The PhD project aims to develop a novel clinical decision support system for diagnosis, prognosis and personalized treatment in the field of Psychiatry. It is worth noting that, in the European Union, more than 30% of people are affected each year by mental disorders. Datasets in medicine routinely involve thousands of heterogeneous variables, including clinical, neuroimaging, genomic and proteomic measures. The analysis of these datasets is challenging, especially when the number of measurements exceeds the number of individuals. Deep learning methods have brought breakthroughs in many fields including image recognition, video and sound analyses among others.
The PhD student will process datasets consisting of both biological and clinical variables with a convolutional neural network. Her/his main objectives will be to show that such a deep neural network can make a piecewise linear approximation of the data manifold and that it can exploit this approximation to predict a (clinical) score defined over this manifold. Deep learning architectures are known to act as black boxes. By studying the theoretical properties of a deep architecture for linearizing the data manifold, we expect to make the results explainable.
This work will be done in collaboration with The King's College of London (UK).
Candidates should have (or expect to achieve prior to August 2020) a MSc degree (or equivalent) in Applied Mathematics or Computer Science (or a related discipline). Applicants are expected to possess fundamental knowledge and skills in one or more of the following aspects: Machine learning, Deep learning, Statistical estimation/decision theory, Numerical optimization and Good programming skills.
Applicants will only be eligible if they have lived or had their main activity (work, studies etc.) in France for less than 12 months within the past three years at the time of recruitment (Septembre 1st 2020). In other words,
this offer is dedicated to students who have studied/worked outside of France (grant from European Union’s Horizon H2020 research and innovation programme).
Location: Sophia Antipolis (France) and London (UK)
Deadline to apply: 20 march 2020
More details (detailed PhD Topic, salary, duration, how to apply, etc.) on the website
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