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Current mentors

Introduction

The Computer Science Mentoring Team is made up of a variety of 2nd and 3rd year research students, all of which have differing skills and research interests, but all of whom are ready to help.

Gavin Abercrombie

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Hi, I'm Gavin and I'm working on natural language processing/text mining. However, my background is more in the humanities/arts, so I frequently don't know what I'm doing. Get in touch with any PhD-related or other queries, or I can often be found at the Friday drinks and coffee sessions.

Tariq Ahmad

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Hi! I'm Tariq, a third year PhD student in the Formal Methods group, supervised by Professor Allan Ramsay. My work is focused on mining and analysing tweets with a view to constructing new (Arabic) lexicons. Studying for a PhD is definitely a lot of hard work but with motivation and a good relationship with your supervisor, you will succeed. Please feel free to contact me with any issues, concerns or questions you might have about anything related to your PhD.

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Alex Bogatu

Hello! I'm Alex, a PhD student (CDT) in the Information Management Group. I've been around since 2015 working under the supervision of Prof. Norman W. Paton and Dr. Alvaro A.A. Fernandes on Data Wrangling. I am a strong believer that the PhD is definitely not a struggle, but a unique experience and a challenge. As a mentor, I'm trying to inspire this view and to help people in any other way I can. You can get to know me better here https://goo.gl/qoXg9f.

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Jon Crawford

I'm Jon, a 2nd year CDT student. My supervisor is Dr Ke Chen and I am working on multi-task reinforcement learning. Doing a PhD can be one of the most challenging, but rewarding, experiences you will ever have. As a mentor, I hope to offer help with any issues you have on this journey. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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Dominic Duxbury

Hi, I'm Dom a PhD iCASE student from the Software Systems Group (September 2017 cohort). My project is related to decision analysis and data streams, supervised by Prof. John Keane and Prof. Norman Paton. PhDs are hard so let me know if you have any questions or issues.

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Lara Mazilu

Hello, I'm Lara, a PhD student from the 2015 CDT cohort. I am in the Information Management Group and my PhD project is related to a branch of Data Integration, namely schema mapping generation. More specifically, I try to bring together information from disjoint, heterogeneous sources (database schemas) in a meaningful way, i.e., correlating the data and eliminating redundancy as much as possible. I am supervised by Dr. Alvaro Fernandes and Prof. Norman Paton. Please feel free to contact me with any issue you may have, I would be more than happy to help.

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Alina Neculae

I'm Georgiana, a third year CDT student. I am part of the MLO (Machine Learning and Optimisation) group, supervised by Prof Gavin Brown. My project is looking at gaining a better understanding of Spiking Neural Networks in the context of Ensemble Learning. I became a mentor in the hope of helping new PhDs adjust more easily to their new environment so if you have any questions please feel free to send me an email; I am more than happy to help!

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Pejman Saeghe

Hi, I'm PJ. iCase PhD student from 2017 intake. Here at the UoM I'm in the Interaction Analysis and Modeling (IAM) lab. My supervisors are Prof Robert Stevens, Dr Sarah Clinch, and Prof Stephen Pettifer. I'm working with the BBC R&D to understand how augmented reality can be incorporated into television broadcasting in order to create engaging experiences. I became a mentor to help create an inclusive environment for new PhD students. I am happy to chat and try to help you find answers to your questions.

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Alessio Sarullo

Hello! I'm Alessio, a 3rd year PhD student. My supervisor is Dr Tingting Mu and I am working on Scene Graph Generation, that is, to automatically produce a graph that describes what's happening in a given image. I know that starting a PhD can be intimidating, so I have become a mentor to help new students through their first year. Please contact me if you have any issue!

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Viktor Schlegel

Hi, I'm Viktor, a PhD student in the Information Management Group. My supervisors are Dr. Andre Freitas and Dr. Jonathan Shapiro. In my project I'm working on Question Answering over unstructured text at scale, which involves Text Mining, Natural Language Processing, Data Management and many other exciting things. When I first arrived in Manchester, I found it most helpful to have senior students sharing their experiences. This tradition I'm willing to carry on - please feel free to contact me with any questions related to the changes in scenery which a newly-begun PhD might bring along.

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Cameron Shand

I'm Cameron, a 3rd year CDT student. I'm supervised by Prof John Keane and Dr Richard Allmendinger, and we're looking at how to better cluster data in nonstationary environments. As a mentor I want to help with any questions you might have, and particularly as I'm from a very non-CS background if you're in a similar boat and have concerns I'll try to help dispel those worries!

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Emma Tattershall

Hi, I'm Emma, a second year CDT student in the Text Mining group. I am working on detection fashionable topics in scientific literature, supervised by Prof. Goran Nenadic. My background is in Physics rather than Compsci, so feel free to ask me if you're also making a transition!

Hao Zhou

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Hi, I am Hao, a third-year student from the Machine Learning Group. I am working on the project of speech emotion recognition, supervised by Dr. Ke Chen. Phd study is a long journey and may sometimes go not as you expected, but trust me, it is one of the most rewarding experiences you will ever find. Feel free to ask me any question about your Phd study and I would be very happy to help