Game Theory; exploring novel reinforcement learning algorithms and/or other techniques from machine learning

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    Cardiff University
    United Kingdom
    Formal sciences



This project will aim to build on research by exploring novel reinforcement learning algorithms and/or other techniques from machine learning (such as deep learning).


The prisoner’s dilemma continues to be a prime area of research used to understand emergent social behaviour as well as biologic behaviour such as tumour growth. This research project aims to contribute to this study by applying modern research techniques from other fields. For example, recent work within the group has shown the potential for self-recognition mechanisms to evolve using realistic reinforcement learning algorithms.

Project aims and methods:

The scope of the project is not limited to the prisoner’s dilemma but will almost certainly make use of a lot of computational expertise. Candidates willing to increase their skills in research software engineering should find this particularly interesting. Furthermore, there is scope to apply analytical game theoretic method to not only understand the potential for training mechanism but find bounds on performance as well as optimise certain micro behaviours.

This work has the potential to impact not only our understanding of social/biological behaviour but also develop novel training methodologies with applications to machine learning and artificial intelligence.

What is funded

Self-funded students only. 

How to Apply: 

Applicants should submit an application for postgraduate study via the online application service : http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programm...

In the research proposal section of your application, please specify the project title and supervisors of this project.

We are interested in pursuing this project and welcome applications if you are self-funded or have funding from other sources, including government sponsorships or your employer.

In the funding section, please select the ’self -funding’ option and specify the project title.



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