[vslist] PhD studentship

Zanker J J.Zanker at rhul.ac.uk
Wed Jun 9 11:28:01 GMT 2004


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&  Department of Psychology

Royal Holloway University of London

 Research Studentship    'Visual Motion Transparency and X-Ray Imaging' 

 A industrial CASE Studentship (funded by EPSRC) is available in a
collaboration between the Department of Psychology and HolViz Ltd, a
recently founded spin-out company of Royal Holloway, University of London.
The PhD project will be associated with a feasibility study on the use of
motion parallax for the reconstruction of depth in X-Ray security scanners,
and will focus on some basic science aspects related to this application.
The project will be concerned with the processing mechanisms to extract
transparent motion signals such as they are emerging from dynamic
transmission X-ray images, and it will ideally employ a combination of
psychophysical and computational modelling techniques. Close collaboration
will be sought to the R&D proof-of-the-concept study, developing a software
package to simulate the function of the new generation of neuro-morphic 3D
security scanners, and testing the package with artificial and real-life
image sequences. The project is led by Prof. Johannes M. Zanker (Scientific
Director of HolViz Ltd) in the Department of Psychology at Royal Holloway
University of London.

We will be looking for a creative and enthusiastic person with good
analytical and programming skills, and preferably some experience in visual
psychophysics or other areas of visual neurosciences or machine vision, but
applications will be invited from individuals with a first degree in a range
of scientific disciplines. The requirements for EPSRC studentships include a
first degree at 2:1 or higher level, and a residence status in the UK. We
positively welcome applications from all sections of the community. The
three-year CASE Studentship offers a range of benefits for the graduate
student, including full coverage of university fees, award of a highly
competitive maintenance grant, 3 months placement in industry, and the
opportunity to get actively involved in a cutting edge technology transfer
project which huge potential impact on the security industry. 

Royal Holloway is a constituent college of the University of London, located
about 20 miles to the west of Central London, close to Windsor and to
Heathrow. The campus is dominated by the Victorian Founder's Building and
offers modern academic, residential and recreational facilities in a
parkland setting. Royal Holloway welcomes a truly diverse community -
approximately 6,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students coming from over
80 countries. The College has been confirmed as one of the leading
universities in the UK in the last Research Assessment Exercise (RAE),
ranking in the top ten in the major league tables. Within Royal Holloway,
the Department of Psychology is one of the larger academic departments,
which has been consistently ranked as one of the best Psychology Departments
in the country. It has a very strong research record, to which the Vision
Group makes a substantial contribution, as demonstrated by its lead in a
regional university consortium to host a 3T fMRI brain scanner on the Royal
Holloway campus. In the framework of a dense network of national and
international collaborations, and supported by recent appointments in this
area, the Vision Group at Royal Holloway is developing the reputation of a
focal point of expertise for the functioning of the human visual system. In
this context, the department is developing its expertise into commercial
activities, leading to new endeavours such as the foundation of HolViz Ltd. 

Informal enquiries can be made by e-mail to Johannes M. Zanker
(j.zanker at rhul.ac.uk).

There is no formal closing date for applications, but the position is
expected to be filled during the summer with the intention to start in
September 2004

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johannes m. zanker 
department of psychology,   royal holloway university of london 
egham,  surrey TW20 0EX,   england 
phone +44 - 1784 - 44 3521          fax +44 - 1784 - 43 4347 
e-mail J.Zanker at rhul.ac.uk 
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