EPSRC Industrial CASE PhD studentship in Computer Science and Geographical Information Science Geometric and semantic enrichment of 3D building models

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.

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Start Date: 1 January 2014

Supervisors: Professor Chris Jones and Professor Paul Rosin


Residency Criteria: Due to funding restrictions full awards (fees plus maintenance stipend) are open to UK Nationals and EU students who can satisfy UK residency requirements.

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.

For more information on eligibility criteria, please visit our website by clicking the apply button below.

Application deadline

The deadline for applications is 2 December 2013.

Please refer to our website for further details on how to apply.

About Cardiff University

The University is a member of the Russell Group and internationally recognised as one of Britain’s leading universities.

Our University Graduate College enhances the postgraduate experience by providing an extensive training and support programme.

The University is attractively located at the heart of a modern capital city, providing a high quality of life to our students.

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