CAMREC: Research studentships with the CPM

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Subject: CAMREC: Research studentships with the CPM

The Centre for Policy Modelling (CPM) will be offering up to three
funded PhD studentships to begin in October, 1999.

The CPM develops computational modelling methodologies, software and
demonstrator applications for the analysis of complex processes
involving interaction among real actors and cognitive software agents.
Applications have been in the social sciences and, increasingly, in the
area of intelligent multi-agent systems. A relatively new area of
interest is integrated agent-based modelling of complex social and
physical systems and interactions between them. The corresponding
application is to new modelling technologies and methodologies to
support the analysis of the impacts of climate change.

The CPM produces, maintains and continues to develop SDML, a major
social simulation modelling language with a user community base
comprising modellers in nearly 50 universities and research institutes

Areas in which the CPM offers research supervision include:

   * Declarative programming languages
   * Complex systems modelling
   * Integrated assessment modelling of the impacts of climate change
     (to be registered either with the Oxford University Environmental
     ChangeUnit or the CPM but spending significant amounts of time in
     each of these institutes).
   * Computational organization theory
   * Theorem proving with respect to simulation model properties
   * Computational modelling methodology
   * Critical incident and crisis management
   * Intelligent information agents
   * Modelling markets
   * Integration of statistical methods and formal logics with
     simulation modelling technology
   * Philosophical issues associated with modelling complex systems

University studentships are available for candidates interested in any
of the CPM's areas of research. These studentships cover full fees for
applicants from the European Union and stipends at the same rates as
offered by the research councils. The UK government requires students
from outside the EU to pay an additional fee which would not normally be
covered by a studentship.

The deadline for University studentships is 14 May.

UK-based candidates with a particular interest in social impacts of
climate change are invited to apply for a joint NERC/ESRC studentship.
A successful candidate under that scheme would be supervised jointly by
Scott Moss of the CPM and Tom Downing of the Oxford University
Environmental Change Unit.

UK-based candidates with particular interests in modelling issues
related to management and business (for example, organization science or
market processes) are invited to apply to the ESRC for a PhD
studentship to work in the CPM.

For both the ESRC and the NERC/ESRC studentships, applications must be
received by the ESRC not later than 1 May.

All interested candidates, including those applying for NERC/ESRC or
ESRC studentships, should contact Scott Moss ( in the
first instance.

The CPM's web site, including on-line technical reports, is at

Scott Moss
Centre for Policy Modelling
Manchester Metropolitan University
Aytoun Building
Manchester M1 3GH

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