[visionlist] graduate assistantships available in Perception and Action

Dear Visionlist users:

The Perception Action Cognition (PAC) Lab is looking for new graduate students with a starting date of August 2013.
Please check out the lab website for more details: http://ocean.otr.usm.edu/~w785427/lab.html

Current research topics include

space perception
multimodal memory
visual search
postural stability

What I am looking for in a graduate student is a dedicated, highly motivated person with excellent quantitative and behavioral statistics skills. I would prefer someone who is knowledgable in any computer programming languages such as C/C++, Matlab, R or similar. Minimally, I require from the candidate to express the willingness to learn some of these computing tools.

The successful applicant will receive a full paid assistantship (with a tuition waiver) that is renewable every year for 4 years. The deadline for applications is early January 2013.

[visionlist] 17th xmas meeting of the AVA: call-for-abstracts

Dear Colleague,

We will be celebrating seventeen years of AVA Christmas Meetings with
a Meeting in London on Tuesday 18th December.

This is a one-day meeting to be held in the Wilkins Building of
University College London.

This year’s keynote talks will be:

Johan Wagemans (Experimental Psychology, KU Leuven) on
“The encoding of parts and wholes in the visual cortical hierarchy”

David Perrett (School of Psychology, University of St Andrews) on
“The role of shape and colour in face perception”

Peter Neri, 2012 Marr Medal winner (Institute of Medical Sciences,
University of Aberdeen) on
“Deep structure of human sensory processing”

Abstracts (max length: 250 words) should be submitted by November 6th.
The first step of the submission process is at the bottom of the “call
for papers”

Abstracts will be peer-reviewed & published in the journal Perception
(so long as presenting authors attend the meeting) and should cover
previously unreported research on any aspect of vision in humans,
animals and machines. Abstracts must be in the standard format for
ECVP/Perception, examples can be seen at:
http://www.perceptionweb.com/P.html References should be given in the
body of the abstract in full, but without the title. e.g. (Rayner et
al, 2001, Vis Res, 41, 943-954) Unless otherwise stated (at the end of
the abstract), it will be assumed that the first author will be the
presenting author.

Please submit your abstract online:

Speakers should use their own laptop or bring a powerpoint
presentation on a memory stick.

The organizers will try to accommodate preferences for a talk or
poster but the number of submissions that this meeting now attracts
means that this is not always possible.

We look forward to seeing you on the 18th of December.

Lewis Griffin

[visionlist] SOFTWARE DEVELOPER at the INSTRUCT Image Processing Center in Microscopy, CNB-CSIC, Madrid

Dear all,

Please post the following job offer,

Best Regards,

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER at the INSTRUCT Image Processing Center in
Microscopy, CNB-CSIC, Madrid
Start Date: 26/09/2012 – End Date: 31/10/2012

Description: We are looking for a technically oriented candidate
(engineer, physicist, mathematician, computer scientist…) to work in
the development of a java-based platform for image processing in

Background: INSTRUCT is the European Strategic Initiative in the area
of Structural Biology. It is organized around 5 Core Centers and a
similar number of Associated Centers. During 2009 the Biocomputing
Unit (BCU) of the CNB-CSIC won the international competition to become
the “INSTRUCT Center for Image Processing in Biology”, starting its
operation during 2010 and providing the context for this opening of
positions. The BCU is well known in the area of three dimensional
electron microscopy, with over 150 publications in the area, including
public domains suites of programs and very popular image processing
methods. The I2PC is focused in the development of a large range of
services for the structural-biologist community, such as
3DEMbenchmark, Scipion or Pepper.

For further information go to Biocomp, XMIPP and INSTRUCT Image
Processing Center

Location: Madrid

Salary: 26000€

Required Skills:

BS in Computer Science, engineer, physicist, mathematician or
equivalent degree
Sound knowledge on JAVA and J2EE
Java Swing knowledge.
Experience in Python, Shell scripting or similar languages.
Experience in GNU Linux OS
Experience in XML-based technologies, including XML Schema and XSD.
Experience working on WS (REST and SOAP)
Medium level of proficiency in written and spoken English
The following skills are considered a “plus”, but are not essential:
Experience in JPA, Hibernate or Ibatis
Ontologies and the semantic Web
Workflow engines Technical experience (BPMN, BPEL, etc.)
General background on electron microscopy

Interested candidates should send their CV’s and letter of interest to
i2pc@cnb.csic.es before 31 October 2012

[visionlist] Research Position in Visual Perception for Enhanced Cinematography

http://www.dtic.upf.edu/~mbertalmio/ERC/recruitvision.htmlhttp://ec.europa.eu/euraxess/index.cfm/jobs/jobDetails/33798131The Information and Communication Technology department at UniversitatPompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, invites applications for a researchposition in visual perception. This position is associated with the
ERC Starting Grant “Image processing for enhanced cinematographyâ€, ledby Marcelo Bertalmío, http://www.dtic.upf.edu/~mbertalmio/, and whichis described below.Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in vision neuroscience, psychology of
visionor a related discipline, with at least 3 years of post-doctoral
experience and asolid background in visual perception and perceptual
modelling, and be proficient in spoken and written English.
The position is funded by the European Research Council and the
appointmentis for up to 5 years. Salary will be commensurate with
experience, in the bracketof 40,000 to 55,000EUR/year. Contact: please send application with CV, publication list, contact
informationof three references, and a summary of research
accomplishments to:marcelo DOT bertalmio AT upf DOT eduThe position
will be open until filled.Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF, http://www.upf.edu/en/) is a publicuniversity located in Barcelona. It is the best Spanish universityaccording to the London Times higher education index, 2011, and it’s
the number one Spanish university in number of ERC grants. TheInformation and Communication Technology department (ICT,http://www.upf.edu/dtic/en/) is the best in Computer Science in Spain,
according to the Shanghai index 2009.Description of the projectThe objective of this ERC Starting Grant project is to develop imageprocessing algorithms for cinema that allow people watching a movie on
a screen to see the same details and colors as people at the shootinglocation can. It is due to camera and display limitations that theshooting location and the images on the screen are perceived verydifferently. We want to be able to use common cameras and displays (as
opposed to highly expensive hardware systems) and work solely onprocessing the video so that our perception of the scene and of theimages on the screen match, without having to add artifical lightswhen shooting (other than for artistic purposes) or to manually
correct the colors to adapt to a particular display device. In termsof sensing capabilities cameras are in many regards better than humanphotoreceptors, but human vision performs better processing, carriedout in the retina and visual cortex. Therefore, rather than working on
the hardware, improving lenses and sensors, we will instead use,whenever possible, existing knowledge on visual neuroscience andmodels on visual perception to develop software methods mimickingneural processes in the human visual system, and apply these methods
to images captured with a regular camera. We will also use variationalmethods coupled with perceptual metrics to optimize the final outputs.From a technological standpoint, reaching our goal will be aremarkable achievement which will impact how movies are made (in less
time, with less equipment, with smaller crews, with more artisticfreedom) but also which movies are made (since good-visual-qualityproductions will become more affordable.) We also anticipate aconsiderable technological impact in the realm of consumer video. From
a scientific standpoint, this will imply finding solutions for severalchallenging open problems in image processing and computer vision, butit also has a strong potential to bring methodological advances toother domains like experimental psychology and visual neuroscience.http://www.dtic.upf.edu/~mbertalmio/ERC/overview.html

[visionlist] Debate: The Meaning of Mirror Neurons

Social Interactions Debate:

The Meaning of Mirror Neurons

Date: 25th October from 12:00 – 17:30

Venue: Senate Room, Gilbert Scott Building, University of Glasgow

Registration link: www.ccni.gla.ac.uk/registration

(Register your interest as this event is free and spaces are limited)

Enquiries: Claire.Grant@glasgow.ac.uk

Ever since the discovery of mirror neurons in monkeys, which were found to activate during action

control as well as during action observation, it has been debated if and how their existence and

function translates to humans. Large parts of research and discussion have been devoted to the

identification and measurement of actual mirror neurons, a mirror system, or a mirror mechanism

in humans. While these discussions are of course important, here we aim at discussing the wider

implications of such a capacity, assuming that it exists in some form or another. We therefore

dedicate this debate to “The Meaning of Mirror Neurons†and we aim at discussing their

potential role in development, evolution, mental simulation, social interaction and theory of mind.

Best Wishes

Klaus Kessler and Simon Garrod

Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

[Imageworld] Program for the IROS 2012 Workshop on Cognitive Assistive Systems (CAS2012)

IROS 2012 Workshop on Cognitive Assistive Systems (CAS2012): Closing the Action-Perception Loop

Sunday October 7th 2012

Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal

URL: http://www.cs.bris.ac.uk/~damen/cas2012/

We gladly invite you to attend the CAS2012 workshop…

It is becoming increasingly clear that future robotic systems will need to exhibit sophisticated assistive capabilities, highly tuned and responsive to the needs of human users. Whether on autonomous platforms or within personal computing systems, awareness of human intentions and requirements will be an essential attribute of any robotic system aiming to be genuinely useful. In essence, they will need to be capable of empathising with human behaviour if they are to be truly assistive in the fullest sense of the word.

Realising such cognitive assistive systems (CAS) will require advances along the complete processing pipeline, from sensing through to learning and interaction. For instance, sensing will need to be proactive, anticipating user actions and environment changes to optimise data capture; whilst learning will need to exploit knowledge gained from observation of past actions and behaviours to predict likely human responses and reactions under different scenarios. During task-performance, assistive systems need to predict the perceptual changes that result as a consequence of human actions. These are challenging tasks which are likely to require step changes in current state of the art capability if they are to be addressed.

The aim of this workshop is to bring together researchers from relevant disciplines to exchange ideas and results on these and related tasks, as well as on the form of existing and future cognitive assistive systems. This will include those working in sensing, such as speech and vision, machine learning and AI, human computer interaction, biomechanics, and on systems and applications, including autonomous platforms, sensor networks and wearable computing, for example. One area in which CA systems are likely to have significant impact is in industrial manufacturing and training, and applications in this area will be of particular interest for this workshop.


08:30 Introduction

08:40 Invited Speaker: Prof. Danica Kragic on Extracting and representing relevant information from high-dimensional data

09:15 Invited Speaker: Dr. Jeremy Wyatt on Active sensing and prediction in cognitive robots

09:50 Active Perception of Objects for Robot Grasping. Joao Bimbo, Xiaojing Song, Hongbin Liu, Lakmal Senerivatne and Kaspar Althoefer, King’s College London

10:10 A Preliminary Account of 3D Visual Search. Fiora Pirri, Matia Pizzoli, and Arnab Sinha, Sapienza Università di Roma

10:30 coffee break

11:00 Invited Speaker: Prof. Yiannis Aloimonos on Cognitive Robots with a minimalist action grammar: Theory and Applications

11:35 Decoupling behavior, control and perception in affordance-based manipulation. Tucker Hermans, Jim Rehg and Aaron Bobick, Georgia Tech

11:55 Case Study: COGNITO – Cognitive Workflow Capturing and Rendering with On-Body Sensor Networks. Gabriele Bleser and Ardhendu Behera

12:25 lunch break

14:00 Invited Speaker: Prof. Tamim Asfour on Combining Active Vision and Active Touch for Grasping Unknown Objects

14:35 Invited Speaker: Dr. Claude Androit on Immersive Virtual Manufacturing and Training with Haptic Feedback and Virtual Manikins

15:10 Symbiotic-Autonomous Service Robots for User-Requested Tasks in a Multi-Floor Building. Manuela Veloso, Joydeep Biswas, Brian Coltin, Stephanie Rosenthal, Susana Brandao, Tekin Mericli and Rodrigo Ventura, Carnegie Mellon University

15:30 Multi-scale cortical keypoints for realtime hand tracking and gesture recognition. Miguel Farrajota, Mário Saleiro, Kasim Terzic, João Rodrigues and Hans Du Buf, University of the Algarve

15:50 coffee break

16:30 Case Study: Closing The Action-Perception Loop at KTH. Lazaros Nalpantidis, Geert Kootstra and Renaud Detry

16:50 Posters Session

17:55 Conclusion


Dima Damen, University of Bristol, UK

Gabriele Bleser, DFKI, Germany

Lazaros Nalpantidis, KTH, Sweden

Gert Kootstra, KTH, Sweden

Renaud Detry, KTH, Sweden

Ardhendu Behera, University of Leeds, UK

Luis Almeida, Centre for Computer Graphics, Portugal


mailto: cas2012workshop@gmail.com

[Imageworld] Postdoc Position, Scientific Computing, Univ College London

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in
Scientific Computing/Numerical Modelling to work with Dr T. Betcke
(UCL Mathematics) and Prof S. Arridge (UCL Centre for Medical Image
Computing) on fast PDE solvers and inverse problems for image
reconstruction with applications to medical imaging. This is part of a
large interdisciplinary group, researching methods for Electrical
Impedance Tomography, Ultrasound and Optical Tomography, including
industrial collaboration.

The Research Associate will contribute to the development of forward
and inverse solvers and their numerical implementation for large-scale
problems. A strong background in mathematics, scientific computing or
related areas is required. In particular, candidates should have
experience with finite and or boundary element methods and inverse
problems. Software development experience in C++ is essential.

This post is available from 1 November 2012 or as soon as possible
thereafter, and is funded by the MRC from 1 November 2012 to 6 October
2014 in the first instance.

For further information and an online application form see

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr Timo Betcke, tel: +44 (0)20
3108 4068, email: t.betcke@ucl.ac.uk.

The closing date for the post is 3 October 2012.

[Imageworld] Call for IEEE ICME Workshop Proposals

Call for Workshop Proposals

July 15-19, 2013 ● Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, California, USA

Please visit http://www.icme2013.org/cfw.php for details

Workshop proposals are solicited for ICME 2013. The workshops should be
clearly focused and be facilitating active discussions and constructive
interactions on current or emerging topics of interest. They should
allow members of the community to share and discuss approaches, methods,
innovative technologies for multimedia, and new concepts on research
topics pertinent to the main conference. These topics would bring to the
interest of the multimedia research community or bridge the community
with experts from other areas.

Workshop proposals for ICME 2013 should include:

The title, goals, and duration of the workshop (half-day or
The specific topics that will be addressed by the workshop;
The relevance and significance of this workshop to the main
The history of the workshop if it is not the first version;
A draft call for papers for the proposed workshop with:
– The names, affiliations, email addresses, and short bios of
the workshop organizers, who should be experts in the related topics and
preferably from multiple institutions;
– The paper selection process;
– A list of potential Program Committee members and their

Workshop proposals should not exceed four pages and should be submitted
to the Workshop Chairs, Zhengguo Li (ezgl [at] i2r.a-star.edu.sg), Maria
Luisa Sapino, (mlsapino[at] di.unito.it), and Timothy K. Shih,

Workshop proposals will be evaluated based on various criteria
including the theme of the workshop, its relevance to the main
conference, and the overall balance of the conference workshop program,
as well as the quality and level of details of the proposal.

Workshop co-chairs:

Zhengguo Li, Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore (ezgl [at]
Maria Luisa Sapino, University of Torino, Italy (mlsapino[at]
Timothy K. Shih, National Central University, Taiwan

Important Dates
Workshop Proposal Due:December 1, 2012
Notification of Workshop Proposals:December 15, 2012
Workshop Paper Submission:February 20, 2013
Notification of Workshop Paper Acceptance:April 15, 2013
Camera-Ready Paper Due:April 30, 2013

Dr. Pradeep Atrey
Associate Professor
Department of Applied Computer Science
The University of Winnipeg, MB, R3B 2E9 CANADA
Off: 3D19, Ph: 1(204)789-1402, Fax: 1(204)774-8057
Email: p.atrey@uwinnipeg.ca
URL: http://www.acs.uwinnipeg.ca/pkatrey/

[Imageworld] JOB: Vision Researcher at TAAZ.COM

Full Time Vision Researcher

TAAZ., a San Diego-based startup, has a full time position available
in Computer Vision / Computer Graphics. You will work with an
outstanding group of computer vision researchers to create new
capabilities for the world’s best virtual try-on technology. If you
enjoy a fast-paced and intense R&D environment and want to see your
ideas and software used by millions of consumers each month, TAAZ is a
great match for you.

The position requires a Ph.D. in Computer Science / Electrical
Engineering / Mathematics or similar discipline with an emphasis on
Computer Vision, Computer Graphics or Computational Photography.
Candidates with a Masters degree and more than 5 years experience in a
research and development position are also encouraged to apply.
Experience in image-based modeling and rendering, computational
photography, amateur or professional photography, or automatic image
enhancement is a big plus. Experience Machine Learning is desired but
not required. Publications in CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, NIPS, SIGGRAPH,
Eurographics or similar conferences will improve your chances of being

You would need extensive knowledge of the current literature; a very
good taste for selecting theoretically sound, and practically viable
solutions to problems; and an ability to come up with novel algorithms
and methods to solve and implement vision problems under time

In this position, you will convert your research ideas into products
that will be used by millions of users online. Accordingly, you must
have strong programming experience (C++ / Java etc.) and would need to
quickly learn new languages and be ready to create solutions that are
effective under a variety of architectures, operating systems, and
environments. Excellent command over MATLAB is required. Familiarity
with libraries like OpenCV, BLAS/ATLAS, GSL and GPU programming etc.
would be very useful.

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Founded out of UCSD’s computer vision group, TAAZ is the world leader
in virtual try on technology. It enables users to upload their own
photos and try on makeup, hairstyles, hair color, sunglasses, jewelry,
etc. TAAZ powers the virtual try-on solutions for renowned cosmetics
companies (Estee Lauder, Clinique, Revlon, Aveda, Laura Mercier, and
more), media companies (Instyle.com, People.com, iVillage.com,
Oxygen.com, bravotv.com etc.), and retailers (Marks & Spencer,
Topshop) in more than a dozen countries worldwide. Taaz.com, our
website has helped and entertained millions of women online. Our
solutions are cross-platform (web, phone, tablet, kiosk),
multi-language and multi-OS. Our flagship website TAAZ.COM won
Connect’s “Most Innovative New Product Award” and has been featured
on television, newspapers, print magazines, blogs and other media
worldwide. We have a fun, informal hard working culture that
values value innovative thinking and elegant solutions.

Email your resume, contact information for two references, dates of
availability to jobs@taaz.com and please include the words VISION
POSITION in the subject line.

David Kriegman, Ph.D.
Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
Taaz, Inc.

[Imageworld] CfP: NIPS 2012 Workshop on Perturbations, Optimization, and Statistics (new deadline: October 19)

Call for Contributions

NIPS 2012 Workshop on Perturbations, Optimization, and Statistics

December 8, 2012 at Lake Tahoe, Nevada, U.S.A.
Web Site: http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~gpapan/pos12/
Submission Deadline: October 19, 2012 (extended from September 30, 2012)

== Overview ==
In nearly all machine learning tasks there exists randomness, or noise, in the
observed data and in the relationships encoded by the model. Often this noise
is considered undesirable and would be eliminated if possible. However, there
is an emerging body of work on perturbation methods, showing the benefits of
modeling, learning, and inference pipelines that explicitly consider the
addition of noise. Perturbation methods provide a principled way to reason
about neighborhoods of possible outcomes when trying to make a decision which,
for example, is robust to small changes in model parameters or needs to
account for a lack of knowledge by averaging over different possible
outcomes. Recently, several works influenced by diverse fields of research
such as statistics, optimization, machine learning, and theoretical computer
science, have used perturbation methods in similar ways. The workshop aims to
bring together the growing community of researchers interested in various
aspects of this area, to broaden our understanding of why and how perturbation
methods can be useful, and to explore applications of these methods in areas
such as computer vision and language modeling.

== Call for Papers ==
In addition to a program of invited presentations, we solicit contribution of
short papers that explore perturbation-based methods in the context of topics
such as: statistical modeling, sampling, inference, estimation, theory, robust
optimization, robust learning. We are interested in both theoretical and
application-oriented works. We also welcome papers that explore connections
between alternative ways of using perturbations.

Contributed papers should adhere to the NIPS format and be up to four pages
long (without counting the list of references). Papers submitted for review do
not need to be anonymized. There will be no official proceedings. Thus, apart
from papers reporting novel unpublished work, we also welcome submissions
describing work in progress or summarizing a longer paper under review for a
journal or conference (this should be clearly stated though). Accepted papers
will be presented as posters; some may also be selected for spotlight talks.

Please submit papers in PDF format by email to posNIPS2012@gmail.com. The
submission deadline is October 19, 2012 and notifications of acceptance will
be sent by October 28, 2012. At least one of the authors must be attending the
workshop to present the work.

== Confirmed Invited Speakers ==
Ryan Adams (Harvard), Amir Globerson (HUJI), Tommi Jaakkola (MIT), Andrea
Montanari (Stanford), Yuval Peres (Microsoft Research), Pascal Vincent
(Montreal), Max Welling (UCI), Alan Yuille (UCLA).

== Organizers ==
Tamir Hazan (TTI-C), George Papandreou (UCLA), Danny Tarlow (Univ. of Toronto).