Visual Computing

University of Portsmouth



A Senior Research Associate position for the EU FP7 project is open!

Employment type: Fixed term contract for 26 months.

Deadline:19th January 2016.

Interview date:9 February 2016.

We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Senior Research Associate to join the Intelligent System and Robotics Group at University of Portsmouth to participate in doing the DREAM project. The project is funded by EU FP7 Framework and lasts for 4 years. The contract for this post will be 26 months till the end of the project in 2018. The objective of the project is to deliver the next generation robot-enhanced therapy (RET) for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) children, developing clinical interactive capacities for social robots. The multi-camera system designed by our research group system includes the combination of the state-of-the-art RGB-D sensors, smart camera networks and sensory information from the humanoid robots. This system will provide sufficient and effective multi-modal data of human activities and the surrounding environment. Logic rules will be identified and integrated with hierarchical Hidden Markov Models (HMMs) to fuse and describe multimodal data streams. The successful candidate will be a part of research team and work closely with our external EU partners to make sure the project progress well. The main objective of this post is to develop and implement novel computer vision and learning algorithms for human activity analysis (gesture, gaze and facial expression) especially tempo-spatial gaze pattern analysis and behaviour patterns analysis of ASD children. More specifically, the primary duties include:

  • Developing mechanisms identifying and extracting the most relevant components of the available sensory data

  • Develop novel representation of multimodal attributes of human activities of ASD child

  • Investigating fusion methods for robust human activity recognition

  • Writing timely reports, publish research papers and documenting software

  • Presenting work to internal and external project partners and carry collaborative research

  • Assisting in supervision of research students of the group

  • For this post you will have:

  • A Doctorate in Computer Vision or Machine Learning

  • A strong publication record at principal computer vision conferences or journals

  • The ability to work independently and as a team member

  • Strong software development and computer programing in C++ and Matlab employing computer vision and image processing techniques

  • A brief statement of research interests describing your and future plans experience related to the advertised position

  • You will be required to provide a CV and a cover letter with a brief statement stating how your research experience and research interests fit with the post.