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Deep Learning and Image Analysis for Paintings and Drawings

   Department of Computer Science

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

This project uses advanced deep learning based computer vision algorithms to analyse and understand the context of paintings, drawings and cartoon, which are also known as non-photorealistic imagery.

About This Project

Deep learning based computer vision has enabled computers to analyze images and recognize their content. In this project, you will research on state-of-the-art deep learning algorithms to empower computers understanding non-photorealistic imagery such as painting, drawings and cartoon. Our team works with Art UK, the largest UK online art organisation representing over 3,000 UK museums, to create real-world impact. Artworks that consists of human beings are of particular interest, as they usually come with heavier context delivered through the humans’ postures and the facial expressions. As artworks may come with different styles and the drawn humans may not closely resemble the real-world ones, you will research on algorithms to transfer the success of real-world images based computer vision algorithms into the domain of artistic-styles images. This can facilitate a large-scale, data-driven analysis of artworks for a better understanding of art trend and history.

Related past research from our team includes:


As a PhD student, you will be supervised by Dr Hubert Shum (http://hubertshum.com/), who is an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Durham University. He has published over 100 research papers in the fields of computer vision, computer graphics, motion analysis and machine learning. He has led funded research projects awarded by the UK Research Council, the Ministry of Defence and the Royal Society. This has facilitated him to supervised 23 PhDs and 6 Post-doctoral Researchers. Engaging both the academic and the industry, he hosted international conferences such as BMVC and the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on MIG, as well as served as an Associate Editor of CGF and a Guest Editor of IJCV.

During the PhD study, you will receive comprehensive training and research coaching through regular one-to-one meetings with Dr Shum. Such interactive and tailored support can develop your strength and consolidate your research knowledge. Furthermore, Dr Shum’s research team has a supportive culture with team members from all over the world, which provides assistance and collaboration opportunities to each other. These have facilitated his past PhDs to publish their research in prestige journals (e.g. IEEE TIP, IEEE TVCG and IEEE TMM) and to develop their successful career.

Durham University

The position is based in Durham University, which is ranked the 4th in the UK by the Guardian and top 100 in the world by QS Top Universities. As a member of the elite Russell Group, Durham University focuses on research excellence delivered by world-class academics. It is located at Durham in North East England, which is one of the safest cities in the UK with an affordable living cost. The Department of Computer Science is one of the fastest-growing departments in the University, supported by major investments in staff recruitment and a £40m new academic building. 83% of its research outputs are considered as “world-leading” and “internationally excellent” by the UK Research Excellence Framework.

Entry Requirements

How to Apply

You are encouraged to send an email with a resume to Dr Hubert Shum for initial discussions. More information on http://hubertshum.com/

Formal applications should be done via https://www.dur.ac.uk/computer.science/postgraduate/research/

Funding Notes

This is a self-funded PhD position.

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