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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD position, Affective computing, University of Geneva, SWITZERLAND

Position opened: PhD position in affective computing, Computer Science Department, University of 
Geneva, grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation.
Laboratories involved:
- Computer Vision and Multimedia Laboratory (;
- French Literature Department (;
- Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (;
Goal: to investigate how viewers react to those sequences in a movie that film critics and 
filmmakers consider as being emotionally relevant and therefore interesting in terms of aesthetic 
Methods: multimedia processing, signal processing (experience in the analysis of 
physiological/behavioral signals and computer vision is particularly appreciated), 
statistical pattern recognition.
Profile: Master's degree in Computer Science, or electrical/computer engineering, or 
closely related field. Very strong background in signal/image/video processing and 
pattern recognition. Very good programming skills, taste and capacity to put new ideas 
into working prototypes. Very good written and oral communication skills in English.
Since this project will be conducted in very close cooperation with the Film Section at the 
Department of French Literature in the Faculty of the Humanities, a real plus in your 
application would be strong interest and achievements in film studies, or arts and humanities 
at large.

Although the working language is English, Geneva is a French-speaking place and experiments 
will be carried out with both French- and English-speaking participants; knowledge of French 
will be useful.
Starting date: as soon as possible.
Application: please include the following:
(1) a cover letter indicating motivation, research interests and expressing your interest in this 
particular, interdisciplinary area of research;
(2) a detailed curriculum vitae. Please, include, if available, list of publications (published or 
(3) two letters of reference (the applicant should understand that the referees might be contacted).
Please collate all your files into one pdf and send your application by email to: Dr. Theodoros 
Kostoulas, Computer Vision & Multimedia Laboratory,
Deadline for application: May 20th, 2014
Computer Vision and Multimedia Laboratory
Computer Science Department, University of Geneva, Battelle campus,
7, route de Drize, CH-1227 Carouge (Geneva), Switzerland