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 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.

Our research is conducted into the following key themes across the Centre:

  • 3D video
  • 3D spatial audio
  • Biometrics
  • Blind source separation
  • Coding and transmission
  • Facial analysis
  • Human motion analysis
  • Media adaptation
  • Media networking
  • Medical image acquisition
  • Medical image analysis
  • Quality of experience
  • Sign and gesture analysis
  • Speech and audio processing
  • Surveillance
  • Video and audio retrieval
  • Interfaces/visual interaction.

Staff opportunities

If you're interested in working with us then please visit the University's current vacancies page for job opportunities.