Vision, Video, and Graphics Network
Application Form - to apply for funds
Review Form - to asses your application
Admin Form - paperwork!
We are pleased the announce that EPSRC are supporting the
cross-community Vision, Video, and Graphics network. The purpose of
the VVG network is to promote the ``convergence'' area between vision,
video, and graphics, in two main ways.
The VVG network sets out to be as transparent as possible.
that managed to gain EPSRC favour can be downloaded.
- by funding research placements between laboratories.
- running workshops, day-meetings, and conference in support of convergence
Areas of interest
We are interested in any project that crosses the traditional
community boundaries. Placement projects should be well defined, they
may transfer knowledge across boundaries, but ideally would contribute
to at least two of the three communities in some way. The network
deliberately avoids a definition of ``convergence'', but typical
To reiterate that this list is not exhaustive: we believe that the
area should be defined through community activities.
An example placement is for a graphics PhD to visit a vision lab. The
subject of study is to reconstruct lighting information from real
world video so that graphics objects can be placed in the video
stream. The graphics PhD will bring skills relating to advanced
lighting and shading models, such as backward ray-tracing and
radiosity into the vision lab. The vision lab will equip the project
with analytic skills relating the light source computation. The
project raises problems that might not otherwise have occurred --- can
we recover extended light sources? can the shadows be rendered to be
convincingly real? how should failures in analysis be dealt with? is a
full shading solution necessary?
The two labs apply to the VVG network, making out a case for support,
and requesting funding to support board and lodgings for a 3 month
placement, plus travel and a couple of overnight stays for the
supervisor. The two institutes have determined their own arrangements
for bench-fees, and the host institution will allow the PhD student
some lab supervision to militate against loss of earnings.
- Image based rendering
- Inversive and augmented environments
- Video representation issues
- Advanced communications, such as video-conferencing
- Geometric and photometric reconstruction
- Shape and motion modelling
- Hardware and systems issues
How to apply
An application is to be made by two full time researchers, and two
different institutions, one of which is the designated placement
holder. The researchers should both be eligible to apply for EPSRC
funding, although applications of exceptional quality between academia
and industry, and UK and overseas institutes will be considered. The
application form can be downloaded from the VVG network website. There
is a strict word limit for any application.
The application is to be emailed to
Applications can be recieved at any time.
The VVG panel will find at least three referees
from the review committee, and the referees will be chosen across the
community borders. The panel will meet, about 6 weeks after the
submission deadline to decide which proposals are to be funded.
The panel will issue letters to all applications to inform them of the
result. Funds will be released to the placement holder, contingent upon
relevant forms being signed by both institutions.
Each placement will typically cost a few thousand pounds. To reflect
this, the application and review procedures have been designed to be
as light as possible. Hence deadlines, word-counts, and other
restriction will be strictly enforced. We will not enter into any
correspondence regarding the outcome of the panel's decision.
To apply you will need to fill in the LaTex forms, which are in plain
text. The completed application should not cover more than two sides
of A4 paper.
Responsibilities of placement holders
There are two binding conditions that placement grant holders have to
the VVG network:
We have funds to support VVG placement holders at the VVG
conference. Note that a placement holder is not the person who went on
placement, but the supervisor --- in general these will be distinct
- To submit a brief report for publication on the VVG web site.
- To attend the VVG conference and present a paper.
VVG network plans a special workshop event that is a satellite to the
main VVG conference. Currently we plan a VVG conference every two
years (2005, 2007, etc). The workshop will be non-refereed, and
proceeding will not count as a publication --- the idea is to
disseminate information and encourage inter-community
exchange. Workshop delegates are free to attend the VVG main
conference, and even submit papers for peer review if they wish to.
Responsibilities of the VVG network
Our responsibilities are:
The VVG network is intended to be a (multi) community network. There
are two main groups that run it: the ``panel'' and the ``reviewers'';
these are disjoint sets; the panel will seek to implement the
reviewers decisions without prejudice of any variety.
- to run the network on behalf of the community
- to be as transparent and open as we can
In line with our policy of transparency all documents will be made
available on the VVG website. These include the original case for
support made to EPSRC, the names of panelists and reviewers, meeting
minutes, and other material.