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Position:

Type: PhD Student
Name (ID): Gesture and activity recognition (OP-20200409-094812)
Supervised by: Jean-Marc ODOBEZ

Description:

The Perception and Activity Understanding group (Jean-Marc Odobez, http://www.idiap.ch/~odobez/) seeks one PhD candidate for a Swiss NSF funded project aiming to study robot skills acquisition through active learning and social interaction strategies (ROSALIS). The PhD candidate will work on the multimodal perception of persons and in particular on gesture analysis, with tasks going from the accurate estimation and tracking of upper-body pose or hands, the contextual recognition of gestures from RGB-Depth data, their temporal segmentation, and the exploitation of different cues like gaze or speech. Experiments on standard datasets from the computer vision and multimodal domains is expected. Collection of project specific data might also be envisioned.

The ideal PhD candidate should hold a MS degree in computer science, engineering, physics or applied mathematics. S/he should have a good background in statistics, linear algebra, signal processing and programming, machine learning. Experience in computer vision and deep learning are definitely a plus. The successful applicant will have good analytical skills, written and oral communication skills.

The position is for 4 years, provided successful progress, and should lead to a dissertation. The selected candidates will become doctoral students at EPFL provided acceptance by the Doctoral School at EPFL (http://phd.epfl.ch/applicants). Annual gross salary ranges from 47,000 CHF (first year) to 50,000 CHF (last year).

About Idiap:

Idiap is an independent, not-for-profit, research institute recognized and funded by the Swiss Federal Government, the State of Valais, and the City of Martigny.

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a young, high-quality, 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.

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 exceptional quality of life, exciting recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing, as well as varied cultural activities. It is within close proximity to Lausanne and Geneva. Although Idiap is located in the French part of Switzerland, English is the official working language. Free French lessons are also provided on a complimentary basis.

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