[visionlist] [Jobs] PhD position Bioengineering and Robotics | ETT S.p.A. & PSPC Labs Genoa, ITALY

Silvio P. Sabatini silvio.sabatini at unige.it
Tue Jul 4 05:45:50 -04 2023

Applications are invited for one full-time *industrial* PhD studentship for
a period of 3 years, jointly at the Department of Informatics,
Bioengineering, Robotics, and System Engineering (DIBRIS), University of
Genoa, Italy and at ETT S.p.A. https://ettsolutions.com/

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

*Pass-through vision systems: continuous perceptual calibration strategies
in augmented and impoverished reality*

According to the implemented see-through paradigm, augmented reality (AR)
head mounted displays (HMDs) can be classified as video pass-through (VPT)
or HMD optical see-through (OST). In standard OST-HMD, direct vision of the
real (3D) environment is augmented through the projection of artificially
generated contents on semitransparent displays in front of the user’s eyes.
Conversely, in VPT-HMD vision of the environment is mediated by one or two
external cameras, which are anchored to the headset. The acquired images
are coherently merged with additional VR contents and eventually rendered
in the head mounted displays. Several psychophysical studies have analyzed
the undesired perceptual effects of possible incoherencies in
focus/accommodation cues, as well as of re-mapping of the different fields
of view of real and virtual cameras, which might generate distorted
perception of depth, visual fatigue and discomfort due to
vergence-accommodation conflicts, and degradation in oculomotor response.
The proposed research aims to develop perceptual calibration procedures
derived from geometric models and from the characteristics of the human
visual system to predict perceptual errors during the use of HMDs in
pass-through mode and to determine perceptually correct visualization
parameters. The research topic grounds on the results of a recent
collaboration with ETT S.p.A., under the regional project REALTER (
https://realter-project.eu/) that evidenced potentiality and limitations of
the use of VPD-HMDs as medical assessment and assistive technologies.

The activity envisages: (1) the definition of a standard procedure for the
functional characterization of a 3D viewer (in video see-through mode), (2)
the development of automatic correction procedures which allow for the
elimination of optical distortions and perceptual alterations with respect
to an optical see-through theoretical model.

The research will be conducted both at ETT and 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 Augmented Reality, (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 Unity 3D is a plus.

Prospective students, please contacts:
silvio.sabatini at unige.it,  antonio.novellino at ettsolutions.com
providing your CV and qualifications, the name and contact details of two
references, and a description of your research interests.

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

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