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Primary supervisor: Shujie Cui

Verifiable Dynamic Searchable Symmetric Encryption (VDSSE) enables users to securely outsource databases (document sets) to cloud servers and perform searches and updates. The verifiability property prevents users from accepting incorrect search results returned by a malicious server. However, the community currently only focuses on preventing malicious behavior from the server but ignores incorrect updates from the client, which are very likely to happen in multi-user settings. Indeed most existing VDSSE schemes are not sufficient to tolerate incorrect updates from users. For instance, del

Primary supervisor: Amin Sakzad

The security threat by quantum computing to almost all currently used digital signatures was triggered by the discovery of Shor’s quantum algorithm, which efficiently breaks the two problems underlying the security of these schemes, namely integer factoring, and elliptic curve discrete logarithms (ECDLP). When quantum computers become widespread, all security for the current digital signatures that are widely used to secure a wide range of systems is lost.

Primary supervisor: Ron Steinfeld

Since the 1990s, researchers have known that commonly-used public-key cryptosystems (such as RSA and Diffie-Hellman systems) could be potentially broken using efficient algorithms running on a special type of computer based on the principles of quantum mechanics, known as a quantum computer. Due to significant recent advances in quantum computing technology, this threat may become a practical reality in the coming years. To mitigate against this threat, new `quantum-safe’ (a.k.a.

Primary supervisor: Buser Say

Planning is the reasoning side of acting in Artificial Intelligence. Planning automates the selection and the organization of actions to reach desired states of the world as best as possible. For many real-world planning problems however, it is difficult to obtain a transition model that governs state evolution with complex dynamics.

Primary supervisor: Buser Say

SCIPPlan [1,2,3] is a SCIP-based [4] hybrid planner for domains with i) mixed (i.e., real and/or discrete valued) state and action spaces, ii) nonlinear state transitions that are functions of time, and iii) general reward functions. SCIPPlan iteratively i) finds violated constraints (i.e., zero-crossings) by simulating the state transitions, and ii) adds the violated constraints back to its underlying optimization model, until a valid plan is found. The purpose of this project is to extend SCIPPlan to stochastic domains using hindsight optimization.

Primary supervisor: Yuan-Fang Li

This multidisciplinary project combines cutting-edge Natural Language Processing (NLP), Chinese Studies and Political Science. The project aims to develop a deeper understanding of how official discourse has developed throughout the history of the People’s Republic of China. The main focus will be on text in the People’s Daily, the largest newspaper in China and the official newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.

Primary supervisor: Mladen Rakovic

To create a discussion post, students often need to properly integrate course materials (i.e., information from a textbook) and clearly communicate this new knowledge to their peers, initiating a productive topic-oriented discussion that benefits learning achievements in the course. Students thus often need to engage in high levels of knowledge construction while composing their posts to fully benefit from discussion activities. This, however, remains a challenge to many students.

Primary supervisor: Bohan Zhuang

Equipped with the self-attention mechanism that has strong capability of capturing long-range dependencies, Transformer based models have achieved significant breakthroughs in many computer vision (CV) and natural language processing (NLP) tasks, such as machine translation, image classification and so on. However, the good performance of Transformers comes at a high computational cost. For example, a single Transformer model requires more than 10G Mult-Adds to translate a sentence of only 30 words.

Primary supervisor: Lizhen Qu

Commonsense reasoning refers to the ability of capitalising on commonly used knowledge by most people, and making decisions accordingly. This process usually involves combining multiple commonsense facts and beliefs to draw a conclusion or judgement. While human trivially performs such reasoning, current Artificial Intelligence models fail, mostly due to challenges of acquiring relevant knowledge and forming logical connections between them. This project aims to develop and evaluate machine learning models for commonsense reasoning, with question answering as the key application. 

Primary supervisor: Lizhen Qu

Chatbots for mental health are shown to be helpful for preventing mental health issues and improving the wellbeing of individuals, and to ease the burden on health, community and school systems.  However, the current chatbots in this area cannot interact naturally with humans and the types of interactions are limited to short text, predefined buttons etc. In contrast, psychologists in real-world interact with patients with multiple modalities, including accustic and visual information.