PhD Studentship: Automated Verification and Synthesis through Coalgebras
University of Southampton School of Agents, Interactions & Complexity
United Kingdom

PhD Studentship: Automated Verification and Synthesis through Coalgebras


Agents, Interactions & Complexity


Location:  Highfield Campus

Closing Date:  Sunday 30 June 2019

Reference:  1129019FP

Supervisor: Dr Corina Cirstea                        

Project description


As part of this project, you will work on developing new foundations for quantitative verification, grounded in the theory of coalgebras.


Coalgebras are mathematical structures ideally suited for modelling state-based, dynamical systems. They come equipped with modal logics that support reasoning about the temporal behaviour of systems, both qualitatively and quantitatively.


During your PhD, you will help build a synergy between the fields of coalgebra and automated verification. Your project will contribute to the development of a new research area of coalgebraic model checking, aimed at extending the applicability of automated verification and synthesis to complex systems, whose modelling requires richer, more flexible models than currently supported. Models incorporating resource information are a prime example, and application areas include energy-aware systems, with a need to minimise energy usage while achieving desired behaviour; and autonomous systems, with a need for on-the-fly synthesis of resource-optimal plans.


Please contact Dr Corina Cirstea ( for further details.  

Key facts


Entry requirements: first or upper second-class degree or equivalent in Computer Science or Mathematics

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 30 June 2019 for standard admissions, but later applications may be considered depending on the funds remaining in place. Early applications (before 1 May 2019) are encouraged as the position may be filled before the actual deadline.


Duration: four years (full-time)


Funding: full tuition fees, for UK/EU students, and a tax-free stipend of £15,009 per year


Assessment: Nine month and 18 month reports, viva voce and thesis examination


Start date: September 2019



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