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16 October, 2019 - 13:58 By Kate Sweeney

Flood forecast ML earns Cambridge PhD £80k funding

Robert Rouse, a PhD student at Cambridge, has received £80,000 in funding from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, founded by Prince Albert, for his research into the application of Bayesian machine learning methods to help predict the future risk of urban flooding, like the flash floods that hit the UK recently. 

The University of Cambridge Department of Engineering student has been pinpointed and chosen to receive an Industrial Fellowship by a panel of experts from EPSRC, Crossrail and other companies. Previous recipients of the Fellowship featuring 13 Nobel Laureates include Peter Higgs, who theorised the Higgs boson particle, and quantum physicist Paul Dirac.

The Commission was established by Prince Albert following the Great Exhibition in 1851 to help fund British science and technology and bring new inventions to commercialisation. 

Each year they award the UK’s best PhDs with Industrial Fellowships that show the most potential so they can carry out their academic research while working, while their research boosts UK industry.

Rouse will be working in conjunction with world-leading environmental engineering company Mott McDonald on a range of structural projects and new algorithms which can be implemented into data analysis pipelines.

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