PhD in Engineering: Quantitative evaluation of creativity using computational semantics
|Application deadline||2 July 2019|
|Start date||October 2018, January 2019, April 2019 or July 2019.|
|Level of study||Postgraduate research|
|Award type||PhD studentship|
|Number of studentships||One|
Creativity is regarded as one of the most desirable qualities; it involves divergent and convergent thinking.
Divergent thinking is particularly important in early stages of product design. It refers to associative and intuitive thought, and thinking that requires flexibility. It is the ability to develop many possible solutions to a problem, some of them unique and novel, which may, though, differ in their quality. Divergent thinking is measured using various models.
For example, the Guilford model uses fluency, flexibility, originality and elaboration to measure how creative a person is. On the other hand, the taxonomy of creative design assesses how creative a work is. It classifies creative work as an imitation of another work, a variation on a single work, a combination of two or more works, a transformation of a work into a completely new form, or a creation that is previously unrecognisable.
Project aims and methods
The aim of this project is to develop computational methods based on semantics to measure how creative a person is in the context of the Guilford model and how creative a work is in the context of the taxonomy of creative design.The main innovation is in using computer vision and computational semantics to measure the semantic distance between concepts used in the creative output.
You will be expected to produce high quality journal articles for scientific publication during the course of your PhD and would be expected to participate and present your research in international conferences.
You will benefit from an excellent research training environment provided by the High-Value Manufacturing group led by Professor Rossi Setchi.
Professor of High-Value Manufacturing
Deputy Head of School, Director of Research
|Tuition fee support||Other|
|Maintenance stipend||The PhD studentship is self-funded for a period of 4 years. Some funding might be made available for attending international conferences, travel and research consumables.|
|Residency||Open to all students of any nationality without restrictions (UK/EU and International)|
You are expected to fulfil the following criteria in order to be considered for this position:
Please apply to the PhD in Engineering with a start date of October 2018, January 2019, April 2019 or July 2019.
In the “Research Proposal and Funding” section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project and copy the project description in the text box provided.
Please include a CV as a supporting document with your application.
Applications will be accepted all year round until a suitable candidate is found.
We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.