[visionlist] PhD Positions - Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics - Visual Computing and AI Department

Christian Theobalt theobalt at mpi-inf.mpg.de
Wed Dec 7 04:46:43 -04 2022

*PhD Positions at the Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics - Visual 
Computing and Artificial Intelligence Department *

The Visual Computing and Artificial Intelligence Department at the 
Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany,
headed by Christian Theobalt, investigates foundational research 
problems at the intersection of Computer Graphics, Computer Vision and
Artificial Intelligence. We have open PhD positions.



It is our long term vision to develop entirely new ways to capture, 
represent, synthesize and simulate models of the real world at highest 
detail, robustness, and efficiency.
To achieve this long term goal, we develop new concepts that rethink and 
unite established approaches from Computer Graphics and Computer Vision 
with concepts from
Artificial Intelligence, in particular Machine Learning. Our work lays 
the foundations for a new of thinking about computer graphics, and a new 
way of uniting and enriching
the real world with computer graphics technology. It also lays the 
foundations for advanced methods to better perceive, understand and 
interpret the complex real world in motion
surrounding us from visual observation, which is an essential capability 
of future intelligent computing systems that safely and intuitively 
interact with humans and the human world.

Example topics of research are:

Virtual Humans
Neural Representations and Neural Rendering
Deep Learning for Visual Computing
Generative Models
AI for Graphics and Vision
Visual Scene Understanding
3D and 4D Reconstruction
Multi-modal Reconstruction and Synthesis
Free-viewpoint and 3D Video
Marker-less Motion and Performance Capture
3D Image Analysis and Synthesis
Inverse Rendering
Geometric Modeling
Virtual and Augmented Reality
New Sensors for Visual Computing
Physically-based and Image-based Rendering
New Methods for Man-Machine Interaction

The department also features a 350 sqm laboratory space that is home to 
unique state-of-the art facilities for capture and display of real world 
models, in particular humans, at highest detail.
Examples include a dynamic capture studio with 120 4K cameras and 
several additional capture and display setups that are unique.

Further, as a result of a new strategic partnership with Google, 
Christian Theobalt is directing a new research center on visual 
computing, interaction and AI at the
MPI for Informatics (see: http://www.via-center.science), which offers 
additional exciting opportunities for forefront re-search in the area.

A PhD in the VCAI department of MPI for Informatics means being part of 
a unique inspiring environment and a very active team of world leading 
scientists that contribute
to the very forefront of research in visual computing and AI.

Applicants for PhD positions should have a Master degree (or equivalent) 
in computer science or a related field and have an outstanding academic 
record. Admission with a Bachelor degree is feasible with additional 
We further expect research experience in one of the aforementioned 
fields of work, ideally already documented by peer reviewed publications 
in the top tier publication venues of the respective fields. Candidates 
should have
solid programming experience. We also expect the candidates to be fluent 
in both written and spoken English.
In case you are interested, please submit your complete application 
package including a CV, a list of publications, a statement of purpose, 
transcripts, language/admission test results
(e.g. TOEFL, GRE if available) and the contacts of at least two 
references via Email to:

d6-applications at mpi-inf.mpg.de

The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in those 
areas where they are underrepresented and therefore explicitly 
encourages women to apply. The Max Planck
Society is further committed to employing more individuals with 
handicaps and particularly encourages these to apply.

*Background Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics: *

The Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken is one of the 
world’s leading research institutes in Computer Science. Since the 
foundation of the institute’s establishment in 1990 it has researched
the mathematical foundations of information technology in the areas of 
algorithms and complexity, as well as logic of programming. At the same 
time researchers at the institute have developed new
algorithms for various application areas such as databases and 
information systems, program verification, and bioinformatics. Basic 
research in visual computing, i.e. computer graphics and computer
vision, at the intersection to artificial intelligence and machine 
learning, is also an important focus of the institute. With publications 
at the highest level and the education of excellent young researchers,
the MPI for Informatics plays a major part in advancing basic research 
in computer science.

*Background Max Planck Society: *

The Max Planck Society is Germany's most successful research 
organization. With 29 Nobel Laureates among the ranks of its scientists, 
it is on equal footing with the best and most prestigious research 
institutions worldwide. The more than 15,000 publications each year in 
internationally renowned scientific journals are proof of the 
outstanding research work conducted at Max Planck Institutes – and many 
of those articles are among the most-cited publications in the relevant 
field. The currently 86 Max Planck Institutes and facilities conduct 
basic research in the service of the general public in the natural 
sciences, life sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Max Planck 
Institutes focus on research fields that are particularly innovative, or 
that are especially demanding in terms of funding or time requirements


Prof. Dr. Christian Theobalt
Scientific Director
Visual Computing and Artificial Intelligence Department

Max-Planck-Institute for Informatics
Saarland Informatics Campus
Campus E1.4, 66123 Saarbruecken, Germany
Phone +49 681 9325 4500        Fax +49 681 9325 4599
Email:theobalt at mpi-inf.mpg.de
Assistant Email:budde at mpi-inf.mpg.de  

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