[visionlist] PhD Positions; Deep Network Models of Attention

Greg Zelinsky gregory.zelinsky at stonybrook.edu
Mon Oct 29 00:11:53 -05 2018


I hope to recruit one or two new PhD students into my Eye Movements and Visual Cognition (EyeCog) lab at Stony Brook University, with positions starting in late August 2019. Opportunities would exist to work on several US-funded (National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health) projects, all of which use computer modeling methods (e.g., deep networks, reinforcement learning) to predict human attention behavior, as measured by changes in eye fixation. 

Interested applicants need to apply for Fall 2019 admission to the Cognitive Science program (part of the Psychology Department) at Stony Brook University (deadline December 15; https://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/psychology/graduate/application_instructions). Preference will be given to applicants with previous experience in attention research, eye-tracking, computer vision, or machine learning, and ideally some combination thereof. However, applicants who lack this experience but possess a keen interest in acquiring expertise in two or more of these fields will also be considered. Applicants with experience in EEG, or are from minority or under-represented groups, are also encouraged to apply.   

Students admitted into the PhD program receive a stipend of just under $20,000 for the academic year, and the Psychology department uses a range of mechanisms to provide $3,000 to $6,000 in additional support over the summer months when regular semester classes are not in session. Because the EyeCog lab is currently well funded, students working with me will likely receive summer support at the high end of this range, although this cannot be promised.  The stipend package is guaranteed for five years (assuming good standing in the program), allowing students the time they need to learn their field, and to develop a CV that will be competitive for postdoc, faculty, and industry positions.  

Geographically, Stony Brook University is located on the bucolic and green north shore of Long Island, New York, with beautiful white-sand beaches about 25 km to the south and New York City about 90 km to the west, with easy access by train from campus.

Greg Zelinsky

Departments of Psychology and Computer Science

Stony Brook University

Gregory.Zelinsky at stonybrook.edu 
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