PamiTC Job Board - Posting Details

Title: Research GRantPosted: January 9, 2014
Company/Institution: Institute of Systems and Robotics
Location: Portugal
Department: University of Coimbra

Description: The Institute of Systems and Robotics at the University of Coimbra in Portugal offers two research grants to work on the project “New Technologies to Support Heath and Quality of Life, Project A-Surgery and Diagnosis Assisted by Computer Using Images”, funded by the program QREN-MaisCentro under the framework of Call nr. Centro-SCT-2011-01.
The selected candidate will join a R&D team whose goal is to apply computer vision techniques to endoscopic images/videos with the aim to develop systems to assist the physicians during the surgical procedures. It is a multi-disciplinary team, with strong experience in the topic, and capable to transfer results to industry.

GRANT1: The R&D activities will focus in improving the visualisation in medical endoscopy, either by using software to improve image quality in monocular video or by generating 3D video based on stereoscopy. The work plan for the first 6 months comprises the following steps:
- Review of literature concerning the correction of “vignetting”, white balance, and use of “deconvolution” for deblurring and denoising;
- Development and implementation of algorithms to improve the quality of monocular endoscopic video;
- Review of literature on 3D video: stereoscopic perception, proper creation of disparities, stereoscopic displays, 3D video protocols;
- Implementation of a test platform able to create a 3D video signal using two independent cameras.

GRANT2: In the particular case of this grant, the R&D activities are focused on the development of navigation systems based in augmented reality. The endoscopic camera will be instrumented with optical and/or electromagnetic markers that allow the knowledge of their position each time. This information will be used to overlay in the video relevant information to the surgeon, such as the position of anatomical points, or cuts in depth, acquired with another sensory modality. The work plan for the first 6 months comprises the following steps:
- Development of an algorithm to solve the “hand-eye” calibration problem, i.e., estimate the rigid transformation between optical markers and the reference camera system. This is a problem that has already been studied by the team in the past; however is now suppose to explore a new approach.
- Development of an algorithm to solve the “hand-eye” calibration problem in the case of ultrasound.
- Implementation of the outcomes in a real demonstration system.

Application Instructions: The application period will end in the 10th January 2014. The interested candidates must send by e-mail to Joao P Barreto (jpbar(at) a motivation letter and detailed CV. They must also say to which grant they are applying (GRANT1 our GRANT2) and, if they are applying to both grants, they must give the order of preference.

For further details please consult the english version in the links: GRANT1: GRANT2:
or send an e-mail to jpbar(at)