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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD in human activity modeling at IDIAP (Switzerland)


PhD student position in computer vision:
human and scene activity modeling

The IDIAP Research Institute (,  
a laboratory associated with EPFL (Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology, Lausanne), is looking
for a researcher interested in human and scene 
activity modeling and recognition from video sequences
in indoor or outdoor scenes.

The goal will be to investigate principled methods  
based on  generative and discriminative modeling to
address various issues in multi-person tracking,
event and activity recognition, and visual data mining.
One focus of the research will be the use of
long term observations to model human and
scene activities.
The research will initially be conducted in the  
context of the CARETAKER project
(, a multi-site
project funded by the European Community.  
The project aims at recognizing events from long term
data recorded over a network of  cameras in
real  public  transportation  sites.

We are seeking for candidates with the follwing profile:
- solid knowledge of and programming experience with C++
- initial background in computer vision/image processing
  or machine learning
- fluent in English, both written and spoken
- willing to travel

Start date:
  As soon as possible. We will hire as soon
  as a strong candidate is found.

Duration: 3 to 4 years.
          The successful Ph.D student will be enrolled
          in the EPFL doctoral program. Appointment for
          the PhD student position  is for a maximum
          of 4 years, provided  successful   progress
          are made.

Contact: Dr Jean-Marc Odobez
         Tel : +41 (0)27 721 77 26

About IDIAP:
IDIAP  is a  research institute  associated with  EPFL  (Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology, Lausanne) active in the fields of information
retrieval, speech, machine  learning and vision (  IDIAP
is located in  the town of Martigny in Valais, a  scenic region in the
south of  Switzerland, surrounded by the highest  mountains of Europe,
and  offering  exciting  recreational  activities,  including  hiking,
climbing and skiing, as well as varied cultural activities.

IDIAP is an equal opportunity employer and offers competitive salaries
and conditions  at all levels  in a young, dynamic,  and multicultural

Although IDIAP is  located in the French part  of Switzerland, English
is the  main working language at  IDIAP. Free French  courses are also

Interested candidates should submit their application
(detailed CV, name of three references)
by email to with cc to