PhD in Bristol

J. Lawry (J.Lawry@bristol.ac.uk)
Tue, 27 Jul 1999 15:24:49 +0200 (MET DST)

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Phd Project studentship at the University of Bristol(UK) AI Group
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We have vacancy for a PhD student to work on the following project

Automated induction of fuzzy prototypes

under the supervision of Dr J. Lawry and Prof. J.F. Baldwin

Summary
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The need to learn concepts and rules automatically from data is of central
importance to a variety of developing technologies. Businesses like
supermarkets collect and store vast amounts of data about their customers
hoping to learn prototypical characteristics of certain types of consumers.
Autonomous agents must be used to cope with the complexity and large quantity
of information available on the www. Such an agent will need to learn
prototypes relating to the behaviour, preferences and requirements of those
it interacts with. A related issue is that of learning user-profiles according
to which intelligent systems can respond to the moods and preferences of their
users.

This project will use probabilistic and fuzzy approaches to learn prototypes
automatically from data. The fuzzy methods will be based on mass assignment
theory and will be used to give conceptual descriptions of the prototypes
enabling rule-base representations to be determined. Mass assignment theory
allows for the coherent and unified treatment of both probabilistic and
fuzzy uncertainty.

For more information on the AI Group and Staff involved see the following
web pages:

http://www.fen.bris.ac.uk/engmaths/staff/jl.html

http://www.fen.bris.ac.uk/engmaths/research/aigroup/enjfb.html

http://www.fen.bris.ac.uk/engmaths/research/aigroup/aigroup.html

Those interested should contact

Dr Jonathan Lawry email: j.lawry@bristol.ac.uk

or the Dept. Prograd. admissions tutor

Dr Trevor Martin email: trevor.martin@bristol.ac.uk

Dr Jonathan Lawry,
AI Group,
Dept. Engineering Mathematics,
University of Bristol,
Queens Building,
University Walk,
Bristol, BS8 1TR, UK

Email:j.lawry@bristol.ac.uk
Tel:+44 117 928 8184
http://www.fen.bris.ac.uk/engmaths/staff/jl.html

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