[visionlist] postdoctoral position available

Two positions at the postdoctoral fellow or research
associate level are available in the laboratories of Profs. Marie Burns and
Edward Pugh at the University of California, Davis.  The Burns lab studies signal transduction and
synaptic transmission in the retina, in particular the physiology and cell
biology of rods and the rod pathway.  The
Pugh lab studies cone physiology, cone opsin biosynthesis and trafficking, and
in vivo imaging development.  We are
looking for highly committed individuals with retinal physiology or imaging
experience to participate in our investigations of retinal circuits in health
and disease.   Experimental approaches
will include single cell recordings, 2-photon microscopy and adaptive optics imaging
in vivo.


The Photoreceptor Lab is located in beautifully renovated
space in Tupper Hall on UC Davis’s main campus, and is associated with the
Center for Neuroscience and the Center for Visual Sciences. The Center for Vision
Science at UC Davis supports research in the basic sciences and translational
research in ophthalmology, all with a highly interactive and collegial faculty.
  Davis itself is a friendly, medium-sized college town close to the
cultural attractions of San Francisco and the recreational attractions of the
Napa Valley, Sierra Nevada and Pacific coast beaches.


Applicants should have a PhD in neurobiology or related
area and a strong publication record.  Experience
in live cell imaging, electrophysiology, or computational modeling is
desirable.  Please send CV and the names of 3 references to



[visionlist] PhD position, Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité Berlin

The Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin invites applications for a PhD position 

A Starting Grant of the European Research Council (ERC) will fund the currently open position (initially 24 months). The main objective of this ERC research program is to examine neural markers of multisensory integration and to test a new hypothesis that considers dynamic interplay of synchronized neural populations as a key to multisensory processes. The studies within this program include EEG and other neuroimaging methods. Studies will be conducted in healthy subjects and patients with schizophrenia. Multisensory processes will be examined in a series of experiments requiring both bottom-up and top-down processing.

Applicants should have a background in psychology, medicine, biology, physics, engineering, or neuroscience. Basic experience in human EEG or MEG studies, Matlab programming skills, as well as some German language skills for interacting with patients are prerequisites for the position. An interest in neurophysiological studies including clinical populations is expected.

Applicants are asked to submit their CV, a motivation letter including information about a possible starting date, 2 names of referees, and documentation of relevant qualifications (e.g., copies of diplomas and/or transcripts of grades) until January 9, 2013, electronically to: daniel.senkowski@charite.de


Daniel Senkowski

[visionlist] call for illusion submissions: the world’s 9th annual Best illusion of the Year Contest

[visionlist] Call for Participation – CCIW2013 : IAPR Computational Color Imaging Workshop (Chiba, Japan)

Wishing you a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!
We look forward to seeing you in Chiba next March.

Title : Call for Participation – CCIW2013 : IAPR Computational Color Imaging Workshop (Chiba, Japan)

[visionlist] 2nd CFP: PERCEPTION AND CONCEPTS, Riga 2013

Season’s greetings and the 2nd CfP!! (Of course, apologies for cross-posting)

9th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication
16-18 May 2013,
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia.

Edouard Machery (Pittsburgh)
Jesse Prinz (CUNY)

Alex Byrne (MIT)
David Chalmers (ANU/NYU)
Andy Clark (Edinburgh)
Ophelia Deroy (London)
Rob Goldstone (Indiana)
Pierre Jacob (Institut Jean Nicod)
Fiona Macpherson (Glasgow)
Ruth G. Millikan (Connecticut)
Alva Noe (UC, Berkeley)
Casey O’Callaghan (Rice)
Diane Pecher (Rotterdam)

The 9th Symposium for Cognition, Logic and Communication, to be held
at the University of Latvia in Riga on May 16-18, 2013, will focus on
the relation between perception and concepts. We will be particularly
interested in the following questions. To focus first on concepts,
could it be that, when we entertain a concept in thought, we are in
fact entertaining and manipulating perceptual representations? Are
concepts entirely different from perceptual representations? Does
acquiring a concept consist in abstracting a representation from one’s
percepts? If not, what is the relation between percepts and concepts?
To turn now to perception, can our perceptual experiences be
influenced, or penetrated, by one’s concepts and beliefs? If so, what
is the exact nature of the influence of higher cognition on
perception? Does the content of perceptual experiences depend on which
concepts one has? Can one even perceive without concepts?

The symposium is co-hosted by the Center for Cognitive Sciences and
Semantics of the University of Latvia (http://cognition.lu.lv/) and
the Department of Philosophy at McMaster University

Call for Submitted papers:

A limited number of papers will be selected for presentation at the
symposium and considered for inclusion in the proceedings in the
Baltic International Yearbook of Cognition, Logic and Communication

Time allowed for presentations is 40 minutes including discussion.
Submitted papers should have a maximum of 3,000 words and should be
accompanied by a 200 words abstract.

All submitted papers should be PREPARED FOR BLIND REVIEW, and should
be submitted electronically with ‘Paper Riga 2013’ as a subject to:


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS 15 JANUARY 2013. Authors will be notified

Symposium proposal:

In addition to individual papers, the scientific committee will be
considering proposals for symposia. Time allowed for symposia is 2
hours (including discussion). Symposia should include a minimum of
three and a maximum of four contributions. Submissions should be
clearly identified with the heading “Symposium proposal” and include:

1) The title of the symposium
2) A brief description of the topic and its relevance to the
conference (200 words)
3) The name, affiliation and academic status (student, lecturer,
assistant professor, etc.) of each participant
4) The title of each contribution as well as an extended 500-1000 word abstract.
5) The name, affiliation and academic status of the person who will be
chairing the symposium

Symposium proposals should be submitted electronically with ‘Symposium
Riga 2013’ as a title to:


DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS 15 JANUARY 2013. Authors will be notified

Sponsors and partners:

The University of Latvia
McMaster University


[visionlist] Open postdoc position in computer vision and pattern recognition @ Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision (PAVIS), IIT, Genova, Italy

One postdoctoral position in computer vision and pattern recognition is
available in the department of Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision
(PAVIS) at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) of Genova, Italy.

PAVIS department was launched three years ago with expertise on image
processing, computer vision, pattern recognition and machine learning to
study and design intelligent systems for the analysis and understanding
of real-world problems. PAVIS focuses in particular on activities
related but not limited to surveillance and security, biomedical
imaging, and bioinformatics.

Job Title 1:
Postdoctoral position in computer vision for 3D reconstruction of
neuronal connectivity from microscopy imaging.

Project Description:
The research position is part of the EU project RENVISION
(Retina-inspired ENcoding for advanced VISION tasks) awarded within the
initiative of Future Emerging Technologies: Neuro-Bio-Inspired Systems
(NBIS). The project is highly interdisciplinary, including
neuroengineering, electrophysiology, high-resolution microscopy imaging,
computational modelling, data analysis, machine learning and computer
vision. More information is provided at the end of this ad.

Description of the research:
The candidate will design novel analysis methodologies and algorithms
based on pattern recognition, computer vision and machine learning
techniques, aiming at reconstructing the 3D structure of neuronal
connectivity between amacrine and ganglion cells from microscopy 3D
imaging data of lower retinal layers.

Experience and Qualifications:
We are seeking a self-motivated individual with the ability to take
day-to-day responsibility for the progress of the proposed work. The
ideal candidate will have a PhD in Computer Science, Mathematics,
Electronic Engineering or a closely-related discipline, with competences
on machine learning/pattern recognition/computer vision, coupled with a
keen interest in neuroscience and biological data processing and
analysis. Expertise on (Bayesian) graphical models, deep learning and/or
dictionary learning is in general preferred. Experience on spiking
networks or retinal function will be appreciated while not being a
discriminating factor. Strong programming skill is required.

Duration of hiring:
3 years, starting date 1 March 2013 or the first useful date afterwards.

Closing Date:
The initial deadline for applications is February 01, 2013, although the
search will continue until appropriate candidates have been identified.

Annual salary:
in the range € 37,000 – € 43,000, depending on research experience and

How to apply:
Informal enquiries regarding the post should be directed to Prof.
vittorio[dot]murino[at]iit[dot]it or diego[dot]sona[at]iit[dot]it.
Interested applicants should send a CV (including a list of
publications) and contact information for 3 references to

Further information on the project, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia and
PAVIS department can be found at:

RENVISION Project description:
The research position is part of the EU project RENVISION awarded within
the initiative of Future Emerging Technologies: Neuro-Bio-Inspired
Systems (NBIS). The project is highly interdisciplinary, including
neuroengineering, electrophysiology, high-resolution microscopy imaging,
computational modelling, data analysis, machine learning and computer

The consortium consists of the following partners:
• Pattern Analysis and Computer Vision, Italian Institute of Technology,
Genova, IT (Coordinator)
• Neuroscience and Brain Technologies, Italian Institute of Technology,
Genova, IT
• Nanophysics, Italian Institute of Technology, Genova, IT
• Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, UK
• Institute for Adaptive and Neural Computation, University of Edinburgh, UK
• Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et en Automatique
(INRIA), Nice, FR.

The overall aim of the project is to achieve a comprehensive
understanding of how the retina encodes complex visual scenes, and to
use such insights to develop new computational models of retina and to
apply them to high-level computer vision tasks, such as scene
categorization and action recognition.
To this aim, the integration of recent advances in high-resolution 3D
light microscopy and high-density multi-electrode array (MEA)
technologies, will put the project in an unprecedented position to
investigate pan-retinal signal processing at high spatio-temporal
resolution, integrating these two technologies in a novel experimental
setup. This will allow for simultaneous recording from the entire
population of ganglion cells and functional imaging of inner retinal
layers at near-cellular resolution, combined with 3D structural imaging
of the whole inner retina. The analysis and fusion of these complex
datasets will require the development of novel multimodal analysis
methods. On these neuroscientific and computational grounds, the project
will generate new knowledge on retinal processing at various
developmental stages.
In particular, structural imaging of retina and its functional
recordings will be analysed using computer vision, pattern recognition
and machine learning techniques in order to reconstruct the neuronal
connectivity and to capture the intrinsic functionalities of retina in
response to a range of visual stimuli, from simple lighting patterns to
real scenes. Ultimately, the project will advance pattern recognition
and computer vision technologies by shedding new light on the internal
structure of retina and how the retinal processing allows solving
complex vision tasks.


[visionlist] 1x PhD: Cross-modal Interaction in Cogn. Systems / V. Franz

1x PhD: Cross-modal Interaction in Natural and Artificial
Cogn. Systems / Prof. Dr. V. Franz

The International Research Training Group Hamburg/Germany –
Beijing/China (IRTG-CINACS, Internationales Graduiertenkolleg)
“Cross-modal Interaction in Natural and Artificial Cognitive Systems”
funded by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche
Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG), the State of Hamburg, and the Ministry
of Education of the People’s Republic of China, is seeking highly
qualified and motivated candidates for

1 Doctoral Student Position

at the University of Hamburg

beginning Feb 1st, 2013, or later

The IRTG-CINACS offers a 3-year doctoral programme based at the
University of Hamburg and at Tsinghua University, Beijing. The
dissertation projects will be carried out at the University of
Hamburg. A part (up to 6 months) of the studies can be performed at
Tsinghua University (one of the highest ranking Universities of
China). The interdisciplinary programme provides exciting research
opportunities for research on multisensory perception and cross-modal
information processing.

The position is available in the lab of Prof. Dr. V. Franz at the
Department of Psychology of the University of Hamburg. It concerns
multimodal integration in perception and action. Required
qualifications are: comprehensive knowledge and interests in
experimental psychology and cognitive neurosciences. Programming
skills (Matlab / C) are of advantage.


The scholarship currently provides 1468 EUR per month and is not
subject to federal income tax. Additional benefits include family
allowance (where applicable), travel funding, support for carrying out
experiments, and an additional monthly allowance for the duration of
the stay in China. The scholarships are awarded for a period of 2
years with a possible extension of one additional year.

FURTHER DETAILS (including detailed project descriptions):



Applicants must hold a Master’s degree, or equivalent (“Diplom” or
“Medizinisches Staatsexamen”) in psychology, cognitive sciences,
computer science, electronic engineering, computational linguistics,
biology or similar fields. Female applicants are particularly
welcome. Successful applicants for a scholarship

– are fluent in English (language test not obligatory)

– are willing to participate in the exchange programme between the
University of Hamburg and Tsinghua University (participation in joint
activities, research visit to Tsinghua University for up to 6 months)

– are interested in advanced interdisciplinary research in the field
of multi-modal processes.


Please send the following documents with your application (either in
German or English):

– Curriculum vitae
– Copies of university certificates
– Copy of your passport (for non-German applicants)

Please address your application by EMAIL (ideally as one single
PDF-file) to: barbara.scharf-bluhm@uni-hamburg.de

Or by SURFACE MAIL (please do not send any original documents at this
stage, we cannot return any of your application papers; also you don’t
need to buy expensive folders, a simple, cheap loose leaf binder will
suffice) to:

Universität Hamburg
Allgemeine Psychologie
Sekretariat / z.Hd. Frau Scharf-Bluhm
von Melle Park 5
20146 Hamburg

If you have any questions please contact us by email