15/05/2019
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF-2019 - NeuroComputation and Biological Vision - Computer Vision Center

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  • OFFER DEADLINE
    14/06/2019 17:00 - Europe/Brussels
  • EU RESEARCH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
  • LOCATION
    Spain, Cerdanyola del Vallès
  • ORGANISATION/COMPANY
    Computer Vision Centre
  • DEPARTMENT
    Research Projects Office

The NeuroComputation and Biological Vision Team (http://www.cvc.uab.es/neurobit) from the Computer Vision Center at the Autonomous University of Barcelona performs fundamental, experimental and computational modelling research on the mechanisms of human visual perception, being at the frontier between Computational Neuroscience and Computer Vision. It addresses problems by combining both computational modelling tools and psychophysical experimentation.

The group consists of 2 PhDs and 2 PhD students and a varying number of master and visiting students. Recent research includes work on colour perception (categorisation, chromatic induction and colour constancy), visual saliency, visual aesthetics and migraines among others. Our current interest also includes the definition of biologically-plausible, mid-level architectures (both firing-rate and spiking networks) which simulate the network dynamic characteristics of the human visual cortex and the use of computational learning techniques to map the output of our models to complex phenomena. Our final objective is to apply our knowledge to solve important Computer Vision problems and provide some answers to medical and biological questions. The main active computational modelling research lines are application of spiking models and STDP to machine learning, and development of recurrent multilayer computational architectures of primary visual cortex neuronal mechanisms and its application to colour perception and visual migraines.

Currently, we are specially interested in the application of computational neuroscience to the study of migraine neuronal mechanisms, in collaboration with the Vall d'Hebron Hospital Research Institute, by performing computational simulations, psychophysical experimentation, EEG and other experimental data acquisition.

We are offering a hosting opportunity for MSCA-IF-2019  candidates. In addition to the previous topics, we are interested in a wide range of additional research topics on visual perception (binocular vision, aesthetics, symmetry, natural vision, eye movements, motion, object detection, object classification, etc). We encourage candidates with a background in Computational Neuroscience, computational modelling, machine learning, Biology, Physics or psychophysical experimentation who are interested to switch to spiking networks computational modelling of visual cortex, to apply.

The NeuroBiT group offers an open, relaxed, transparent and friendly environment to perform science on Visual Neurosciences. The prospective postdoc would be expected to co-supervise PhD students on related projects to his/her proposal. The NeuroBiT group works with several national and international research labs, including University of St Andrews, University of Cambridge, Vall d'Hebron Hospital Research Institute (medical research centre) and Universitat de Valencia.

Candidates should have a PhD in a related subject (mathematics, physics, biology, computer science, psychology), and preferably have published high-impact journals and at the top vision science, neuroscience, computational neuroscience, computer vision and/or machine learning journals (Current Biology, PNAS, J of Neuroscience, PLoS CompBio, PLoS ONE, PAMI, Vis Res, JoV) and conferences (CVPR, ICCV, ECCV, NIPS).

Applications: candidates should send their Curriculum Vitae, a Letter of Interest (describing their envisioned research) and optionally 1-2 recommendation letters to Dr. Xavier Llopis (xllopis@cvc.uab.cat). The deadline for receiving candidatures is June 14th.

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