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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

JOB: Post-Doctoral Position in Computer Vision - Univ. of Amsterdam



The Intelligent Autonomous System (IAS) Group of the
University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has an immediate
opening for a Post-Doctoral Researcher in the area of
computer vision and temporal data modelling.

The open position in the CASSANDRA project considers
the topic of video-based human activity recognition
in dynamic and cluttered environments. The particular
application context is aggression detection in
surveillance, but generality to other application
scenarios is desirable. Issues such as learning human
appearance and motion, use of low-level features vs.
3D body pose recovery, tracking and movement classification
are to be addressed. CASSANDRA furthermore investigates
the fusion of video and audio information, and the role
of context modelling. A unique realistic data set
collected at a train station with professional actors
and multiple synchronized cameras and microphones is available.

We are looking for a highly motivated individual with
an (existing or soon-expected) Ph.D. in the domain of
computer vision and pattern recognition, preferably in
the "Looking at People" area. The successful applicant
will have a proven track record and be comfortable in
formulating and pursuing research goals independently.
The candidate will furthermore have good communication
skills and able to collaborate effectively with other
members of a research team. A certain affinity towards
turning complex techniques into real-world practice
(with the associated strong programming skills) is
important. Good English skills are essential.

The open position involves an interesting research domain
that provides rich publication potential. The Post-Doctoral
Researcher will lead one or more PhD students
and possibly several MS students, amplifying his/her
impact. The University of Amsterdam hosts an internationally
recognized vision group which offers ample opportunities
for technical exchange, see

Funding for this 2-year post-doctoral position is provided
by the Dutch Science Foundation NWO. Monthly salary
ranges from EUR 2708 to EUR 3442 (brutto) depending
on experience. Funding prospects after 2 years are
very good.

Inquiries are welcome. Prospective applicants
please email

- cover letter (explaining suitability)
- resume
- copy of academic record
- references and
- supporting materials, e.g. Ph.D. Thesis (draft),


Prof. Dr. D.M. Gavrila
Intelligent Perception Systems
Faculty of Science, University of Amsterdam

See also