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PhD Studentship: Investigation on integrating texts in document recognition

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

Supervisor Names:

Principle supervisor: Dr. Qiufeng Wang (XJTLU, EEE Department)

Co-supervisor: Professor Kaizhu Huang (XJTLU, EEE Department)

Co-supervisor: Dr. Yannis Goulermas (UoL, CS Department)

Project Description:

Chinese document recognition technology has achieved tremendous advance in recent years, however, it has not been solved yet for the documents of free handwriting or complicated background, where the recognition performance is not good enough for the industrial application, and is far away from human recognition. One issue of the current recognition methods is that it does not utilize the context information sufficiently. Meanwhile, there is rich context knowledge on the internet. To overcome this issue, it is a good way to integrate internet texts into the recognition system, however, this has not received enough attention yet. In this project, we will investigate the theory and key techniques for the integration of internet texts in the recognition system by internet search, and propose effective methods. The main research contents and innovations are as follows: (1) propose the internet text search method in the document recognition framework; (2) propose the document recognition method based on the strong linguistic context; (3) propose the unsupervised language model adaptation of both local and global contexts from Internet texts; (4) propose the dynamic combination of multiple context models based on the weekly supervised method. The proposed methods will improve the performance of document recognition, and promote the development of document recognition technologies in the industrial application, meanwhile, get academic value. 

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Eligibility Criteria:

The candidate should have a first class or upper second class honours degree, or a master’s degree (or equivalent qualification), in Computer Science, Mathematics, Mechatronics, Electric or Automation. Evidence of good spoken and written English is essential. The candidate should have an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, if the first language is not English. This position is open to all qualified candidates irrespective of nationality.


The student will be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Liverpool (UK) upon successful completion of the program.


The PhD studentship is available for three years subject to satisfactory progress by the student. The award covers tuition fees for three years (currently equivalent to RMB 80,000 per annum) and provides a monthly stipend of 3500 RMB as a contribution to living expenses. It also provides up to RMB 16,500 to allow participation at international conferences during the period of the award. It is a condition of the award that holders of XJTLU PhD scholarships carry out 300-500 hours of teaching assistance work per year. The scholarship holder is expected to carry out the major part of his or her research at XJTLU in Suzhou, China. However, he or she is eligible for a research study visit to the University of Liverpool of up to three months, if this is required by the project.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants are advised to email the following documents for initial review and assessment (please put the project title in the subject line).

  • CV
  • Two reference letters with company/university letterhead
  • Personal statement outlining your interest in the position
  • Proof of English language proficiency (an IELTS score of 6.5 or above)
  • Verified school transcripts in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required)
  • Verified certificates of education qualifications in both Chinese and English (for international students, only the English version is required) 
Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Suzhou - China
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: ¥140,000
£15,632.68 converted salary* per annum (Covers tuition fee and stipend).
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 23rd May 2019
Closes: 3rd July 2019
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