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Title: MS, PhD Scholarships in Computer VisionPosted: May 24, 2013
Company/Institution: Istanbul Technical University
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Department: Faculty of Computer and Informatics

Description: Several graduate student scholarships, M.S. and Ph.D. level, are available in the field of computer vision and pattern recognition at the Faculty of Computer and Informatics in Istanbul Technical University. Candidates should hold a B.S. degree, if they are applying for a M.S. study, or Master’s degree, if they are applying for a Ph.D. study, in the areas of Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or in a related discipline. They should have a solid background in image processing, computer vision, and pattern recognition. Previous experience in facial image processing and analysis is a plus. Excellent C++ programming skills under Linux as well as good oral and written English skills are expected. A strong academic record and high motivation for creative research is required. Candidates must have willingness to team-work, independent thinking, and self-learning. The Research Group deals with computer vision and pattern recognition problems with the focus on face analysis and with the applications in human computer interaction, gaming, health, multimedia retrieval, and telecom industry within the scope of the international and industrial research projects. Summer stays at the international partners are possible for successful students. The amount of scholarship is 1500 TL/month for M.S. students and 1800 TL/month for Ph.D. students (1 USD ~ 1.8 TL) and covers the entire year, i.e. will be paid for 12 months. Additional support can be awarded based on students’ performance. Basic living expenses are as follows: Lunch/ Dinner at the university cafeteria: 2TL / 3TL, monthly public transportation pass: 70TL, accommodation at the campus: 300TL. About the Principal Investigator Dr. Ekenel received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in 2009. He is a recipient of a Young Investigator Grant that he was awarded within the German Excellence Initiative, with which he has founded the Facial Image Processing and Analysis (face.cs.kit.edu) group at the Department of Computer Science in Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. He has played a leading role in face analysis tasks in several large-scale European and German research projects. He was the task leader for face recognition in the Computers in the Human Interaction Loop (CHIL) project, an Integrated Project funded under the European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme. He organized international face recognition evaluations within the CLEAR evaluation campaigns (http://www.clear-evaluation.org/). He has been responsible for face analysis systems in the German Excellence Cluster on Humanoid Robots. He has also been the task leader of face analysis research in the French-German Quaero programme. He developed the best performing face detection system in the CHIL 2004, 2005 evaluations and the best performing face recognition system in the CLEAR 2006, 2007 evaluations. In addition, his team was ranked third among the 14 research institutions worldwide and had the first place among the six European teams participating to the Facial Expression Recognition and Analysis Challenge in 2011. In 2008, he received the European Biometric Research Award. The generality, speed, and robustness of his algorithms facilitated several deployments for a wide variety of real-world applications. His face analysis technology has been used by several research labs and companies and has taken part in several demo and press events. He received the Best Demo Award at the IEEE International Conference on Automatic Face and Gesture Recognition in 2008. Since January 2011, he has been coordinating the Benchmarking Facial Image Analysis Technologies (BeFIT) initiative. He is the primary organizer of the BeFIT workshops 2011 and 2012. He co-organized the International Workshop on Affective Computing for Mobile HCI (http://www.ac4mobhci2012.itu.edu.tr/) that took place in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been on the program committee for a number of international conferences and workshops including ICCV, ACCV, FG, ICME, BTAS, and AVSS. He is the local chair of the ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction 2014. About Istanbul Technical University Having 240 year prominent history, a contemporary education environment and impressive academicians, Istanbul Technical University has been distinguished in Turkey with its engineering and architecture education. For more information: http://www.itu.edu.tr/en/, http://www.ac4mobhci2012.itu.edu.tr/venue.html About Istanbul Uniquely located on Asia and Europe, between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, Istanbul presents itself as an ancient and at the same time inspiring, modern city. As stated in lonely planet: "Istanbul is hot. And we’re not talking about the weather. These days, there are more happening restaurants, bars, galleries and clubs around town than there are exquisite Ottoman mosques (and that’s a lot). The international fashion and design press have been talking up Istanbul ad nauseam, but the most significant thing about the accolade ‘World’s Hippest City’ is that Istanbullus themselves have come believe it. The creeping sense of decrepitude that had fallen like a pall over their once-all-powerful home town has vanished, replaced by a sense of energy and innovation not seen since the days of Süleyman the Magnificent.". For more information please visit: http://www.ac4mobhci2012.itu.edu.tr/info.html

Application Instructions: The applications can be submitted till the 5th of June 2013. Please send your application in a single pdf file containing CV, transcripts, letter of motivation, names of at least two references to Asst. Prof. Dr. Hazim Kemal Ekenel, ekenel@itu.edu.tr. Please name the file as YourName_YourSurname.pdf. Review of the applications will start immediately and will continue until the positions are filled. The accepted candidates then have to follow the Graduate Level Admission Application of ITU for the 2013-2014 Fall Semester: http://www.fbe.itu.edu.tr/Pages.aspx?app=3&lang=en-gb&newsID=434. Acceptance from the faculty is mandatory in order to enroll. The deadline is the 21st of June 2013.