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Vision, Speech and Signal Processing

PhD studentships at the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing

Six fully-funded PhD studentships are available for outstanding candidates to join the University of Surrey’s Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing - Ranked 1st for Computer Vision in the UK and 3rd in Europe.

CVSSP aims to create machines that can see and hear to understand the world around them.

We are pleased to offer new opportunities for funded studentship within the Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP) – a leading UK research centre in audio-visual signal processing, computer vision and machine learning, advancing scientific and practical application of AI and machine perception for the benefit of society.

Research in the Centre is conducted in collaboration with UK industry and has led to award-winning spin-out companies in the biometric, communication, medical and creative industries.

Funding is available for up to six PhD studentships starting 2019/2020 in the following areas of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Perception research:

  • Audio-visual Signal Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Science for Media
  • Computational Photography and 3D Video
  • Spatial Audio and Machine Audition
  • Robot Vision and Autonomous Systems
  • Biometrics and Surveillance
  • Medical Image Analysis and Healthcare Technology
  • Multimedia Communication Systems
  • Digital Doubles and Free-viewpoint Video
  • Vision and Audio for TV, Film, Games, Virtual and Augmented Reality
Vision, Speech and Signal Processing


These three-year PhD studentships will cover home/EU university tuition fees, a tax-free maintenance grant of up to £14,777 per annum and contribution to travel costs to present your research at national and international conferences. Opportunities are also available for industry sponsored PhD studentships which may attract an enhanced stipend.


These studentships will cover home/EU university tuition fees, however they are open to overseas students provided they can support the difference between home and overseas fees (£16,540).

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Our Centre is ranked number one for Computer Vision in the UK and it is one of the largest in Europe with over 150 researchers and a grant portfolio in excess of £23million. CVSSP brings together a unique combination of cutting-edge sound and vision expertise, with an outstanding track-record of innovative research leading to technology transfer and exploitation in biometrics, creative industries (film, TV, games, VR, AR), mobile communication, healthcare, robotics, autonomous vehicles and consumer electronics.

Postgraduate research with CVSSP

CVSSP promotes an exciting, supportive and inclusive research environment. Secondments with industry and international groups are encouraged during the PhD to broaden experience and to ensure research is kept relevant to real-world problems. Our PhD researchers contribute to advancing the state-of-the art through publication and by participating in leading international forums. The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES) 2018 ranked the University of Surrey 7th in the UK out of 63 and 4th for retention and completion.

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