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CASE provide funding for PhD studentships

Friday, 14 Jul 2017
Jeffrey Jones

Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) provide funding for PhD studentships where businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice.

In this instance, the successful candidate will join the Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics within the Complex Systems research group under the supervision of Dr Pete Burnap, and collaborate with Airbus Group Innovations at their site in South Wales.

This 4 year PhD project will investigate the possibility of training deep neural networks to detect malware using machine activity data during the execution of windows executable files. The novel element of the study will be to investigate the possibility of capturing the overall neuron activation state of the entire deep neural net and to identify areas of the net that can be optimized through recurrent feedback across the entire deep neural net using innovative methods beyond back propagation. Furthermore, this activity will be applied at scale on real-time sample throughput, so the project will also investigate methods for innovative input data reduction techniques and parallel training methods such as those supported by Apache SPARK and Microsoft’s Cognitive Toolkit. The outcomes of the project will lead to novel computer science articles. The student would be given full access to Airbus facilities in Newport and be integrated into the Cyber Operations team as a member of the research unit, providing first-hand industry R&T experience

The Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics is a research-led School in one of the UK’s premier universities with a leading, international reputation for excellent teaching and research activities. It hosts the Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Analytics.
More information on CASE awards and financial details can be found here -



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