Prof. Hussein A. Abbass

School of Engineering and Information Technology
University of New South Wales - Canberra - Australia

Email: h D abbass A adfa D edu D au


Scientia PhD Scholarship for 2017

Topic: Can I Trust You, asked the AI: Learning Humansí Trustworthiness from EEG

Deadline for 2017 applications is 11th of November 2016

Value $40,000 per annum for 4 years + tuition fees for international students + $10,000 travel and development grant

What is "Scientia"?

The term "Scientia" is drawn from the University's arms and reflecting the University's commitment to the promotion of all branches of intellectual and practical scholarship. The word Scientia means "knowledge based on demonstrable and reproducible data" (Merriam-Webster dictionary). The term sits at the heart of this particular PhD project.

About the Scientia Scholarship?

UNSW Australia has launched a global drive to recruit 700 exceptional PhD students over the next 10 years.

This prestigious PhD scholarship is fully funded and offers a significant stipend to the successful applicant. The UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarships were established to attract the best research students to UNSW to work on cutting-edge game-changer topics.

This prestigious scholarship offers $40,000 stipend per annum for four years. In addition, a travel and development support package up to $10,000 per annum. For International Students, the scholarship will also include tuition scholarship which waves the fees.

Detailed guidelines for the Scholarship can be found at

The deadline for 2017 applications is 11th of November 2016

Project Title

Can I Trust You, asked the AI: Learning Humansí Trustworthiness from EEG


Joint Supervisors


Short Project Description

Machine-intelligence is leaving the laboratory. The question of when an artificial intelligence agent/robot can trust a human is gaining a greater practical significance than ever before. This project will extend our work on EEG for human-machine teaming and trusted autonomous systems with novel real-time machine learning models to estimate a humanís trustworthiness level during the control of a swarm of robots. The project will use an augmented virtuality environment that streams a live swarm-robotics task inside a virtual environment operated by a human. You should have a degree in computer science, mathematics or electrical engineering, and an aptitude to innovate.

Who should apply?

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How to apply?

The first screening of applicants will be done by the Principal Supervisor. Please send the following information in an email to Prof. Hussein Abbass at h.abbass "AT" and cc hussein.abbass "AT"


This scholarship is located at the UNSW campus in Canberra located at the Australian Defence Force Academy. Join our growing multi-cultural group with nationalities drawn from Australia, China, Egypt, Pakistan, Romania, and Vietnam.

About the Trusted Autonomy Research Group

The successful candidate will join one of the fast growing groups on campus in the area of Trusted Autonomy. The group is multi-disciplinary with more than 40+ academics, post-docs, and PhD students working on trusted autonomous systems with a focus on closed-loop human-swarm teaming and machine trust. More information about the group can be found at

More Information

Contact Professor Hussein Abbass at h.abbass "AT" and cc hussein.abbass "AT"