Note to prospective students

Here is some information for prospective students who might be interested in working with me (last updated: December, 2014).

If I come to the School of Informatics, can I work with you?

Matching students to advisors is done relatively early at Edinburgh, and students usually know who they are going to work with before they join the school as Ph.D. students. If you are interested in working with me, please explicitly mention that in your application, so that it is also routed to me. Also it would be good if you separately get in touch with me (see question below).

How should I get in touch with you?

Send me an email (scohen [strudel] inf.ed.ac.uk). Please provide some background about yourself, your current academic status and the reason you think my research is a good fit for your interests. A CV with a list of publications (if there are any), or alternatively, a pointer to your home page, would also be helpful. If you are visiting Edinburgh or you are already a student here, setting up a meeting with me is the best way to see if we are a good match for working together. If you want to get the big picture of what I do, check out my publications page here. The more recent a publication is, the more representative it is of my current interests.

What kind of students are you looking for?

I am looking for students who have an interest in natural language processing or machine learning. You should also have relatively strong programming skills and mathematical maturity. Right now I am especially interested in applying linear algebra to statistical learning of language through spectral learning. In general, I am interested in structured prediction for NLP and machine learning.

I am a Master's or undergraduate student who needs to find a project supervisor or complete a Master's project as part of my Data Science CDT programme. Can I work with you?

You are more than welcome to send me an email or meet with me to see if I have a project which suits your skills and interests. For the Master's and undergraduate programme, the projects I currently propose for students are listed on the Informatics webpages. However, on certain occasions, when I am convinced the student can design a project of his/her own, I am happy to listen to student suggestions for projects.

The scope of a Master's project for CDT students is slightly larger, and in such a case, I expect some independence from the student on making a concrete project proposal. I will provide guidance throughout the process and give you suggestions for different topics to explore.