[visionlist] Postdoc position in vision neuroscience for cinema applications

Marcelo Bertalmío marcelo.bertalmio at upf.edu
Wed May 3 07:55:32 -04 2017


*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://www.dtic.upf.edu/~mbertalmio/). 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.

*R**emuneration**:* Gross salary is 3,000 EUR per month. This is a very
competitive salary given the cost of living in Spain (
https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/calculator.jsp).

*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 edu

*Description 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://www.upf.edu/etic/)
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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