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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD position on face recognition at IDIAP/EPFL in Switzerland

The IDIAP Research Institute seeks a qualified candidate for a PhD student position in the field of face recognition. 

The research will be conducted in the framework of a FP7 European project on multi-modal biometric authentication in the context of mobile devices. Biometric authentication is the problem of verifying an identity claim using a person's behavioural and physiological characteristics. This project aims at using jointly, simultaneously, and in a principled way, both the voice signal and the face video of the person in order to assess his/her identity claim.

Model adaptation, also called on-line adaptation, is concerned with maintaining a biometric system when it is deployed over an extended period of time. Because the system may degrade over time, the template (or model) representing the user has to be updated.

The doctoral student will investigate model adaptation techniques for face recognition. A range of fundamental problems in computer vision and biometric authentication, such as object recognition, discovery of invariant visual patterns, and domain-specific problems are also open for investigation.

The ideal PhD candidate will hold a degree in computer science or related fields. She or he should have strong background in statistics, linear algebra, signal processing, C++ programming, Perl and/or Python scripting languages, and Linux environment. Knowledge in statistical machine learning and vision processing is an asset.

About IDIAP: 	

IDIAP is an independent, non-profit Research Institute recognized and supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique Fdrale de Lausanne (EPFL). It 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. It is within close proximity to Geneva and Lausanne. Although IDIAP is located in the French part of Switzerland, English is the working language. Free French lessons are provided.

IDIAP offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a young, dynamic, and multicultural environment. IDIAP is an equal opportunity employer and is actively involved in the "Advancement of Women in Science" European initiative. The Institute seeks to maintain a principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and equally encourage both genders to apply.

Candidates should apply online here (Reference: Face recognition and model adaptation OP-20071119-152353):

Dr Sebastien MARCEL 
Senior Research Scientist
IDIAP Research Institute
Phone: +41 27 721 77 27
Fax: +41 27 721 77 12
Skype: sebastien.marcel