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Title: Two Postdoctoral positions in Computer Vision for Human Activity and Expression AnalysisPosted: July 17, 2013
Company/Institution: University of Bristol
Location: United Kingdom
Department: Merchant Venturers School of Engineering


Bristol/UK: Human Action and Expression Recognition

An interdisciplinary research collaboration (IRC) led by the University of Bristol together with the Universities of Southampton and Reading, has been awarded a grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of around £12 million. They will work in partnership with Bristol City Council, IBM, Toshiba and Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC). The collaboration, known as SPHERE (Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment), will develop home sensor systems to monitor the health and wellbeing of the people living at home. Three RA posts are available beginning in October 2013 and are 3-year appointments with some possibility of an extension.

The successful candidates will work together with a number of academic staff in a team to investigate algorithms and models for analyzing and understanding human activity and behaviour, gait and facial and emotion expression in cluttered and uncontrolled home environments. The research and software development will involve feature detection and tracking, deformable models, statistical modelling and analysis, the use of one or more cameras, including methods for tracking across multiple rooms, and many other relevant topics. The posts involve close collaboration with other SPHERE project personnel – from other workpackages within the project, including integration of other sensors, data fusion and data mining – as well as other project partners at other institutions.

Candidates should

  • hold (or be currently in the completion stages of) a PhD degree in Computer Science or Electronic Engineering or a related discipline, in a field related (but not limited) to computer vision, machine learning, statistics or applied mathematics. Candidates should ideally also have experience in any one or more of the following: human, head, and facial component tracking; multi-camera analysis; object detection and recognition; action and event recognition
  • have excellent C/C++/Matlab programming and systems integration skills
  • have a good publication record in computer vision and/or machine learning
  • be able to conduct research independently
  • possess good communication and writing skills in English.

There is no formal closing date. Applications will be reviewed when submitted and appointments will continue until the three positions are filled. The appointment should start on, or as soon as possible, after October 1st 2013.

Application Instructions: For further details and application please see:
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Prof. Majid Mirmehdi - Email: