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PhD Scholarship for Content Based Image Retrieval Research, BBC Technology Group/University of Surrey

PhD Scholarship for Content Based Image Retrieval Research

BBC Technology Group
Future Media & Technology

BBC Research http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/index.shtmlis offering a
scholarship with Centre of Vision, Speech and Signal Processing,
University of Surrery http://www.ee.surrey.ac.uk/CVSSP/to investigate
content based image retrieval. The scholarship is for a maximum of three
years. UK-nationals will be eligible for an annual tax-free stipend of
15,000 in addition to University fees at UK/EU level. Non-UK
individuals are welcome to apply but the terms and conditions may
differ. Applications should include a detailed CV , including
publications, referee names or recommendation letters and a transcript
of marks for the courses followed. The applications can be sent
electronically to
 Denise Bland 
 Krystian Mikolajczyk 

Deadline: 30 July 2007 
Start date: 1 October 2007

The aim of the scholarship is to research and develop a system to
retrieve and classify content sent in by the public to the BBC using
image classification techniques. 

Under the guidance of Surrey Universitys PhD supervisor and the BBCs
lead technologist, to undertake research work on content based image
To develop the skills required to deliver work to deadlines and
To investigate and offer possible solutions to content based image
classification problems, exercising innovation and engineering judgement
to identify options for methods or techniques for undertaking the work. 
To document research work as it is undertaken, including making
contributions to formal project progress reports and presenting papers
at international conferences. 
To gain an understanding and experience of research planning and
specification techniques. 
To develop a sound understanding of leading edge technology relevant to
image classification and retrieval. 
To ensure that at all times safe working practices are used in
accordance with BBC and statutory safety standards.

An MSc degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Mathematics,
Electrical or Electronic Engineering or Physics.
A background in statistics and mathematics with good software skills,
preferably C++.
Interest in future trends that will affect how the BBC produces and
distributes its content.
Proven commitment to working in a technology innovation/implementation
Ability to work as part of a team.