[visionlist] PhD Positions - VIA Research Center - Strategic Partnership of MPI for Informatics and Google

Christian Theobalt theobalt at mpi-inf.mpg.de
Fri Dec 9 09:40:30 -04 2022

*PhD Positions – Strategic Partnership between Google and MPI for 
Informatics – Saarbrücken Research Center for Visual Computing,
Interaction and Artificial Intelligence (VIA) at MPI for Informatics*

The Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Informatics in Saarbrücken (Germany) 
and Google have started a strategic partnership to establish the
*Saarbrücken Research Center for Visual Computing, Interaction and 
Artificial Intelligence (VIA)* at the MPI for Informatics.


The center will investigate basic frontier research challenges in 
computer graphics, computer vision, and human machine interaction, at 
the intersection to artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Research results of the center will be openly published. The VIA center 
is directed by Prof. Dr. Christian Theobalt from MPI for Informatics.

The center will work on developing important methodical foundations of 
future intelligent, interactive, immersive and autonomous computing 
systems that could support humans in their private and work lives and 
that critically depend on advanced approaches in visual computing, 
interaction and artificial intelligence. The research conducted at the 
center could lay the foundations, for example, for new ways to 
communicate and interact with and via computing systems of the future, 
for better ways to enable intelligent computing systems to perceive and 
safely interact with the human world, for new ways to simulate complex 
scenes with computer graphics, for new ways to build highly immersive 
virtual and augmented reality environments, or for innovative ways to 
create intelligent visual digital assistants. Research in the center 
will pave the way for new algorithms that, on the one hand, empower 
profoundly advanced functional capabilities in the aforementioned areas, 
and at the same time enable better accountability for the underlying 
algorithms in the form of enhanced explainability, robustness and 

The new VIA research center at MPI for Informatics offers a striving and 
inspiring environment, and world class research facilities to conduct 
forefront research. We are looking for PhD students with a background 
and interest in the topics of the center, such as:

-Neural rendering and neural scene representations
-Foundations of machine learning for visual computing
-Virtual human capture and modeling
-Human animation
-3D/4D reconstruction and scene understanding
-virtual and augmented reality
-New interaction paradigms, e.g. for AR, VR, augmented humans

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 
requirements. 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 

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:

via-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.

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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