[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] One PhD Opening at the University of Birmingham

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[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] One PhD Opening at the University of Birmingham

Hyung Jin Chang
 Dear all,

There is a PhD position opening at the Intelligence Robotics Lab in the
School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham (
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).

Applications are invited for a funded 3 year PhD studentship in Computer
Vision and Human-robot interaction.

This project will develop state-of-the-art algorithms and software
solutions in exploiting and making advances in computer vision and learning
techniques to move toward intelligent interaction with visual data. In
particular, the latest advances in computer vision and deep learning will
be explored significantly to recognise various attributes of human, e.g.
eye gaze, body pose, hand posture, action, and intention. During the
project, you will develop advanced skills in computer vision, deep
learning, and mathematical modelling, and will also gain an understanding
of the practical aspects of human-robot interaction.

In this project, you will focus on human eyes and their movements and work
towards estimating gaze and beyond from visual data. There have been many
approaches to utilise gaze for an important functional component in various
applications, as it indicates human attentiveness and can thus be used to
study their intentions and understand social interactions. Wearable eye
tracker can detect accurate gaze and monitor eye movements, but it
restricts natural human behaviours and movement ranges. For these reasons,
accurately estimating gaze from appearance (not wearing an eye tracker) has
been an active research topic in computer vision, with applications in
affect analysis, saliency detection and action recognition to name a few.
Within the robotics community, gaze estimation allows a robot to detect
which object is manipulated by the human, so the robot can act accordingly.

The goal of this research is therefore to create a new appearance-based
gaze reading system that overcomes existing methods only using visual data
captured by generic RGB cameras such as a digital camcorder, webcam,
smartphone camera, and CCTV camera etc. The result will be a significant
human understanding capability that is relevant to many academic
(especially cognitive science, psychology and sports science) and
industrial (commercial industry, healthcare, and autonomous system)
sectors.
The successful candidate will join the Intelligent Robotics Lab at the
School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham. You will be
supervised by Dr. Hyung Jin Chang (https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.cs.bham.ac.uk_-7Echanghj&d=DwIFaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=0w3solp5fswiyWF2RL6rSs8MCeFamFEPafDTOhgTfYI&m=erahvYaR6WcBW4AumCDp5MmdgjWQvHTLxfigicRv2IE&s=go8OWjx6y05wgRL71Ia40W8tMicA-agZW7FTbMmuwkg&e=
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).

Requirements:
Applicants should have a first class or good upper second in Mathematics,
Statistics, Computer Science, or closely related field. Applicants also
need to have a strong background in mathematics and high proficiency in
programming, e.g., Matlab or Python. An MSc project in machine learning or
computer vision related areas would be beneficial but not essential.

Anticipated start date: 1 October 2018

Funding Notes
Funding is through a School of Computer Science research studentship.

Applicants should have a first class or good upper second in Mathematics,
Statistics, Computer Science, or closely related field. Applicants also
need to have a strong background in mathematics and high proficiency in
programming, e.g., Matlab or Python. An MSc project in machine learning or
computer vision related areas would be beneficial but not essential.

Anticipated start date: 1 October 2018

Best wishes,

Hyung JIn

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*Hyung Jin Chang*, PhD
Lecturer in Intelligent Robotics Laboratory
School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
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