[visionlist] PhD Studentship in Vision Science, EPSRC-funded
anya.hurlbert at ncl.ac.uk
Thu May 4 15:11:53 GMT 2006
PhD studentship in Vision Science, EPSRC-funded
Colour, Texture and 3D Shape Interactions in Real-World Surface Perception
Newcastle University, UK
Applications are invited for an EPSRC-funded PhD studentship in colour
perception of natural 3D objects. The goal of the project is to understand
how the human perception of real object colours is influenced by surface
texture and shading, as well as by cognitive factors such as object
familiarity. The project will involve computational analysis and databasing
of natural chromatic textures, as well as measurements of human perception
using a novel technique to manipulate the colours of real objects. Thus the
project is at the interface of psychology and computer vision. Unilever plc
is the industrial partner in the project.
The studentship is offered in Professor Hurlbert's lab in the School of
Biology and Psychology at Newcastle University. The School is one of the
premier Psychology groupings in the UK, having scored the highest ratings
in both research (RAE 2001 5*) and teaching (QAA Subject Review 24/24
points). The lab is in the new JIF-funded Henry Wellcome Building for
Neuroecology, which also houses state-of-the-art facilities for imaging and
neurophysiology, a computational suite for biological modelling and
neuroinformatics, eye trackers, and a range of devices for natural image
processing. The School also plays a vital role in the Institute of
Neuroscience, one of the largest neuroscience communities in the UK.
Candidate requirements. Interested candidates with backgrounds in
psychology, engineering, mathematics or a natural science are encouraged to
apply. Candidates must have good computing skills, an enthusiasm for
understanding human visual perception, and hold the equivalent of a 2.1 or
higher degree class, by October 2006. The student will gain experience in
psychophysical experimental design and programming, colour science, and
computational modelling. Please see www.epsrc.ac.uk/student for further
guidelines on eligibility.
Student stipend: EPSRC sets a minimum stipend level of 12,300 UK pounds for
the year 2006/2007.
Newcastle upon Tyne is a lively city, named by Newsweek in 2002 as one of
the world's eight top creative cities. Home to the Baltic (Europe's largest
contemporary art museum), the new Sage Gateshead music centre, Newcastle
United Football Team, and a vigorous night life loved by its large student
population, it is also a welcoming place to live.
Please contact <mailto:Anya.Hurlbert at ncl.ac.uk>Anya.Hurlbert at ncl.ac.uk if
you are interested or have further questions. (Note that Professor
Hurlbert will also be at VSS 2006).
To apply, please send a statement of interest, CV, and the names of two
referees directly to anya.hurlbert at ncl.ac.uk, and complete the university
application form online at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply/.
Deadline for application 19 May 2006.
Anya Hurlbert MD PhD
Director, Institute of Neuroscience
Professor of Visual Neuroscience
Henry Wellcome Building for Neuroecology
University of Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 4HH
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