Deadline: 1 November 2015
Open to: UK/EU and International students
Scholarship: a maintenance grant of £14,000 per annum
Bournemouth University, UK is offering fully-funded PhD studentship for the research project “Time-varying 3D Face Reconstruction” which aims to generate a sequence of moving 3D faces in slow motion, to use for extracting 3D cues of expressions in computer animation and capturing subtle expressions as studied in Psychology. This project will also likely bring a promising cutting-edge technology to the Forensics and Security field. For example, one of research foci is to extract 3D cues of a face, enhancing witness memory to aid manhunts and Identity Parades. Due to the limited viewpoint variance and a lack of depth cues in 2D images/videos, the available reconstruction methods inevitably have unbearable distortions. This project will tackle this challenge, further reconstructing a sequence of 3D faces with expressions from a video/image sequence. Further research will apply such 3D approach separately to facial expression editing in animation production and identifying subtle expressions of emotion in Psychology. This will test the hypothes is that the reconstructed 3D faces can provide more expression cues than the 2D counterparts.
Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified. Candidates for funded PhD studentship must demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 3 years. All candidates must satisfy the University’s minimum doctoral entry criteria for studentships of an honours degree at Upper Second Class (2.1) and/or an appropriate Masters degree. An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (or equivalent) is essential for candidates for whom English is not their first language.
Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £14,000 (unless otherwise specified) per annum, to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 36 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.
How to apply?
The deadline for applications is 1 November 2015. To apply please complete the BU Research Degree Application form 2015 and submit to the Postgraduate Research Administrator for Admissions, Suzy Kempinski, via email to [email protected]