Funded PhD Research Studentship in Constraint Programming

Dr Chris Jefferson at the School of Computer Science is offering funding for a student to undertake PhD research in Constraint Programming.

He is looking for a highly motivated research student with an interest in Artificial Intelligence and Algorithms. The studentship offers costs of fees for UK or EU students and an annual tax-free maintenance stipend of about £13,726 per year for 3.5 years. It might also be possible to fund non-EU students on an equivalent basis, so students of any nationality are encouraged to apply. Students should normally have or expect at least an upper-2nd class Honours degree or Masters degree in Computer Science or a related discipline.

Research topics of interest to Dr Jefferson include the automatic generation of propagation algorithms (, the automated creation of combinatorial puzzles (, or advances in Computational Group Theory. Dr Jefferson is also interested in any student suggested projects in the area of Constraint Programming.

For further information on how to apply, see our postgraduate web pages (

Candidates should address general queries to, or specific queries on the research topics to The application process will require an interview (by phone or voice-conference if appropriate).

The closing date for applications is June 5th 2014 and we aim to make decisions on studentship allocation by June 20th 2014.

CS1006 AI Competition

The annual CS1006 challenge took place yesterday in the subhonours lab. Students had been designing AIs to play John Nash’s game, Hex, this year.

Congratulations to the competition winners

Team – “Vanilla Dynamite’s Nuclear Computer Posse”

Students – Chris Lamb, Maria McParland and Robin Nabel.

An abundance of healthy foodstuff and some rather unique team names reflect the ingenuity and creativity of our first year students.

It’s always a fun session to end semester 2.