Wednesday, January 23, 2008

PhD Studentship in the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing - University of Surrey, UK

PhD Studentship
Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing
Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences

(Ref: 6435)

This is your opportunity to study for a PhD at the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing, one of the UK’s premier research centres in Computer Vision. The studentship is available immediately and covers both tuition fees and a maintenance grant for 3 years. Successful applicants will join an expanding research group within the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing, which currently has three professors, a reader and seven lecturers, twenty research fellows and about fifty PhD students. CVSSP has an international reputation for the excellence of its research and, in the last Research Assessment Exercise, the Department (of Electronic Engineering) was awarded grade 5*A.

The studentship is part of the EU project ‘DIPLECS’ which seeks to design a Cognitive Architecture that can learn how to drive a car by watching a human. The system will be demonstrated in two domains: providing driver feedback in a real car as part of an assisted safety system and in the autonomous control of model RC devices.

The studentship will investigate visual learning in the domain of weak supervision. Such weak supervision could take the form of object categorisation learnt from images gathered from the internet or using linguistics in the form of commentary to build concepts of objects and actions. The focus will be upon the generic techniques to perform learning from noisy unlabelled data.

Candidates should hold a 1st or 2i honours degree or Masters degree or equivalent in a scientific discipline (e.g., Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Computing), and should have good written/spoken English and demonstrate an aptitude for the research area. Prior experience in computer vision, image processing or machine learning would be advantageous.

The studentship is available for UK, EU or overseas students and will include tuition fees and an annual bursary of approximately £12,800. For exceptional candidates an additional top-up may be available. Informal enquiries are welcome and may be made to Dr Richard Bowden ( ) or Professor Josef Kittler ( )

Applications in the form of a C.V., a statement of research interests and a completed PhD application form ( ) should be sent to Mrs Nan Bennett by e-mail ( ) or by post to Postgraduate Admissions Office, Registry Student Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH

Please quote Post Ref 6435
Closing date for applications is Friday 8 February 2008

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