[visionlist] Postdoc position in vision neuroscience for cinema applications

Postdoc
Position in Vision Neuroscience for Cinema Applications

The
Information and Communication Technology department at Universitat
Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, invites applications for a
postdoctoral
position
in vision
neuroscience in
the research group “Image Processing for Enhanced Cinematography”
(http://ip4ec.upf.edu/) led by
Prof. Marcelo Bertalmío (http://ift.tt/1ixncwS).
The position is funded by the European Commission through its H2020
Programme, and the appointment is for two years with an option for a
third.

Requirements:
Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in vision neuroscience, have a solid
background in visual perception and perceptual modeling, and be
proficient in spoken and written English.

Remuneration:
Gross salary is 3,000
EUR per month. This
is a very competitive salary given the cost of living in Spain
(http://ift.tt/2p5lHPB).

Contact:
Please send application with CV, publication list, contact
information of three references, and a summary of research
accomplishments to: marcelo DOT bertalmio AT upf DOT eduDescription
of the project
The objective of this project is to develop
image processing algorithms based mainly on vision science models
that address different challenges in moviemaking, from shooting to
exhibition.

Given
that in terms of sensing capabilities cameras are in most regards
better than human photoreceptors, the superiority of human vision
over camera systems lies in the better processing which is carried
out in the retina and the brain. Therefore, rather than
working on the hardware, improving lenses and sensors, we resort
instead to existing knowledge on visual neuroscience and models on
visual perception to develop software methods mimicking neural
processes in the human visual system, and apply these methods to
images captured with a regular camera. We take the same approach when
addressing projection/exhibition, developing vision-based image
processing algorithms that try to overcome the limitations in
contrast and color reproduction that current display systems have.

We
also want to translate motion picture know-how into better vision
models, then use these models to develop image processing algorithms
for cinema postproduction. As it has successfully been proven in the
case of paintings, studying the craft of artists can give very
profound insights into how vision works. Doing this for movies, where
photographic realism can provide a very immersive surrogate for the
perception of the real world, we expect to develop improved vision
models for contrast and color perception that can be used to
automatize filmmaking tasks, optimize results for emerging
technologies, and process image content to maintain its appearance
constant under changing viewing conditions. Furthermore, these models
may open up new horizons in many different fields, having important
scientific, as well as industrial and artistic, impact.

Comment/web
site for additional job details

Universitat
Pompeu Fabra (UPF, http://www.upf.edu/en/)
is a public university located in Barcelona. It is the best Spanish
university according to the London Times higher education index,
2011, and it’s the number one Spanish university in number of ERC
grants. The Department of Information and Communication Technologies
(ICT, http://ift.tt/1QDiVMe)
is the best in Computer Science in Spain, according to the Shanghai
index 2009. The accreditation Units of Excellence Maria de Maeztu
2016-19 recognizes the units in Spain that perform cutting-edge
research and are among the world’s best in their respective areas:
only 3 university departments are accredited as such in Spain, and
ICT-UPF is the only one among technology and engineering.

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