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Alejandro Jaimes <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 16 Apr 2007 17:25:37 -0400
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IDIAP Research Institute, which is part of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale
de Lausanne EPFL doctoral school, is seeking candidates for Ph.D. student
positions in Interactive Media.

We are interested in developing and integrating interactive computer vision
and multimedia signal processing techniques in novel human-centered
applications for creativity. For example, by integrating multimodal input
from different sensors (audio, visual, metadata, etc.) and multimedia
processing (e.g., automatic speech recognition, recognition of actions from
camera input, etc.) considering cognitive, cultural, and social issues to
create new media content, interfaces, and applications. A special focus will
be placed on the integration of ideas and processes from the arts and other
disciplines (e.g., cognitive psychology, social studies, etc.) in technical
frameworks, as well as on implementing working systems (interactive
artworks, or domain-specific applications). Possible topics include the
following: interacting with and creating media collections in fixed and
mobile settings, novel interfaces for media expression (e.g., for creating
music, video, etc.), sonification and locative-media, applications for
personal media management and creativity (e.g., photo, video, audio
collections; tools for browsing, summarizing, storytelling, etc.).

The successful candidate will have a Masters degree in Media Arts,
Engineering, Computer Science or a related field, and proven skills in
designing and developing interactive computer systems or artworks (Java,
Max/MSP/Jitter, Processing, open source, etc.), as well as the desire to
collaborate in an interdisciplinary team. Experience at the intersection of
arts and technology is desired, but not a requirement. However, preference
will be given to applicants with a background in and/or research commitment
to both technical and humanistic disciplines since this research falls under
the umbrella of human-centered computing.

Positions are open immediately. IDIAP is located in Martigny, a scenic
region in the south of Switzerland near the borders with France and Italy,
surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe and offering exciting
recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing. It is close
to Montreux, Lausanne, and Geneva, making it one of Eurpe's most central and
culturaly active locations. Although Martigny is in the French speaking part
of Switzerland, at IDIAP the working language is English. Free French
lessons are provided.

Given the transdisciplinary nature of the research, selected candidates may
have the option of registering their degrees in other institutions besides
EPFL. Interested applicants may obtain more information from Alex.Jaimes

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