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Research Interests: Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Machine Learning, Biomedical Engineering

Dr Hubert P. H. Shum is an Associate Professor in Visual Computing and the Deputy Director of Research of the Department of Computer Science at Durham University, specialised in Spatio-Temporal Modelling and Responsible AI. His research is fundamental to many disciplines, facilitating him to engage in various multidisciplinary research centres. He is a Co-Founder of the Responsible Space Innovation Centre, a Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, and a Steering Group Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. Before this, he was the Director of Research/Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, and a Postdoctoral Researcher at RIKEN Japan. He received his PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh, and his Master's and Bachelor's degrees from the City University of Hong Kong.

To develop his team, he has led research projects as the Principal Investigator awarded by EPSRC, the Ministry of Defence, the Royal Society and Innovate UK. He has also been a Co-Investigator in NortHFutures, a £4.17 mil EPSRC project to found a new digital health hub in the North East England. These have facilitated him to have supervised more than 30 PhDs, recruited multiple Post-doctoral Researchers, and collaborated with international researchers from the UK, China, France, Japan and India. To engage the academic and industrial networks, he has chaired international conferences such as Pacific GraphicsBMVCACM SIGGRAPH/Eurographics SCA and ACM SIGGRAPH MIG. Contributing to the research community, he has served as an Associate Editor for Computer Graphics Forum, a Guest Editor for the International Journal of Computer Vision, and a Program Committee member in 19 conferences such as EurographicsCVPR and Pacific Graphics.

He has authored over 150 research publications in the fields of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics, Machine Learning and Biomedical Engineering, particularly focusing on modelling human-related data with deep learning.

Joining Us

If you aspire to develop yourself and conduct high-quality research, do explore working with the team as a PhD student, a visiting/internship student, or an academic visitor. Dr Shum's team has a supportive culture with members developing successful research and enjoying their vibrant lifes in the UK. See further information and application procedures.

Some self-funded PhD oppotunities include:

Recent Research
Multi-Task Spatial-Temporal Graph Auto-Encoder for Hand Motion DenoisingHINT: High-quality INpainting Transformer with Mask-Aware Encoding and Enhanced AttentionA Video-Based Augmented Reality System for Human-in-the-Loop Muscle Strength Assessment of Juvenile DermatomyositisHierarchical Graph Convolutional Networks for Action Quality Assessment - IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video TechnologyInteraction-Aware Decision-Making for Automated Vehicles using Social Value OrientationLess is More: Reducing Task and Model Complexity for 3D Point Cloud Semantic SegmentationHard No-Box Adversarial Attack on Skeleton-Based Human Action Recognition with Skeleton-Motion-Informed GradientUnaligned 2D to 3D Translation with Conditional Vector-Quantized Code Diffusion using TransformersA Pose-Based Feature Fusion and Classification Framework for the Early Prediction of Cerebral Palsy in InfantsGeometric Features Informed Multi-Person Human-Object Interaction Recognition in VideosPose-Based Tremor Classification for Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis from Video360 Depth Estimation in the Wild - The Depth360 Dataset and the SegFuse Network
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  • Exceptional Achievement for Excellence in PhD Supervision by Durham University in 2023
  • Exceptional Achievement for Excellence in Teaching by Durham University in 2022
  • Best Paper Award in the IEEE International Conference on Human-Machine Systems 2021
  • Best Student Paper Award in the International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (GRAPP) 2020
  • Best Poster Award in the ACM SIGGRAPH Conference on Motion, Interaction and Games (MIG) 2019
  • Best Paper Award in the International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology (ACE) 2017
  • Best Poster Award in the ACM SIGGGRAPH Conference on Motion in Games (MIG) 2016

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