exploitation of information from first principles of information theory.
The ultimate goal of the project will be to make biological predictions about the behaviour of real bees that can be experimentally tested in the laboratory and/or field studies.
Applicants should have, or expect to obtain, a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree in Mathematics or a related discipline, or equivalent.
How to apply
To apply for NERC funding, visit the NERC Doctoral Training Partnership website.
Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'Optimal collective foraging by bee colonies’ as well as Dr Richard Mann as your proposed supervisor.
If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office
If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum English Language requirements.
We welcome scholarship applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.