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Available PhD Projects
Full fee scholarships and stipends are offered by Monash University for suitably qualified applicants




Applicants are expected to apply for government and university scholarships through Monash University’s standard procedures for higher degree student funding.

PhD applicants with honours or research masters degree in an applicable computing discipline should contact me by email at Carlo.Kopp@Monash.edu. Curriculum vitae, references and an academic transcript of results are to be presented on request. For PhD applicants for whom English is not their first language, documentary evidence of English proficiency is required (IELTS 6.5).

PhD Research Projects on Offer
Evolutionary Impacts of Deception

Supervisor:
Dr Carlo Kopp
Associate Supervisor: Dr Kevin Korb

Funding: Full fee scholarships and stipends (~$27k) are offered by Monash University for suitably qualified applicants.

Disciplines:
Evolutionary Simulations, Agent-Based Models, Information Theory 

Project Overview:


Agent-based computational simulations are now widely employed to study the evolution of behaviour, e.g., predator-prey simulations, the evolution of cooperation and altruism, the evolution of niches and food chains. These methods implement evolutionary processes in virtual populations of software agents and explore the evolution of their behaviour in diverse environments. Many behaviours that are not well understood in biological systems, that are difficult or impossible to measure in real environments, can be accurately captured and understood using these techniques.

We are especially interested in exploring how deceptions, such as camouflage or mimicry, have impacted the evolution of species. Recent advances in the modelling of deception, using information-theoretic techniques, allow deceptions to be easily incorporated into evolutionary simulations.

Agent-based modelling and information-theoretic models can be employed to explore how deceptions could have evolved in biological systems: their evolutionary advantages and what circumstances are favourable or unfavourable for their evolution. The intent is to explore what is known of deception in biology and evolutionary psychology and to contribute to the underdeveloped field of the evolution of cognition.

This project is suited for a student with good skills in mathematics and computer science, and an interest in information theory and evolutionary science. PhD applicants with honours or research masters degree in an applicable computing discipline should contact me by email at Carlo.Kopp@Monash.edu. Curriculum vitae, references and an academic transcript of results are to be presented on request. For PhD applicants for whom English is not their first language, documentary evidence of English proficiency is required (IELTS 6.5).

Previous Related PhD Projects: Lachlan Brumley


Computational Modelling of Conformity in Social Systems

Supervisor: Dr Carlo Kopp
Supervisor: Dr Julian Garcia Gallego

Funding: Full fee scholarships and stipends (~$27k) are offered by Monash University for suitably qualified applicants.

Disciplines:
Simulations, Game Theory

Project Overview:


Computational simulations are now widely employed to study the behaviour of social systems, examples being market behaviours, and social media population behaviours. These methods rely heavily on game theoretical modelling, usually employing populations of software agents to emulate the behaviour of human populations. Researchers construct models, usually based on known games, and empirical data, and use these to explore how the population reacts to changes. Many behaviours that are not well understood in social systems can be accurately captured and understood using these techniques.

An example is the Groupthink problem, that is commonly defined as a psychological phenomenon arising within a group of people, where the pursuit of conformity in the group results in an irrational decision-making outcome. It has been well studied in the management and psychology literature. The best course of action to maintain group cohesion leads to a very poor outcome for the group. A project exploring Groupthink would develop new computational methods for modelling Groupthink that can account for real-world complexity in agents’ behaviour, and build realistic enough models that can fit past and present empirical instances.

This project is suited for a applicants with good skills in mathematics and computing, and an interest in game theoretic modelling methods. PhD applicants with honours or research masters degree in an applicable computing discipline should contact me by email at Carlo.Kopp@Monash.edu. Curriculum vitae, references and an academic transcript of results are to be presented on request. For PhD applicants for whom English is not their first language, documentary evidence of English proficiency is required (IELTS 6.5).

Related Reading: Avoiding the Pitfalls of the Dunning-Kruger Effect and Groupthink








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