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Title:

PhD in multiview video analysis & special-effect synthesis (for EU residents)

Posted: April 8, 2014
Company/Institution: University College London
Location: United Kingdom

Description:
Our new project is co-funded by a large camera company and UCL's Impact Scholarship, and explores the research challenges of bringing Image/Video Based Rendering (IBR/VBR) into common use for content creators and action enthusiasts. Funding is limited to European Union applicants (sorry to everyone else)
This is an amazing opportunity to do your PhD on fun, hard, and direct-impact research problems. Whether or not you're the type of person who plays/watches sports, you will enjoy being able to work on projects that push forward machine learning / vision / graphics, and make beautiful-looking results (in part, by capturing action data in beautiful places).
The project and the studentships must start by September 2014, but applications are being considered now on a rolling basis. (i.e. the student should be signed up by summer-time) The existing funding is for a 3-year PhD (the typical length in the UK), but there is a chance of extending the funding to cover a 4th year of research, if things go well along the way.
At UCL, the PhD student will be based in Gabriel Brostow's group. The research area overlaps and the student is expected to work with others in the larger cohort of vision + graphics researchers here. We have some specific topics where innovation is needed:
- View interpolation
- Semantic texture synthesis
- Depth from intensity
- Video-texture synthesis
- Active Learning
- Video matting
- Video inpainting

Programming experience desired: high proficiency in one or more of Matlab / C++ / Python
Exposure to some of the following areas is a plus: - 3D Acquisition
- Camera Calibration
- Machine Learning
- Texture Synthesis
- Content Creation / Visual Effects
- User Interface Development (e.g. Qt)

As an example reference guide, see the topics covered in the Prince textbook, http://www.computervisionmodels.com/.
About us: UCL is in central London, and is one of the top 3 groups for Vision/Graphics/Learning in Europe. Our people are fun and productive :)

Application Instructions: You'll need to submit an online application here as soon as possible: http://www.cs.ucl.ac.uk/admissions/phd_programme/applying/ but you should also email me (Gabriel Brostow) *now* so I know to look out for your application (and please use the text "smartVinterp" in the Subject line). We only see the online applications after all your letters of recommendation etc. have arrived; we'll obviously prompt the CS Admission Panel to assess each batch of good applications that we're aware of. Good applicants in the past have had an MSc project in a related area, evidence of being productive in some detail-oriented domain, appetite for scholarly reading/writing, and enormous drive. If you're reading this, you're probably pretty smart/ambitious, but for a PhD, you also need to be enthusiastic, creative, and *very* persistent. Again, it pains me enormously that even great candidates from non-EU countries CAN NOT be considered for this funded studentship directly.