Profile Chris G. Willcocks
Associate Professor
Department of Computer Science
Durham University
Office: MCS 2026


Research in unsupervised deep generative models and machine reasoning. Here is a list of publications and a link to scholar. For recent news please visit my twitter profile, and for software updates visit github.


  • Bond-Taylor, S., & Willcocks, C. G. (2023). ∞-diff: infinite resolution diffusion with subsampled mollified states. arXiv preprint arXiv:2303.18242. URL:
  • Bond-Taylor, S., Leach, A., Long, Y., & Willcocks, C. G. (2021). Deep Generative Modelling: A Comparative Review of VAEs, GANs, Normalizing Flows, Energy-Based and Autoregressive Models. IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, pp. 1–1. doi:10.1109/TPAMI.2021.3116668
  • Corona-Figueroa, A., Bond-Taylor, S., Bhowmik, N., Gaus, Y. F. A., Breckon, T. P., Shum, H. P., & Willcocks, C. G. (2023). Unaligned 2D to 3D Translation with Conditional Vector-Quantized Code Diffusion using Transformers. Proceedings of the IEEE/CVF International Conference on Computer Vision (pp. 14585–14594). URL:
  • Bond-Taylor, S., & Willcocks, C. G. (2021). Gradient Origin Networks. International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR). URL:
  • Leach, A., Schmon, S. M., Degiacomi, M. T., & Willcocks, C. G. (2022). Denoising Diffusion Probabilistic Models on SO(3) for Rotational Alignment. ICLR 2022 Workshop on Geometrical and Topological Representation Learning. URL:


I teach the year three deep learning and reinforcement learning modules, alongside the year two ‘cyber security’ submodule. Slides and other material are available in the teaching section. Past teaching:


I am an Associate Professor in Computer Science at Durham University and a member of the Scientific Computing and VIVID groups. My research is in theoretical areas of deep learning, specifically looking at deep generative models. Previously, I co-founded and led as CTO a Durham University startup that deploys large-scale AI models. I am an area chair for BMVC and also the admissions tutor for computer science. I am a reviewer for the EU Commission, CVPR, and IEEE including TPAMI, TIFS, TNNLS, TIP and TMI.

Professional Activities

If you like maths and rain, you may like this relaxing interactive visualisation that I made. You can play rain sound and control it with the: F, P, S, M and X keys.

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