PamiTC Job Board - Posting Details

Title: Funded PhD in EECSPosted: June 21, 2013
Company/Institution: University of California at Merced
Location: Merced, California, USA
Department: Electrical Engineering and computer Science

Description: Highly-motivated PhD students are sought to start in spring or fall 2014 under Professor Shawn Newsam in the EECS program at the University of California at Merced to work on the National Science Foundation funded project "Social Multimedia as Volunteered Geographic Information". This project investigates georeferenced social multimedia for geographic discovery. Specifically, community-contributed ground-level images and videos are used to map what-is-where on the surface of the Earth in much the same way that overhead images taken from air- or space-borne platforms have been used for decades in the traditional field of remote sensing. The overarching premise is that georeferenced social multimedia data can be considered a form of volunteered geographic information. Further, it can enable geographic discovery not possible through traditional means.

Funding will be provided by a recent 5-year NSF CAREER award. This award could provide several years of fully funded graduate student research assistantship for well-qualified student(s).

More information about Professor Newsam's research group can be found at:

More information about the project can be found at:

Students with a strong education and interests in one or more of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

• Image processing and computer vision
• Pattern recognition and machine learning
• Multimedia data analysis
• Geographic information systems/sciences

Ideally, students should be able to start in January 2014. Starting in August 2014 might also be considered.

Application Instructions: Please send an email with your CV to Professor Shawn Newsam ( for more information.

(I will be at CVPR so we might be able to chat in person. Send me an email.)