[visionlist] Jobs: Postdoc in Computer Vision and Computer Graphics at Bath, UK

Christian Richardt christian at richardt.name
Thu Apr 2 18:04:58 -04 2020

I am looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research
Associate in Computer Vision and Computer Graphics
<https://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=CC7561> to work on dynamic
scene view synthesis for 6-DoF VR Video.

This is a full-time, fixed-term appointment until June 2021. The starting
salary will be £33,797–£40,322. The application deadline is Thursday, 30
April 2020, with an anticipated interview date in May 2020. The successful
candidate is expected to start as soon as possible.

*Project context:*
To feel truly immersed in virtual reality, one needs to be able to freely
look around within a virtual environment and see it from the viewpoints of
one’s own eyes. Immersion requires ‘freedom of motion’ in six
degrees-of-freedom (‘6-DoF’), so that viewers see the correct views of an
environment. As viewers move their heads, the objects they see should move
relative to each other, with different speeds depending on their distance
to the viewer. This is called motion parallax and is a vital depth cue for
the human visual system that is entirely missing from existing 360° VR

To achieve 6-DoF VR video that enables photorealistic exploration of
dynamic real environments in 360° virtual reality, this project will
develop novel video-based capture, 3D reconstruction and rendering
techniques. We first explore different approaches for capturing static and
dynamic 360° environments, which are more challenging, including using 360°
cameras and multi-camera rigs. We have started with 6-DoF 360° VR
photographs (i.e. static scenes) and want to extend our approach to 6-DoF
VR videos.

Our aim is to publish the resulting research and results in leading
computer vision and computer graphics venues, specifically CVPR/ICCV/ECCV,
IJCV and/or SIGGRAPH (Asia)/Transactions on Graphics.

*Job description:*
The main focus of this job is to research and develop novel algorithms for
reconstructing the 3D geometry of the environments from the captured
imagery by extending multi-view geometry/photogrammetry techniques to
handle dynamic 360° environments. Extending image-based rendering to 360°
environments will then enable 6-DoF motion within a photorealistic 360°
environment with high visual fidelity, and will result in detailed 360°
environments covering all possible viewing directions.

You will join the vibrant Visual Computing group at Bath, which comprises
30 doctoral students, 5 post-doctoral researchers, 2 research software
engineers and 11 academics, and presents many opportunities for
collaborative work and shared publications.

To find out more about this position, the application procedure, the
project and/or our group, please contact Christian Richardt (
christian at richardt.name).

Please forward this email to anyone who might be interested in these

Many thanks,
Dr Christian Richardt <https://richardt.name/>

*Associate Professor & UKRI Innovation FellowUniversity of Bath, United
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