Computer Vision Fully-Funded Scholarships in Spain (Barcelona)

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Computer Vision Fully-Funded Scholarships in Spain (Barcelona) is open for . The scholarship allows level programm(s) in the field of taught at . The deadline of the scholarship is .

Computer Vision Fully-Funded Scholarships in Spain (Barcelona) 

The Colour in Context Group (CIC) is offering a fully funded PhD studentship at the Computer Vision Center (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). PhD is awarded in computer vision and the position is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The thesis work will be co-supervised by: Maria Vanrell & Robert Benavente.

Project description:

The visual effects due to the interaction between the illumination and the objects of a scene usually decrease the performance of computer vision algorithms for scene understanding. Therefore, detecting and eliminating such effects from images is a crucial step for many computer vision applications. This step is even more important in advanced driver assistance systems where the lighting conditions can vary dramatically in a short period of time.

The aim of this research is to explore the visual cues related to shadow identification. To achieve this goals we propose to study how shadows can be processed in a hierarchical bio-inspired framework using convolutional neural networks. In these multi-layer networks the output of one layer is the input of the next one and the complexity of the features processed increases at each stage of the hierarchy. In such framework we aim to identify the visual cues that are important for shadow detection and how they can be combined to design effective shadow removal algorithms. The final goal is to apply these shadow removal algorithms to boost the results of several applications related to autonomous driving such as road segmentation and pedestrian detection.

This proposal is related to the research project MILETRANS (Deep study of intrinsic scene properties to minimize lighting effects in vision-based intelligent transportation systems).

Terms and conditions:

Duration: 4 years (subject to a positive evaluation at the end of each year). Ultimately, the appointment must lead to the completion of a PhD thesis.

Salary: 1.368,50€ gross per month.

The grant includes 4.750€ funding for research stays carried out during the predoctoral stage and 1.500,00€ funding for PhD tuition fees. The foreseen starting date of the studies is October, 1st 2015.

Selection criteria:

The ideal candidate for the position must have:

  1. B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Telecommunications, or a related field (concluded by the time you join).

  2. A background in computer vision and/or computational colour science.

  3. Excellent academic transcripts.

  4. Proficiency in spoken and written English (please note: Spanish is not required).

  5. Good communication skills.

  6. High level of motivation and a strong interest in a scientific career.

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Category              : PhD scholarship

Contact address               : Robert Benavente

Computer Vision Center, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Building O, Campus UAB

08193 Bellaterra (Spain)

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Computer Vision Fully-Funded Scholarships in Spain (Barcelona) is available to undertake level programs at .

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