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Open Position with the Computer Graphics and Virtual
Reality Group Bremen A32/15
PhD research position (full-time)
with the Computer Graphics and Virtual Reality Group
at the University of Bremen, Germany,
to be filled as soon as possible (under the condition of job release)
Project: Camera-based tracking of articulated objects in real-time and in large volumes
Salary is according to the German Federal pay scale (TV-L 13, gross salary approx. EUR
40,000 p.a.).
Project Description:
The tasks in this position involve the development of novel algorithms and methods to track
articulated and deformable objects (e.g., the human hand) with cameras only, such as RGBD
cameras, that is, without any markers or other intrusions.
The goal of the work should be, of course, to develop the algorithms and methods that are
capable of tracking in large working volumes, in real-time, with high precision, and under
uncontrolled lighting conditions.
This could involve, for instance, the fusion of multiple input modalities, such as HDR images
with depth images, and the fusion of multiple camera streams. It is very likely that the work
will also involve the application and adaptation of machine learning algorithms.
The successful candidate could build on previous work we have done in our group in this
area, for instance, a 3D model of the human hand that exposes its large variability, and many
other software components.
The duties associated with this position also relate to academic work in teaching.
About us:
The project offers great opportunities for collaboration with other members of the school of
computer science, such as the group for cognitive systems and the group for digital media,
both at University of Bremen. In addition, we aim at a collaboration with the Fraunhofer
Institute for Medical Visualization (Mevis).
This position provides a vibrant research environment where a broad range of activities
related to virtual reality, computer vision, computer graphics algorithms, and medical IT
systems are being pursued. The successful candidate will be working with a dynamic,
friendly, and helpful team of computer graphics researchers. Our research group is part of the
school of computer science at University of Bremen, which is a mid-sized university with
about 20,000 students, a lot of them international ones, offering a broad range of fringe
benefits such as sports facilities, cultural activities, and daycare. Recently, the University of
Bremen has attained the status of a University of Excellence, which currently only 11 German
universities hold.
Candidates should have an excellent Master's degree or equivalent in computer science, or in
a related discipline such as mathematics, etc. Ideally, you have specialized in real-time
computer vision. You should have good knowledge about applied mathematical methods,
parallel programming (CUDA), and machine learning methods. Required skills are solid
experience in C++ software development, and a good command of English
(reading/writing/speaking). Some knowledge about OpenGL is a bonus. In addition, the
successful candidate will be highly self-motivated, passionate about their work, and have
good ability to work both independently as well as in a team in a multidisciplinary
Conditions of employment:
The position is available for a period of 3 years.
In case of excellent performance of the candidate, the position might get prolonged, provided
there will be funding available.
As the University of Bremen intends to increase the proportion of female employees in
science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal personal aptitudes and
qualification, disabled persons will be given priority. Applicants with a migration background
are welcome.
How to Apply & What to do in Case of Questions:
Applications should comprise a cover letter, complete CV including any and all
achievements, degree certificates (including list of courses and grades), names and contact
details of at least two referees, and other credentials if any (e.g., recommendation letters,
publications, etc.). Please address questions about the position and send your application to:
Application deadline: 24th
April, 2015 (or until a suitable candidate is found).
G. Zachmann
University of Bremen
Bibliothekstr. 1
28359 Bremen / Germany
or by E-Mail: Prof. Dr. Gabriel Zachmann, zach at cs.uni-bremen.de

PhD-position - Kennziffer A 32/15
PhD-position - Kennziffer A 32/15



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