Major Grants and Funding

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TAPESTRY: Trust Authentication and Privacy over a Decentralised Social Registry

EPSRC (2016-2019). £1.06m. Principal Investigator (PI).

TAPESTRY explores deep learning and distributed ledger technology (DLT) to develop novel mechanisms for secure identity assurance online. TAPESTRY will de-risk the UK Digital Economy by enabling people, businesses and services to connect safely online via trusted interactions. Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP and Centre for Cyber-Security), University of Dundee, Northumbria University. TAPESTRY Project website


TOTAL CAPTURE for Real-time Animation

InnovateUK (2016-2018). £0.7m. Surrey Principal Investigator (Surrey-PI).

TOTAL CAPTURE will develop new rapidly configurable/deployable performance capture technologies for the movie industry. Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP), The Imaginarium Studios, Numerion.

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Charting the Digital Lifespan (CDL)

EPSRC (2013-2016). £893k. Surrey Principal Investigator (Surrey-PI).

CDL sought to improve digital literacy through novel technologies that enable users to reflect upon their use of social media. Novel technologies for sense making (e.g. content classification) were developed using deep learning over crowd-annotated Facebook content. Project partners: University of Dundee, University of Surrey (CVSSP), Newcastle University, Notting University. CDL Project website

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REFRAME: Location Performance Capture for Real-Time Enriched Media

InnovateUK (2014-2016). £1.22m. Co-Investigator (CoI).

REFRAME is developing new video based performance capture (motion capture) technologies for use in the movie and broadcast sectors. Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP), BBC, The Imaginarium Studios, Imagineer Systems (BostonFX). REFRAME Project website

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RE@CT: Immersive Projection and Delivery of Interactive 3D Content

European Commission FP7 (2013-2015). €4.6m. Co-Investigator (CoI).

RE@CT developed technology for building interactive animatable characters from multiple view-point video and performance capture. The work resulted in several publications including at SIGGRAPH (2015) and Eurographics (2014). Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP), Vicon, BBC, INRIA (Grenoble), Fraunhoffer HHI, Artefacto. RE@CT Project website

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ACTION-TV: User InterACTION Aware Content Generation and Distribution for Next Generation Social TeleVision

European Commission FP7 (2014-2016). €4.05m. Co-Investigator (CoI).

ACTION-TV explores new forms of interactive television through virtual embedding of audiences within TV broadcast content enabling novel social experiences. Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP), Disney R&D Zurich, Fraunhoffer HHI, and others. ACTION-TV Project website

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Intelligent Video Thumbnails

Adobe Systems R&D (2013-2014). $75k USD. Principal Investigator (PI).

This short industrial project with Adobe Systems Imagination Lab (San Jose) developed new intuitive forms of video thumbnail that summarise salient objects and their motion in video. This lead to a Eurographics 2015 paper. Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP), Adobe Systems (San Jose).

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EPSRC iCASE: Video Annotation for Broadcast Production

Sony R&D (Broadcast Professional Research Labs) (2013-2014). Principal Investigator (PI).

This industrially sponsored PhD studentship was run with Sony R&D Broadcast Professional Research Labs (BPRL) and explored scalable annotation of streaming video during broadcast production. Work from the student won the Google/Youtube prize for best paper at CVMP 2014 (2k USD prize). Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP), Sony BPRL.

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Digital Dance Archives (DDA)

AHRC (2010-2012). £429k. Co-Investigator (CoI).

DDA developed novel visual search technology to search over 100 years of archival dance footage (image and video) within the National Resource Centre for Dance (NRCD) archives. Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP and Department of Dance, Film and Theatre), NRCD, Coventry University. Digital Dance Archives website

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iTrace (aka Spot The Difference!)

JISC (2011-2012). £45k. Surrey Principal Investigator (Surrey-PI).

iTrace was a prototype cloud based tool for large-scale visual search. It was applied to detect visual plagiarism in art student coursework, in a similar vein to text based plagiarism detection using in TurnItIn. The system was trialed at 4 higher educational institutions. Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP), University of the Creative Arts (UCA, Farnham), Visual Arts Data Services (VADS). iTrace Project website

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HP Open Innovation Award: Artistic Rendering of Video

Hewlett Packard Labs (R&D) (2009-2011). $225k USD. Principal Investigator (PI).

This industrially sponsored PhD studentship was run with HP Labs Bristol and explored non-photorealistic (artistic) rendering of consumer images and video. Project partners: University of Surrey (CVSSP), HP Labs Multimedia Image Understanding Lab.


Reverse Storyboarding for Sketch based Video Retrieval

EPSRC First Grant (2006-2008). £120k. Principal Investigator (PI).

This EPSRC first grant explored the use of sketches to search large video datasets and kick started my subsequent research into sketch based visual search. Project partners: None.