Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing (CVSSP)

Creating machines that can see and hear to understand the world around them.

Our Centre is an internationally recognised leader in audio-visual machine perception research. With a diverse community of more than 150 researchers, we are one of the largest audio and vision research groups in the UK.

Research in the Centre has led to award-winning spin-out companies in the biometric, communication, medical and creative industries.

30th Anniversary Celebrations

This year we are celebrating thirty years since our centre was established. Join us on Thursday 4 April 2019 to celebrate thirty years of CVSSP at our ‘Can machines think?’ event showcasing our research past, present and future.

Making Major Contributions

Our Director, Professor Adrian Hilton, was awarded the Institute of Engineering and Technology Achievement Medal for major and distinguished contribution to computer vision engineering.

Our research

Our core expertise includes signal, image and video processing, pattern recognition, computer vision and graphics, machine learning, artificial intelligence, medical image analysis and human computer interaction.


Applications are invited for a fully funded PhD studentship within the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing. The funding is for a three-year research course leading to the degree of a PhD.

Learning, prediction and decision control in complex systems

Funding information:
A stipend of £16,000 per anum subject to nationality and residence status. Fees are covered for UK/EU students (in value of £4,260). Directly funded project (European/UK Students only).

Centre for Vision, Speech and Signal Processing studentships

Funding information:
These 3-year PhD studentships will cover Home or EU university tuition fees, a tax-free maintenance grant of up to £14,777 per annum and contribution to travel costs to present your research at national and international conferences. Studentships are open to overseas students provided they can support the difference between home and overseas fees (£16,540).

Generating virtual camera views using generative networks

Funding information:
Approx £21,000 per annum with an enhanced stipend of £20,000 per annum. A directly funded project available to UK students only.


We have an internationally outstanding track-record of pioneering research leading to new technologies.


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