[visionlist] PhD position Bioengineering and Robotics: Early vision function in silico networks of LIF neurons | PSPC Labs Genoa, ITALY

Silvio P. Sabatini silvio.sabatini at unige.it
Sat Jul 1 02:10:56 -04 2023

Applications are invited for one full-time PhD studentship for a period of
3 years, at
the Department of Informatics, Bioengineering, Robotics, and System
Engineering (DIBRIS), University of Genoa, Italy.

The position will start on Nov 1st, 2023 on the following research project:

*Early vision function in silico networks of LIF neurons*

One approach to understanding implications of the initial stages of visual
processing is ideal observer analysis, which evaluates the information
available to support psychophysical discriminations at various stages of
the early visual representation.
Computational approaches primarily rely on simple generative models, which
do not take into account the distinctive properties of individual
elementary channels, as well as the active nature of the input sensory
pattern. Accordingly, many details remain underrated, as well as their
implications on functional vision.
The project's goal is to develop an “artificial observer” composed of an
active event-based camera feeding a neuromorphic multi-layer network of
leaky integrate and fire (LIF) neurons. The system should provide the
inference engines for relating visual representations to performance on
perceptual judgement tasks. Multiple and varying parameters captured under
complex, real-life conditions should be comparatively assessed in silicon
and human observers.

The research will be conducted at the Bioengineering/PSPC labs of DIBRIS.

Applicants are expected to: (1) have a Master’s degree in Bioengineering,
Computer Science, Physics or related disciplines, (2) have a keen interest
in Vision Science and in Artificial Intelligence, (3) have good programming
skills in at least one language (MATLAB, C/C++, Python, C#), (4) work well
in group problem solving situations, (5) have intermediate communication
skills (oral and written in English). Experience in neural modeling is a

Prospective students, please contact Silvio P. Sabatini (
silvio.sabatini at unige.it) providing your CV and qualifications, the name
and contact details of two references, and a description of your research

*Online application is possible till *July 10th , 2023 (12:00 a.m. CET)**

Full details on the call and the application procedure are available at:


Silvio P. SABATINI, PhD                         [PSPC Research Group]
DIBRIS - University of Genova     |  e_mail: silvio.sabatini at unige.it
Via Opera Pia, 13                      |  phone: +39 010 33 52092
I-16145 Genova (ITALY)              |  fax:   +39 010 33 56533
URL: http://pspc.unige.it

"Imagination is more important than knowledge..."   [Albert Einstein]
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