[visionlist] Fully funded PhD position on "Privacy preservation in video-based AAL applications" - visuAAL Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on Privacy-Aware and Acceptable Video-Based Technologies and Services for Active and Assisted Living
francisco.florez at ua.es
Wed Oct 28 13:46:28 -04 2020
Fully funded PhD position - ESR 13: Privacy preservation in video-based AAL applications - visuAAL Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network on Privacy-Aware and Acceptable Video-Based Technologies and Services for Active and Assisted Living
Universidad de Alicante, Spain
Deadline: 20 November 2020
Call for applications: https://www.visuaal-itn.eu/sites/default/files/2020-10/Call%20for%20applications%20ESR13.pdf
visuAAL is a four-year (2020-2024) Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Network, funded by the European Union, that aims at bridging the knowledge gap between users’ requirements and the appropriate and secure use of video-based AAL technologies to deliver effective and supportive care to older adults managing their health and wellbeing.
visuAAL will seek to increase awareness and understanding of the context-specific ethical, legal, privacy and societal issues necessary to implement visual system across hospital, home and community settings, in a manner that protects and reassures users; outputs will stimulate the development of a new research perspective for constructively addressing privacy-aware video-based working solutions for assisted living.
visuAAL will provide a transdisciplinary and cross-sectoral combination of training, non-academic placements, courses and workshops on scientific and complementary skills to 15 high achieving Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). These newly hired ESRs will contribute through their individual research projects to fulfil visuAAL's aims.
Visual data exposes a lot of information about individuals appearing on images and videos. Individuals may want to conceal all of this data, but in this case, the remaining information would be useless for the AAL services that build upon it. Therefore, there is a need to establish a trade-off between privacy and intelligibility of the images. This project will advance in a privacy-by-context approach, in which different visualisations are produced depending on the context in which images or videos are captured: Identity, appearance, location, ongoing activity of the subject being monitored; event triggered; identity and access rights of the observer; closeness between observer and monitored subject… While these privacy-by-context approach has been successfully employed using RGB-D cameras, it has been difficult to address privacy preservation using regular RGB cameras either located in the environment (preferably on the ceiling) or worn by the user. Therefore, this project will investigate visualisations methods to conceal visual privacy in applications and services for older and frail people that employ RGB cameras.
* Applicants should hold a relevant Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, or a related area
* Applicants should not have been awarded a PhD degree
* At the time of recruitment, applicants should have less than four (full time equivalent) years of experience within a research career (measured from the date when the applicant obtained the first degree entitling him/her to embark on a doctorate, even if a doctorate was never started or envisaged)
* Applicants must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the recruiting institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the recruitment date
* Proficiency in written and spoken English
* Be highly motivated;
* Creativity and high level of independency;
* It is the policy of the visuAAL project to promote equal opportunities between men and women and stimulate gender balance.
* Additional requirements: None
The full-time gross yearly salary amounts to € 35,264.39 (plus bonus according to family charges).
More information at the <https://www.visuaal-itn.eu/> visuAAL website.
Francisco (Paco) Flórez-Revuelta
<mailto:francisco.florez at ua.es> francisco.florez at ua.es
Department of Computing Technology, Research Group on Domotics and Ambient Intelligence
University of Alicante
Carretera San Vicente s/n, 03690 San Vicente del Raspeig, Alicante (Spain)
Coordinator of <https://paal-project.eu/> PAAL MYBL project and <https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/861091> visuAAL Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN. Chair of the <https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA19121> GoodBrother COST Action
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