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PhD Studentship - Multimodal Behaviour Understanding in Human-Computer Dialogues

Bournemouth University

Qualification Type: PhD
Location: Bournemouth
Funding for: UK Students, EU Students, International Students
Funding amount: £15,225 Maintenance grant, Per annum
Hours: Full Time
Placed On: 13th March 2020
Closes: 10th May 2020

Lead Supervisor name: Dr Hongchuan Yu

Project description: This PhD research project forms an integral part of the Intelligent Virtual Personal Assistant (Intel-PA) project, which is being undertaken at the National Centre for Computer Animation at Bournemouth University. The Intel-PA consists of three key functional components with the ability to: detect the motions and emotions of the human user; perform sensible conversations; and enact appropriate body gestures and facial expressions. By performing such human - like functions, the Intel-PA will be able to play a huge role in many applications, such as healthcare, training, education, marketing and decision making.

The aims of this PhD research project are to detect multichannel user behaviours including facial expressions, postures, gestures, as well as the emotional elements in speech. AI-powered multimodal data fusion will be investigated to assist the understanding of computer-human dialogues.

What does the funded studentship include?

Funded candidates will receive a maintenance grant of £15,225 per annum (unless otherwise specified), to cover their living expenses and have their fees waived for 48 months. In addition, research costs, including field work and conference attendance, will be met.

Funded Studentships are open to both UK/EU and International students unless otherwise specified.

Eligibility criteria

Candidates for a PhD Studentship should demonstrate outstanding qualities and be motivated to complete a PhD in 4 years and must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic potential as measured normally by either a 1st class honours degree (or equivalent Grade Point Average (GPA) or a Master’s degree with distinction or equivalent
  • An IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 minimum (with a minimum 6.0 in each component, or equivalent) for candidates for whom English is not their first language and this must be evidenced at point of application.

Additional Eligibility:

An ideal candidate should have a background in computer science, mathematics, engineering or a similar subject. Strong computer programming skills are essential.

In addition to satisfying basic entry criteria, BU will look closely at the qualities, skills and background of each candidate and what they can bring to their chosen research project in order to ensure successful and timely completion. 

Closing date: The first call for applications will close on 10 May 2020.

For further information on how to apply click the ‘Apply’ button below or email

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