Metric techniques in topological data analysis
PhDs and postgraduate research
Self-funded PhD students only
School of Mathematics and Physics
Applications accepted all year round
The PhD will be based in the Faculty of Technology, and will be supervised by Dr Ittay Weiss.
The work on this project could involve:
- Developing new techniques in frontiers of topological data analysis
- Synergising advanced methods of algebraic topology to facilitate new applications and enhance existing ones
- Developing new algorithms based on metric techniques to address problems in data science
Topological Data Analysis (TDA) is an emerging and highly successful approach to Big Data problems. The underlying idea is to employ topological techniques in the analysis of large quantities of data. One of the main difficulties with real-world data is that its collection introduces various types of 'noise'. Distinguishing between true features, inherent to the phenomenon in question, and misleading features resulting from noise contamination can be very challenging. Topology, by design, is blind to matters of scale or dimensionality. Its tools are aiming to extract geometric features which are robust in comparison to scale or dimensionality distortions. TDA seeks to exploit the inherent noise-blindness of topology by employing topological techniques to data analysis.
TDA represents a unique intersection point of pure mathematics with applied mathematics. In recent work such a formalism for topology was identified and is being developed. The advantages of the formalism to the foundations of topology are demonstrated while more advanced features are being tested. Alongside the topological gains, applications to the foundations of TDA are emerging as well. The main aims of the project are: 1) further enhance and develop the new mathematical foundations of topology; and 2) investigate the flow of ideas between topology and TDA along this new bridge, with new applications of TDA in mind.
The project aims to investigate alternative formalisms of topology with the aim of facilitating a smoother transition of topological tools to TDA, thereby enlarging the scope of applicability of TDA, while at the same time adjusting the classical topological methodologies to allow insights from TDA to filter back to topology. Using this improved language and tools new algorithms will be developed and tested for tackling TDA problems.
Fees and funding
Funding availability: Self-funded PhD students only.
PhD full-time and part-time courses are eligible for the UK Government Doctoral Loan (UK and EU students only).
2020/2021 entry (for October 2020 and February 2021 entries)
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a
International full-time students: £16,400 p/a
International part-time students: £8,200 p/a
PhD by Publication
External candidates £4,407 p/a
Members of staff £1,680 p/a*
2021/2022 entry (for October 2021 and February 2022 entries)
PhD and MPhil
Home/EU/CI full-time students: £4,407 p/a*
Home/EU/CI part-time students: £2,204 p/a*
International full-time students: £17,600 p/a
International part-time students: £8,800 p/a
All fees are subject to annual increase.
PhD by Publication
External Candidates £4,407 p/a*
Members of Staff £1,720 p/a*
If you are an EU student starting a programme in 2021/22 please visit this page.
*This is the 2020/21 UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) maximum studentship fee; this fee will increase to the 2021/22 UKRI maximum studentship fee when UKRI announces this rate in Spring 2021.
Some PhD projects may include additional fees – known as bench fees – for equipment and other consumables, and these will be added to your standard tuition fee. Speak to the supervisory team during your interview about any additional fees you may have to pay. Please note, bench fees are not eligible for discounts and are non-refundable.
- You'll need a good first degree from an internationally recognised university (minimum second class or equivalent, depending on your chosen course) or a Master’s degree in a relevant subject area
- In exceptional cases, we may consider equivalent professional experience and/or Qualifications
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0
Familiarity with formal proof based mathematics, and in particular topology.
How to apply
We’d encourage you to contact Dr Ittay Weiss (firstname.lastname@example.org) to discuss your interest before you apply, quoting the project code.
When you are ready to apply, you can use our online application form. Make sure you submit a personal statement, proof of your degrees and grades, details of two referees, proof of your English language proficiency and an up-to-date CV. Our ‘How to Apply’ page offers further guidance on the PhD application process.
If you want to be considered for this PhD opportunity you must quote project code SMAP5370220 when applying.