[visionlist] PhD position in Computational Modeling of Visual Communication in Language

Coloma Ballester coloma.ballester at upf.edu
Mon May 29 00:58:49 -04 2023

Dear all,

I would like to announce a PhD position in Computational Modeling of Visual
Communication in Language.

This PhD project will be part of the larger VSLT project which aims to
achieve a breakthrough in the computational analysis and simulation of
visual communication, with a special focus on sign languages (SLs), in
which communication is entirely visual, as well as multimodal
communication, in which speech typically plays a primary role but visual
cues often have an important supporting role. The highly interdisciplinary
project involves researchers in computer vision and machine learning, in
linguistics specialised in multimodal communication and sign language, and
in computer graphics.

The PhD project will focus on non-manual communicative signals such as
facial expressions, eye gaze direction, head movements, and body poses. It
will create datasets rich in non-manual communicative signals both for
Catalan Sign Language (LSC) and for spoken Catalan, developing machine
learning based annotation, creating predictive models of the use of
non-manual communicative signals and extending the generative capacity of
conversational signing avatars by these means. The research may also
include comparison with models of visual communicative signals in Sign
Language of the Netherlands (NGT) and in spoken Dutch, in collaboration
with researchers at the University of Amsterdam.

More info about how to apply here:
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