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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Distributed Algorithms

The what, how and where of next-generation data science.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) are one of the main ways through which UK Research and Innovation provide support for doctoral training. EPSRC is the principle UK government agency investing more than £800million a year. EPSRC-funded CDTs bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists in "areas of national need".

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Distributed Algorithms (DA CDT) will train a cohort of 60 students to have the skills and experience that enables them to become leaders in Distributed Algorithms: capitalising on “Future Computing Systems” to move “Towards a Data-Driven Future”.

The DA CDT will empower the next leaders of data science, giving them the skills and experience needed to solve pressing industrial problems by co-defining “where” and “how” future algorithms will be distributed across tomorrows hardware. By fulfilling this critical training need, the DA CDT will enable the UK to take the lead in Distributed Algorithms.

The DA CDT will maximise the likelihood of impact by providing its students world-leading experience such as:

  • Engagement with internationally-leading supercomputing centre the STFC’s Hartree Centre
  • Access to state-of-the-art computing hardware from IBM Research
  • Interdisciplinary cohort training and development experiences delivered by Alan Turing Institute
  • A 3-6 month placement with the project partner.

The DA CDT will co-create projects with our external partners that develop high-performance solutions and deliver commercial and/or societal gains. This focus has aided the current external partners in their development of the business case for financially supporting the studentships and will be the path to the sustainability of the DA CDT. However, other organisations are likely to benefit in the future and the DA CDT is anticipating a larger portfolio of organisations. 

The CDT is funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Liverpool and external partners.