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PhD Position in HDR Imaging and Video at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

Multimedia Signal Processing Group (MMSPG) of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, offers a Ph.D. position from January 1st, 2014.

Topic:

High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging is believed to be the next frontier in imaging similar to transition from gray level to color. However, despite many recent developments there is still no standard approach for compression and quality assessment of HDR content. The retained Ph.D. candidate will have to address these shortcomings by determining, via proposed new subjective evaluations and objective metrics, the influence of context and environmental parameters on HDR image and video content. The outcome of these evaluations will be used to design new HDR compression algorithms for images and video sequences. The compression algorithms will be later extended to 3D HDR image and video content. 

Requirements:

Applicants should have experience in image/video signal processing and hold a MSc in relevant fields (electrical engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, etc.). Excellent programming skills in C, C++, Matlab are essential. Strong knowledge and experience in video and image compression, HDR imaging, 3D video, and computer vision are important. Applicants should be very well versed in both oral and written English.

Applicants should also fulfill the requirements for enrollment in Electrical Engineering (http://phd.epfl.ch/edee) or

Computer, Communication and Information sciences (http://phd.epfl.ch/edic) doctoral schools.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send their applications to Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi no later than December 16th, 2013. Applications must include electronic copies of the following:

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including names of at least three persons from whom reference letters can be requested.
  • A motivation letter explaning why the applicant believes to be suitable for the position offered.
  • University transcripts.

 

Successful applicants can expect a gross annual salary starting from 51’000 CHF.

Selected applicants for an interview will be contacted by email.

 

 

Ph.D. position in multimedia security and privacy at EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland

 

Multimedia Signal Processing Group (MMSPG) of Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, offers a Ph.D. position from March 1st, 2014 or earlier.

Topic:

Privacy issues in multimedia systems and services are gaining increased importance in society at large. New tools and technologies are needed to protect privacy of individuals, while at the same time allowing them to take full advantage of existing and upcoming multimedia applications in a transparent way.

The retained Ph.D. candidate will have to design and implement solutions for protection of privacy in selected multimedia applications such as video surveillance and social networks. Furthermore, evaluation methodologies should be developed to assess the efficiency of such solutions when compared to the state of the art. These evaluation methodologies include subjective, objective, and crowd-sourcing based approaches. 

Requirements:

Applicants should have experience in image/video signal processing and hold a MSc in relevant fields (electrical engineering, computer science, physics, mathematics, etc.). Excellent programming skills in C, C++, Matlab are essential. Strong knowledge and experience in video and image compression, multimedia security, multimedia systems, and computer vision are important. Applicants should be very well versed in both oral and written English.

Applicants should also fulfill the requirements for enrollment in Electrical Engineering (http://phd.epfl.ch/edee) or

Computer, Communication and Information sciences (http://phd.epfl.ch/edic) doctoral schools.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send their applications to Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi no later than February 3rd, 2014. Applications must include electronic copies of the following:

  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae, including names of at least three persons from whom reference letters can be requested.
  • A motivation letter explaning why the applicant believes to be suitable for the position offered.
  • University transcripts.

 

Successful applicants can expect a gross annual salary starting from 51’000 CHF.

Selected applicants for an interview will be contacted by email.

 

 

PhD Position at TUWien (Vienna University of Technology), Vienna, Austria


Vienna University of Technology (TU Vienna) is Austria’s largest scientific‐technical research and educational institution, located right in the city of Vienna. The successful applicant will carry out his/her dissertation at the Department of Computer Science, which has a research focus on Visual Computing and Multimedia. The Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge is an internationally renown institute and employs many computer vision and machine learning experts.

The candidate should be interested in solving low‐level computer vision tasks . The research focuses on tasks such as


• Extracting geometry and illumination from multiple images
• Object segmentation
• 3D in‐painting of geometry and texture


Since the project will have a strong emphasis on computer vision topics, candidates should have a mathematical background such as a master degree in computer science, mathematics or physics. Ideally the candidate already has some knowledge about computer vision. Good programming skills are also a plus.

To apply for this position, please send your application (including CV, academic records, and a letter of motivation) to Prof. Margrit Gelautz ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Interviews will start in spring 2011 and the successful candidate is expected to start his PhD studies in Vienna in fall 2011. For further questions please contact

Prof. Margrit Gelautz ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

For further information please download the following file.

PhD_position_TU_Vienna.pdf

 

Postdoc Position at University of Nantes, France

The Image and Video Communications department at the University of Nantes / IRCCyN is happy to announce a postdoc offer in the context of 3D video quality and in particular concerning visual fatigue.

The candidate needs to be capable of measuring and analyzing human factors using state-of-the-art equipment and algorithms. In particular, skills and experience in any of the following areas are welcomed:

  • EEG and EMG measurement and analysis
  • Reconstruction of the vergence and the 3D eye movements using a stereoscopic eyetracker
  • Combined analysis of vergence and accommodation as measured by a refractometer
  • Psychophysical experiment setup

In order to successfully integrate into our team, detailed knowledge in one or several of the following domains is requested:

  • Human Visual System and Visual Perception
  • Depth Perception
  • Data mining
  • Statistical analysis
  • Video coding

The position is available immediately, and until filled. Initial appointment will be until April 2012, but is renewable depending on the availability of suitable funding. The position is offered in the context of a European project. Research results will be published internationally at suitable conferences, workshops, and in journals, creating or enhancing a strong publication record.

Please find more details here.

Contact:

Dr. Marcus Barkowsky ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

Prof. Patrick Le Callet ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 

PhD position in Service Quality Evaluation at TU Berlin

Telekom Innovation Laboratories (T-Labs) is a joint scientific research institute of Deutsche Telekom AG and Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin). We carry out pioneering research into innovative information and telecommunication technologies, addressing in particular human interaction, networking and security issues. The Laboratories are located on the campus of TU Berlin, with the goal of promoting the interaction between science and business through physical proximity.

For the Quality and Usability Lab of T-Labs/TU Berlin, we seek applications for a PhD position (German scientific researcher, "Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter", salary according to the TVL E13 scale) in the area of Service Quality Evaluation. The aim is to investigate how quality perceptions are formed in multi-service scenarios, over longer usage periods, and how such quality perceptions can be described by algorithms. It includes the design of new experimental paradigms for quality measurement, the set-up of the corresponding experiments, including hardware and software testbeds, the organization of the experiments, the statistical analysis of the results, and the algorithmic description of the results. The work is integrated into a collaborative project with the Deutsche Telekom AG, and depends on the agreement of funding still to be finalized.

The ideal candidate would have a Master degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Communcation Sciences or a related discipline, good hands-on experience with modern telecommunication services and the underlying technologies, some background on quality perception and judgment processes, as well as good organizational and self-management skills. The willingness to work in an international and interdisciplinary team with communication in English is a must; however, because German test participants have to be dealt with and German test data has to be analyzed, a good knowledge of the German language is also helpful. The position is linked to a project with an expected length of 24 months, with an initial start-off period of 3-6 months; for the subsequent period of the PhD, additional funding is expected which however cannot be guaranteed at this moment. The project should start as soon as possible.

Applications including a CV, a motivation letter, copies of the most important certificates and 1-2 references should be sent to:

Irene Hube-Achter ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

TU Berlin seeks to increase the percentage of female employees and particularly encourages female candidates to apply. In case of equal qualifications, female candidates will be preferred.

Handicapped candidates will be preferred in case of equal qualifications.

Applications are accepted until the position is filled.

 

PhD position: Visual Media Quality and Algorithms for Its Objective Assessment
The University of Hull, Department of Computer Science

Project description:
Visual media content rendered by current digital imaging systems differs in perceived quality depending on the system and its applications. To optimize these imaging systems, understanding and modelling perceived visual quality is essential, e.g. to enhance the multimedia experience of human consumers, to improve the efficiency of surveillance systems for public security, and to provide more reliable visualization of medical information.

To embed perceived quality into real-world applications, research aims at automatically predicting visual quality by means of computational algorithms. Over the last several decades, meaningful progress has been made on detecting various types of visual artifacts in different application domains, and on quantifying the local visibility of the detected artifacts. To predict the overall perceived quality, so far the locally measured artifacts are either simply averaged over the spatial (or temporal) domain or operated with an artificial weighting strategy. This may only superficially mimic the way the human visual system determines perceived quality and, consequently, may limit the reliability of a visual quality assessment algorithm. The aim of this PhD project is to achieve a better understanding of human quality assessment behavioural responses to visual artifacts occurring in both spatial and temporal domains, and to develop a perceptually relevant mapping (computational human behavioural model) of local artifact visibility to overall quality perception.

Requirements:
The ideal candidate should have a 1st or strong 2.1 honours degree or Masters degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics or a related discipline. Enthusiasm for scientific research and excellent communication skills are essential, as are programming skills (Matlab and/or C++). Prior experience in computer vision, image processing, visual perception or machine learning would be advantageous.

Further information:
This full-time UK/EU PhD Scholarship will include fees at the ‘home/EU' student rate and maintenance (£13,590 in 2013/14, subject to final confirmation) for three years, depending on satisfactory progress. (Full-time International Fee PhD Studentships will include full fees at the International student rate for three years, dependant on satisfactory progress.)

 

Researcher in Instituto Superior Técnico, Instituto de Telecomunicações, Lisbon, Portugal
Multimedia Signal Processing Group at Instituto de Telecomunicações

Project description:
Project “MOG – QC on the GO” consists on the implementation of an automatic quality assessment system for audiovisual signals, during coding and transcoding processes. The project is supported by four entities: MOG Technologies (project leader), IST, ISCTE-IUL and Instituto Pedro Nunes.

Requirements:
Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science or on a similar engineering field.

Further information:
For further information read the .pdf file.

 

 

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