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Vision-based 3D Human Posture Estimation and Musculoskeletal Regression

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, February 07, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for a funded 3.5-year PhD studentship in Computer Vision and Deep Learning.

This project will develop state-of-the-art algorithms and software solutions in exploiting and making advances in computer vision and deep learning techniques to move toward intelligent understanding of human body and musculoskeletal with visual data. In particular, the latest advances in computer vision and deep learning will be explored significantly to estimate appearance-based 3D human body poses and regress concurrent muscle activations.

The research project aims to make an important step in bringing recent computer vision techniques to understand the detailed, musculoskeletal-level physics of human movement and make a breakthrough in cervical dystonia diagnosis and assessment. This research brings together a multidisciplinary team of world-leading experts on AI (computer vision), sports science (muscle mechanics) and Neurology (dystonia) in order to fulfil the novel and important research objectives of the project. Furthermore, in this research, multimodal data including a motion caption data (Qualisys) and EMG (Electromyogram) sensor data, and human body simulators would be combined as well as vision data.

The successful candidate will join the Intelligent Robotics Lab at the School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham. You will be supervised by Dr. Hyung Jin Chang (


Applicants should have a first class or good upper second in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, or closely related field. Applicants also need to have a strong background in mathematics and high proficiency in programming, e.g., Python, C++ or Matlab. Excellent coding skills with good understanding on deep learning, and paper publication experiences would be highly beneficial. An MSc project in machine learning, deep learning or computer vision related areas would be beneficial but not essential.

Funding Notes

The position offered is for three and a half years full-time study. The value of the award is stipend; £15,009 pa; tuition fee: £4,327.

Eligibility: 2:1 Honours undergraduate degree and/or postgraduate degree with Distinction (or an international equivalent) in a numerate subject, such as Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or Physics. Excellent problem solving skills and programming skills are required.

If your first language is not English and you have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will have to provide an English language qualification.

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