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From Image to Text and Back – A Round Trip

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, February 09, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

The University of Bath is inviting applications for the following PhD project under the supervision of Prof Peter Hall in the Department of Computer Science.

Style Transfer is a popular problem in Visual Computing in which input photographs are converted to look like artwork. All but a few of the current algorithms are limited because they transfer only texture. The handful of algorithms that do more than that are specialised to faces or text.

You will develop a different approach to enable much more than texture transfer. In particular, you will develop algorithms that convert input images to text, and algorithms that convert text to images. You will show the power of your algorithms by combining them to create a new approach to style transfer.

You will join a lively group of seven PhDs and visiting researchers, all working in allied areas. This group rests within an excellent larger cohort that is the Visual Computing group at Bath. There will opportunities to apply your work, or work with others to apply your work in companies as diverse as Computer Games, Graphic Design, Mobile Apps, as well as with charities and/or academics in Art History.

For more information, see:

Candidate requirements:

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate an excellent academic track record and should hold, or expect to receive, a First Class or good Upper Second Class Honours degree, or the equivalent from an overseas university. A master’s level qualification would also be advantageous.

Mathematical acumen is essential; coding ability is a strong advantage. The applicant will be expected in the highest quality forums, and to travel both in the UK and overseas to present their work.

How to apply:

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Prof Peter Hall, .

Formal applications should be made via the University of Bath’s online application form for a PhD in Computer Science

More information about applying for a PhD at Bath may be found here:

Anticipated start date: 28 September 2020.

Funding Notes

UK and EU students who have been ordinarily resident in the UK since September 2017 will be considered for an EPSRC DTP studentship. Funding will cover UK/EU tuition fees, maintenance at the UKRI Doctoral Stipend rate (£15,009 per annum, 2019/20 rate) and a training support grant of £1,000 per annum for 3.5 years.

Applicants classed as Overseas for tuition fee purposes are not eligible for funding; however, we welcome all-year-round applications from self-funded candidates and candidates who can source their own funding.

For more information on eligibility: View Website.


Tan et al. Text2Scene: Generating Compositional Scenes from Textual Descriptions. CVPR 2019.
Wang et al. Example-Guided Style-Consistent Image Synthesis From Semantic Labeling. CVPR 2019.

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