PhD Scholarship: Data-driven Understanding of Crowd Dynamics and Behaviour Patterns

University of Leeds - Computing

Name of School Contact: Dr He Wang
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How to apply:
Degree Level: Research Postgraduate   
Scholarship Type: International, Home/EU                     
Number available: 1
Funding Type: School of Computing          

Applicants should read the information below for further details on the scholarship or visit the School web site given below.

Further Information:

If you watch Game of Thrones or play Assassin’s Creed, you probably know crowds (people, animals or white walkers) in movie/TV/games/virtual reality nowadays are simulated by computers. However, the importance of understanding of crowd dynamics is far beyond entertainment. It’s been used for evaluating architecture design, planning for emergency evacuation, optimising transportation and logistics, predicting hazardous situations, etc.

As a PhD student, you will focus on learning individual/crowd behaviours (navigational, grouping and socio-psychological) from various forms of data (videos, trajectories, GPS locations, etc.) and build computational models that capture the crowd dynamics and simulate to predict.

The knowledge that is crucial for this project includes:

  1. Computer Vision (Crowd Analysis, Video Processing)
  2. Computer Graphics (Simulation, Geometry Processing, Animation, Rendering)
  3. Machine Learning and data mining.

If you are not familiar with these topics yet, you will get a comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience in each one of them; if you are somewhat familiar with them, it is a good project to help you become a world-class researcher and practitioner.

Financial Information:

This award will cover the cost of academic fees and provide a maintenance allowance of at least £14,296 per year for a maximum for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress.  

Minimum Academic Requirements (if English is not your first language, then candidates must also meet the University’s English language requirements):

Applications are invited from candidates who have achieved or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class (hons) degree or equivalent, in a field relevant to the project.

If you first language is not English, you will need to satisfy the University of Leeds English language requirements:  

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