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EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in Computer Science and Geographical Information Science (PhD Studentship)

Reference Number: R1138
Closing Date: Closed for applications
Duration: 3.5 years
Funding Amount: full UK/EU tuition fees, plus stipend of £16,000 p.a.
Level of Study: Postgraduate Research
Regions: EU (Non UK), UK
This funding opportunity is now closed for application

Applications are invited for a fully funded EPSRC iCASE PhD studentship for 3.5 years based at Cardiff University on a project in collaboration with Ordnance Survey, the national mapping agency of Great Britain.

About the Project

The research aims to enrich the geometry and semantics of 3D building models by extracting information automatically from photographs, diagrammatic illustrations and their associated textual annotations. The resulting digital models will enable users of mobile and desktop applications to explore and retrieve information about the built environment in more detail than is currently possible.

Digital 3D building models have uses in a variety of disciplines including urban planning, radio communications and in the cultural heritage industries. There is great potential to exploit 3D models in mobile and desktop applications to allow the user to explore real world and virtual environments and to find out about the origins and events associated with individual features of buildings. In practice most of the existing 3D building models have little or no descriptive information linked to their geometry and images, which greatly limits their usefulness. This project seeks to improve the quality of 3D building models by extracting geometric information from photographs of buildings and annotating the models with information from illustrations in architectural and cultural heritage guides.

You will be working as part of an internationally renowned research team at Cardiff University in the fields of Visual Computing and of Geographical Information Systems. You will also be expected to work for several weeks per year at Ordnance Survey, to gain experience of digital mapping systems and the development and application of 3D building models.

Start Date: 1 January 2014

Supervisors: Professor Chris Jones and Professor Paul Rosin


Residency Criteria: Full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements. To be eligible for the full award, EU Nationals must have been in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the course for which they are seeking funding, including for the purposes of full-time education. EU Nationals who do not meet the above residency requirement are eligible for a fees only award, provided that they have been ordinarily resident in the EU for at least 3 years prior to the start of their proposed programme of study.

Applicants from outside the EU are not eligible for the studentship unless they have been granted permanent UK residency/citizenship. For more advice on applicable eligibility criteria, please see the EPSRC Guidance on Industrial CASE Studentships.

Adacemic Criteria: First Class or Upper Second Class Degree, or a Masters, in Computer Science or a scientific or engineering discipline that includes a substantial element of computer programming. Practical experience of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics or Geographical Information Systems is desirable. Students must also meet the University's standard English language entry requirements.


This studentship is fully funded by EPSRC and Ordnance Survey.

The studentship will cover full UK/EU tuition fees, plus a stipend of £16,000 p.a.

How to Apply

The deadline for applications is 2 December 2013.

The online application form for this position and further details about PhD studies at the School of Computer Science and Informatics in Cardiff University are available on our website.

Please clearly indicate in the Research Proposal section of the form the project title: "EPSRC Industrial Case PhD Studentship (ICASE): Geometric and Semantic Enrichment of 3D Building Models". In the relevant part of the form please also name the supervisors of the project: Professor Chris Jones and Professor Paul Rosin.

Informal enquiries are welcomed. Please contact Professor Chris Jones using the contact details below.


Name: Professor Chris Jones  

Telephone: 029 2087 4796 



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