About us

Our Centre is one of the major research centres of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Surrey.

We were founded in 1986 by Prof Josef Kittler within Surrey's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Our aim is to advance the state of the art in multimedia signal processing and computer vision, with a focus on image, video and audio applications.

Our Centre is directed by Prof Adrian Hilton, and is one of the largest research centres in the UK focusing on signal processing and interpretation. We have over 120 members comprising academic and support staff, postdoctoral research fellows, visitors and PhD students.

Our research income is in excess of £18.5m, with funding from EPSRC, InnovateUK, European Union, industry and charities.

Our expertise and activities span computer vision, digital signal processing, machine learning and artificial intelligence, computer graphics and human computer interaction, medical image analysis and multimedia communication.

Research themes

Our research is conducted into key themes across the Centre:

Our research spans fundamental theoretical advances through to practical application. The majority of the our research is conducted in collaboration with the UK or European industry. We have a strong track-record of innovative research leading to technology transfer and exploitation in biometrics, creative industries, mobile communication, consumer electronics, manufacturing, surveillance and clinical applications.


We are partnered with Women In Science and Engineering (WISE).

WISE helps organisations to inspire women and girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as pathways to exciting and fulfilling careers. Their mission is to push the presence of female employees from 13 per cent to 30 percent by 2020, boosting the talent pool to drive economic growth. For more information, please visit the WISE website.

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Find us

Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing
Alan Turing Building (BB)
University of Surrey