It is true that after completing our Engineering Degree and specially during the courses of a Master Degree a question frequently comes to our minds: "it is true that I like science and I like research and its results. Should I complete a PhD?".
If your answer is "yes" to the previous question, our research group offers you an experienced, dynamic and internationally-oriented research environment to develop your PhD in three main areas: data analysis and data mining; high performance computing; heuristic optimization. While the proposal of new methodologies in these areas is the principal characteristic of a PhD, real applications are also solved and presented in the PhD work. The publication of the research results in qualified international journals and conferences is a "mark-quality" of our group. Completing a qualified PhD with publications in pretigious forums can not only open you the gates of academic or research institutions: it is true that during the last years our close industrial and economic environment has more interest in the incorporation of qualified PhDs to their everyday practice.
Twenty-one PhD dissertations have been sucessfully completed in our group in the 2007-2016 period; among them, 17 have received an International PhD degree mention. In addition, 5 of these dissertations have received a PhD award from the University of the Basque Country ("Premio Extraordinario de Doctorado UPV-EHU"): only 1 of 10 PhDs received this prize. Most of the researchers who completed a PhD in our group are currently working on qualified (national and international) positions: both on University or research, as well as company positions, most of them working on areas related to the main topics of our research group.
In order to do a PhD it is mandatory to obtain a PhD grant which supports your work within the 4-years period. It is now time, specially during spring and summer months, to ask for PhD grants to different institutions that offer them: Spanish and Basque Government, and our University.
If this type of questions frequently come to your mind and you are attracted by the research lines of our group... do not continue with this doubt in your mind: come to any of us (specially to our group leader, Jose Antonio Lozano), and we will offer you all the needed information to form a final decision.