SPRINT: Smart sPoRts vIdeo aNalyTics

  • Phd
  • Tuition fees + £16,840 p.a.
  • 7 February 2022

This project focusses on development of sports related AI-driven video analytics. Research contributions will focus on:

  1. the development of convolutional neural networks to detect in-game events (goals, points, throw-ins, penalties, etc);
  2. detection of individual player behaviours (goal scorers, player infringements, player fitness, etc), building on video-based behavioural analysis research conducted in the ISRC;
  3. generation of realistic defensive and attacking plays based on the ball and team movements using a generative adversarial network to learn spatio-temporal interactions between players' movements and subsequently simulate how the opposing team will react to a newly developed strategy.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work at the cutting edge of video sports analytics alongside a well-established CCTV company resulting in high quality publications.


  1. Applicants should hold, or expect to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class Honours Degree in a subject relevant to the proposed area of study.
  2. We may also consider applications from those who hold equivalent qualifications, for example, a Lower Second Class Honours Degree plus a Master’s Degree with Distinction.
  3. In exceptional circumstances, the University may consider a portfolio of evidence from applicants who have appropriate professional experience which is equivalent to the learning outcomes of an Honours degree in lieu of academic qualifications.
  4. Experience using research methods or other approaches relevant to the subject domain
  5. A demonstrable interest in the research area associated with the studentship


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  • Industry focussed project providing real world cutting edge technological skills and working within a professional research environment.

  • The scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home rate and a maintenance allowance of £ 16,840 (tbc) per annum for three years (subject to satisfactory academic performance).

  • Scholarship also comes with a research training support grant (RTSG) to help support the PhD researcher.


The University admits researchers on the basis of a policy of equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections within the community.



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