The Idiap Research Institute (www.idiap.ch), associated with EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne) seeks qualified candidates for: * A Post-doc position on Head pose tracking and visual attention modeling and multi-person interaction analysis. * A Ph.D Student on 3D face tracking and gaze modeling For further details about positions and Idiap, see below. Interested candidates should send a letter of motivation, a detailed CV, and the names of three referees to Jean-Marc Odobez ([log in to unmask], tel : +41 (0)27 721 77 26) ------------- * A Post-doc position on Head pose tracking and visual attention modeling and multi-person interaction analysis. The research will be conducted in the context of the TA2 project (http://www.ta2-project.eu) funded by the European Commission. The overall goal of the project is to develoop tools to favor remote communication and engagement between groups of people separated in space and time. More specifically, the postdoc will be involved in the research and development of algorithms for the analysis of the gaze and visual attention of people engaged in family video conference scenarios. This research will rely on Idiap's previous expertise on the design of multimodal person attention modeling in small group meetings. The postdoctoral researcher should have a strong background in computer vision. Experience in one or several of the following areas is required: visual tracking; head modeling (detection, recognition), facial feature analysis; human or object detection; machine learning. The applicant should also have strong programming skills, with experience in C/C++ development. The position is initially for one year. ------------- * A Ph.D Student on 3D face tracking and gaze modeling The research will be conducted in the project TRACOME ("Robust face tracking, feature extraction and multimodal fusion for audio-visual speech recognition and visual attention modeling in complex environment") funded by the Swiss Science Foundation. The PhD candidate will work on the design of new methods for robust face tracking under natural head movements using 3D deformable models, the tracking of gaze directions, and its application to attention modeling in human-human or robot-to-group of human interaction scenarios. The work will be done in collaboration with the LTS 5 laboratory of EPFL, which will handle the audio-visual speech recognition task of the project. The successful Ph.D student, who will be enrolled in the EPFL doctoral program, should have a master in computer science or related field, with a good background in mathematics. Experience or background in statistical learning theory, image processing or computer vision is a plus. The applicant should be familiar with C/C++ programming and the Linux environment. Appointment for the PhD student position is for a maximum of 4 years. Starting date: immediately. ------------ About Idiap: Idiap is an independent, non-profit research institute recognized and supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale 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.