UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Research Associate or Senior Research Associate in Egocentric/Wearable Computer Vision

Location
Bristol , City of Bristol (GB)
Posted
24 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Research Associate or Senior Research Associate in Egocentric/Wearable Computer Vision

Job number  ACAD102968
Division/School  Merchant Venturers' School of Engineering
Contract type  Open ended contract staff
Working pattern  Full time
Salary   £32,548 to £41,212
Closing date for applications  03-Dec-2017

This position is within the multidisciplinary EPSRC-funded GLANCE project.

The work involves the development of novel Computer Vision and Augmented Reality guidance for egocentric understanding and modelling of users and tasks.
 
This will be achieved by developing algorithms for determining what is relevant from a task, the assessment of operator expertise and the creation of unsupervised methods to capture and deliver video guidance to novice users.
 
The GLANCE project is an ongoing EPSRC £1.1M 4-year project, that started in Q1 2016. It is a collaboration between Computer Science (Prof. Walterio Mayol-Cuevas and Dr. Dima Damen) and Experimental Psychology (Prof. Iain Gilchrist and Dr. Casimir Ludwig) at the University of Bristol. The project's team currently has 4 Principal Investigators, one Research Associate and two PhD students.
 
You will be in charge of proposing and implementing algorithms for novel egocentric perception as well as delivery of video guidance information. The work will be in consultation with the principal investigators, implementing and evaluating these on computer vision libraries and hardware devices, as well as liaise with project partners. You will also be occasionally required to be at our partners' sites for integration and demonstration of the work.
 
Overall the aim is to develop and validate novel ways in which people can interact with the world via cognitive visual wearables -intelligent on-body computing systems that use visual perception to understand user, context, and importantly, are prompt-less and useful. Specifically, there will be a focus on the automatic production and display of glanceable guidance. In contrast to traditional and intricate 3D Augmented Reality approaches that have been difficult to show significant usefulness, glanceable guidance aims to synthesize the nuances of complex tasks in easily visually digestible snippets of information that are easier to learn and use.
 
You will be expected to work in close collaboration with another post holder that works on how to automatically detect user's moments of uncertainty during which support should be provided without the user's explicit prompt.
 
GLANCE is underpinned by a rich program of experimental work and rigorous validation across a variety of interaction tasks and user groups in partnership with high-impact industry and societal partners in health care towards assisted living. And in industrial settings focusing on assembly and maintenance tasks. We also have international partners with whom further validation is to be developed cross-borders.
 
The project is geared towards high-quality impact publications as well as technology transfer opportunities.
 
The post is offered on a full time, open-ended contract with funding for up to for 27 months.
 
For informal enquiries, please contact:
 
Professor Walterio Mayol-Cuevas email: Walterio.Mayol-Cuevas@bristol.ac.uk
or
Dr Dima Damen email: Dima.Damen@bristol.ac.uk
 
The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.