PhD Opportunity: “UAVs and Photogrammetric Computer Vision Approaches for Characterising Channel Hydromorphology”, Newcastle University

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Applications are invited for a 3.5 year competition-funded PhD in “UAVs and Photogrammetric Computer Vision Approaches for Characterising Channel Hydromorphology” to be undertaken jointly between The James Hutton Institute and Newcastle University, commencing September 2016.
 
This PhD will investigate and develop computer vision and image processing approaches for enhanced characterisation of river hydromorphology from high spatial resolution unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV – also known as UAS/RPAS/drone) imagery. This will involvedetermination of geomorphological variables including channel morphology, bed and bank characteristics, sediment transport, and riparian vegetation. Traditionally, this information is derived via conventional aerial photography, measurement of river cross-sections, and walk-over surveys. However, high resolution geospatial information is of increasing relevance, and UAV systems offer potential for intelligent and cost-effective extraction of such variables.  Challenges exist in terms of i) automated image segmentation and classification at high spatial resolution; ii) efficient processing of massive data volumes; and iii) data collection strategies for optimising image quality. In the context of hydromorphological characterisation, photogrammetric computer vision approaches (image segmentation, feature and attribute extraction, integration of 2D and 3D, multi-temporal analysis, etc.) offer potential for significantly enhancing delivery of relevant information relating to physical processes.
 
For further information and to apply, please visit: www.findaphd.com/search/ProjectDetails.aspx?PJID=67788&LID=1374

Deadline for applications: 1st January 2016

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