PhD Studentship

Signal Processing for Machine Audition and Perception

The Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing is offering a three-year PhD studentship to pursue research funded by EPSRC in the area of machine audition and audio/speech signal processing, starting from October 1, 2008.

Successful applicants will join an expanding research group within the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing, which currently has three professors, seven lecturers, twenty research fellows and about fifty PhD students. CVSSP has an international reputation for the excellence of its research and, in the last Research Assessment Exercise, the Department (of Electronic Engineering) was awarded grade 5*A. The studentship will investigate signal processing and machine learning techniques in the context of machine audio perception. The successful applicant will join a group of PhD students and RAs working with Dr Wenwu Wang and Dr Philip Jackson in this subject area in CVSSP. For information about current research at Surrey in this and related areas, visit

Candidates should hold a 1st or 2:1 honours degree or Masters degree or equivalent in a scientific discipline (e.g., Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or Computing), and should have good written/spoken English and demonstrate an aptitude for the research area. Prior experience in audio and speech signal processing or machine learning would be advantageous.

Informal inquiries should be directed to Dr Wenwu Wang, email:


The studentship includes home/EU tuition fees and an annual bursary of approximately £12,000. Due to funding conditions, only the following applicants are eligible for the studentship. For applicants who meet UK residency criteria (naturally including UK nationals and overseas students who have permanent residency or settlement), the studentship provides tuition fees and a stipend of approximately £12,000/year. Applicants who are EU citizens may also be supported by the studentship on a fees-only basis, i.e., they will not receive a stipend.

Applications should be sent to Mrs Nan Bennett by e-mail ( or by post to Mrs Nan Bennett, Postgraduate Administrator, Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK. Completed applications should include a CV, a statement of research interests, the completed application form, names of two referees (or two reference letters), quoting the above studentship together with copies of transcripts and certificate of qualifications. The Application Form can be downloaded from: ( A copy of the CV, the statement of research interests, and the names of the referees should also be sent electronically to Dr Wenwu Wang ( The closing date for applications is Friday, August 8, 2008.

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