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Research Studentship in Computer Vision for Performance Assessment of Infrastructure EPSRC ICASE, funded by ARUP

University of Oxford - Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Oxford
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students
Funding amount: £14,777 p.a
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 29th April 2019
Closes: 26th July 2019

4-year D.Phil studentship, available from EPSRC Industrial Case Award with ARUP 

Start Date: October 2019 

Supervisor: Sinan Acikgoz 

This DPhil project will investigate computer vision monitoring techniques, with a strong focus on photogrammetry, to provide robust monitoring solutions that can assess asset performance in short and long term. This will involve developing algorithms which can highlight existing defects in assets and provide displacement and strain measurements for a variety of different structures (e.g. bridges, buildings, railway embankments) while minimising the influence of environmental conditions (e.g. ambient lighting) on measurements. The data will be primarily used to improve engineering assessment techniques and computational modelling strategies. Important geotechnical problems, such as the influence of underground construction on existing assets, will be explored with the collection of real data from ongoing major infrastructure projects. 

The student will be supervised jointly by Dr. Sinan Acikgoz of the University of Oxford, and Dr Mehdi Alhaddad of ARUP. The project will provide the opportunity to interact closely with ARUP engineers during a minimum 3-month placement. 

Award Value 

The studentship covers University fees at the level set for UK students plus a stipend (tax-free maintenance grant) of at least £14,777 p.a. (2018-19 rate) for four years. The studentship does cover the payment of course fees (£ 7730 for the 2019-20 academic year).


This studentship is funded through the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (CASE) Award Scheme and is open to both UK students (full award – fees plus stipend) and EU students (partial award – fees only). Full details of the EPSRC eligibility requirements can be found here

Candidate Requirements 

Prospective candidates will be judged according to how well they meet the following criteria: 

  • 1st or high 2:1 honours degree in Engineering, Computer Science or a relevant discipline;
  • Excellent English written and spoken communication skills; 

The following skills are desirable but not essential: 

  • Ability to program in Matlab and/or Python and/or other programming languages;
  • Experience in structural and or geotechnical engineering research demonstrated by a publication at an international conference or an international journal;
  • Practical experience in geotechnical and structural engineering. 

Application Procedure 

To apply for this studentship, candidates should send the following documents to

  • CV
  • Covering letter (explaining your suitability for the study, what you hope to achieve from the DPhil and your research experience to date)
  • Contact details for two academic or professional referees

NOTE: Candidates are expected to meet the graduate admissions criteria available at and a full graduate application must be made at the same time as applying for this studentship. Your studentship application will not be considered until you have submitted a graduate application. Further details about making a graduate application are available at

Please quote 19ENGCI_SA in all correspondence to the Department and in your graduate application. 

Please visit: for more information.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted. 

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