Self-funded PhD Positions Available

Deep Learning based Computer Graphics for Creating Virtual Characters
Computer Vision with Deep Learning for Human Data Modelling
Analyzing the Humans Context in Artworks and Cartoon with Computer Vision
Machine Learning based Human Data Analysis for Automatic Diseases Diagnosis

Joining Us

If you are interested to be a PhD, a visiting/internship student or an academic visitor, please send your resume to hubert.shum[at]

PhD Students

If you aspire to develop yourself and do high-quality research as a PhD, you are in the right place! My PhDs receive comprehensive training and research support through regular one-to-one meetings. My research team has a supportive culture with team members from all over the world, which provides support and collaboration opportunities to each other. These have facilitated my PhDs to publish their research in prestige journals such as IEEE TIP, IEEE TVCG and IEEE TMM.

Many of my graduated PhDs have developed a successful career. Dr Shanfeng Hu became a Lecturer at Northumbria University, Dr Naoya Iwamoto became a Senior Researcher at Huawei Japan (see the video about his work), Dr Pierre Plantard built his own start-up company with his PhD project, and Dr Jie Li who become a Lecturer at Teesside University.

I consider PhD applicants who:

  1. Have a research interest in one or more of the following areas:
    • Computer vision
    • Computer graphics
    • Human motion analysis
    • Machine learning
    • Biomedical engineering
    • Biometrics
    • Human-computer interaction
  2. Have knowledge in modern programming languages
  3. Have a relevant undergraduate or master degree with good scores
  4. Meet Durham's entry requirements
  5. Meet Durham's English requirements

About Funding...

There are two ways to fund your PhD - self-funding your PhD study (see fees and living cost) or PhD scholarships:

  1. Durham University offers fully-funded, highly competitive PhD scholarships for outstanding PhD candidates.
  2. Durham University also offers industry matched studentship, where a company supports 50% of the studentships while Durham University supports the other 50%.
  3. Depending on where you are from, you may apply for the following scholarships to study your PhD at Durham:
  4. Depending on the topics you are interested, you may apply the following scholarships:
  5. More funding oppotunities can be found here.

Visiting/Internship Students

If you are a Master/PhD student wishing to learn new things and develop a new network, you may consider to be a visiting/internship student. This kind of visits typically lasts for a few months to a year. You will receive training and support the same way as my PhD students. Generally, I will work with you to decide a research project that we can complete within the timescale and submit to a conference or a journal.

My past visiting and internship students come from different places in the world. Qianhui Men came from Hong Kong and published an IEEE TCSVT paper on human motion modelling during the visit. Hindol Bhattacharya came from India and published a paper on emotion detection.

I consider applicants who:

  1. Have a background in computer science
  2. Have a research interest that aligns with my team's research
  3. Are studying or have completed a relevant Master or PhD degree

About funding...

Many universities provide short-term internship funding - a good way to begin the process is to explore your own university on any internship program that can support you working at Durham University. You may also self-fund your visit. The living cost at Durham is affordable, and Durham University may wave the bench fees/administration fees for outstanding applicants.

Academic Visitors

If you are an academic or a researcher who wishes to develop your potential further, you may work with me as an academic visitor. I can draw up a flexible plan to facilitate academic visits based on your visiting purpose and duration. The target of the visit is flexible and its duration can vary from a few months to a year. During your visit at Durham University, you can research with my team and expand your professional network in the UK. You may also attend Durham's research seminars to expand your knowledge.

My past academic visitors have achieved a lot. Dr Yuan Hu had a PhD in transportation. He picked up advanced machine learning knowledge for developing self-driving vehicles and published his research in IET ITS. Shoujiang Xu, a Lecturer in China having his sabbatical, began his research in artificial intelligence and published a journal paper. Prof. Samiran Chattopadhyay, a Professor in India, will visit my team for a year as a Visiting Fellow to develop some research grant proposals.


Last update: 23 September 2021