Group Activity Recognition System in Football Videos

This research aims to teach a computer to understand football and the offside rule. To achieve this, this PhD will investigate a group activity recognition approach that can detect and recognise high-level group activity in football matches.

Start date

1 October 2023


36 months

Application deadline

Funding source

University of Surrey

Funding information

Full tuition fee cover, stipend of c £17,000 p.a. and a £3,000 Research Training Support Grant.


This research will investigate a group activity recognition system that detects and recognises high-level group activity in football matches.


  • Identifying suitable datasets for the video understanding model by hand collection or using an existing dataset.
  • A video understanding model should be researched and proposed to achieve the goal of group activity recognition. The methods used by the two streams (Figure and Ground) will be investigated.
  • The proposed model should be evaluated using appropriate metrics and compared with state-of-the-art methods.
  • Expansion of approach to use a self-supervised method to move beyond football understanding.


Please note that this studentship award is part of a wider studentship competition. Those successful in being shortlisted will be put forward to a central panel consisting of University of Surrey and University of Wollongong staff who will then assess the applications and select four of the nominated candidates for funding.

Eligibility criteria

Open to UK and international candidates.

Applicants are expected to hold a first or upper-second class degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent overseas qualification), or a lower second plus a good Masters degree (distinction normally required).

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with 6.0 in each individual category.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted via the Innovative Media Technology PhD programme page on the "Apply" tab. Please clearly state the studentship title and supervisor on your application. In place of a research proposal you should upload a document stating the title of the project that you wish to apply for, the name of the relevant supervisor and a personal statement. The statement should explain how your previous experience has prepared you for doctoral research and this project in particular. Explain how this PhD will support your career aspirations (maximum 500 words).

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Contact details

Andrew Gilbert
04 BC 03
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 684713

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