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GTA-PhD Scholarship in Artificial Intelligence-based Model for the Discovery of Cognitive Behaviour Patterns of Esports Players

School of Computing and Digital Tech

Location:  Stoke campus
Tenure:   3-Year Fully Funded PhD Scholarship
Release Date:  Friday 05 June 2020
Closing Date:   Friday 31 July 2020
Reference:  CDT20-GTA2

Staffordshire University is pleased to announce a 3-year fully funded PhD scholarship in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies, to commence in September 2020 or January 2021. The successful candidate will receive an annual stipend of £15,285 with PhD tuition fees waived for three years. You will be expected to take up to 250 hours of teaching or teaching related activities per academic year in the School of Computing and Digital Technologies. The posts are located on the Stoke-On-Trent campus.

UK, EU and international candidates are eligible for this scholarship.

Project title: Development of Artificial Intelligence-based Model to Discover Cognitive Behaviour Patterns of Esports Players


Dr Ying-Ying Law, Lecturer Games Studies, Staffordshire University

Dr Mohammad Hasan, Senior Lecturer, Staffordshire University

Professor Huseyin Seker, Associate Dean (Research & Enterprise), Staffordshire University

Applications are invited for a 3-year fully funded PhD scholarship in the emergent areas of Artificial Intelligence and Esports to discover cognitive behaviour patterns of esports players. In-depth analysis of professional players’ play practices and performance has become a crucial measure for powerful teams. While the correlation between the player’s skill and in-game data has already been covered in several studies, there has been little research focusing on the analysis of esports players. Hence, this PhD project proposes a data analytics challenge to discover and analyse the cognitive behaviour patterns from different esports titles. In this project, you are therefore expected to research, develop and deploy an intelligent software tool that can be used to analyse and identity cognitive behaviour patterns of the teams and players in the teams. The model is subsequently expected to offer objective (rather than subjective) measurements to develop an in-depth analysis of professional players’ play practices and performances.


  • You will have or expect to have a UK Honours degree at 2.1 (or above), a Masters degree, or equivalent qualifications in Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Games Programming or similar discipline.

  • International applicants whose first language is not English are required to achieve IELTS 6.5 with a minimum score of 6 in each element

  • Strong programming skill in Phyton or similar language(s)

  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Esports, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Video Analytics, Data Analytics, Big Data Environment 

  • Ability to conduct research independently

  • Able to solve complex analytical and technical problems that occur within the application

  • Able to teach in Esports & Community Management and/or Games Programming

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr Ying-Ying Law (

How to apply 

Please submit your application online to Dr Ying-Ying Law ( by the deadline, with the following documents.

  1. Your CV

  2. A PhD research proposal based on the project description above (Proposals on other projects will not be considered for the scholarship). Your proposal should include the information given below and not exceed 2 pages. (What problem you plan to investigate? Your motivation for carrying out this research. Why is it important? How will it contribute to existing knowledge? a literature review, an outline of how you intend to carry out the your research, any special equipment, hardware and software required for your PhD project.)

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