[robotics-worldwide] [jobs] 2 post-doc positions in Computer Vision

Laura Hiatt laura.hiatt at nrl.navy.mil
Tue Mar 17 06:27:45 PDT 2015

The Intelligent Systems Section at the US Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC is looking for two post-docs in the area of computer vision / robot perception. The post-docs will primarily be working with Dr. Laura Hiatt, Dr. Ed Lawson, and Dr. Greg Trafton.

One candidate will focus on using cognitive priming effects to improve object recognition. One prominent example of this is what can occur in situations where poor resolution, occlusion, or focus makes it difficult to distinguish between similar objects. In cases such as this, contextual cues from dynamic priming effects can provide valuable information needed to improve rank-1 object recognition accuracy. The candidate's work will include combining information from object recognition approaches and computational cognitive models (including intelligently reasoning about how to balance priming's expectations with object recognition's results), as well as potentially developing new vision algorithms, or investigating cognitive priming effects, to enhance overall object recognition.

The second candidate will study the use of multiple soft biometric modalities to identify people.  In some situations, it can be difficult to identify a person because of pose, poor resolution, occlusion, etc. However, a lot of information about the person may still be available.  Cues can include things such as gender, age, clothing, complexion, hair style, build, etc. By combining these cues with other contextual information, it may be possible to identify a person across a wide variety of scenarios.  The candidate's work will involve developing novel soft biometric modalities, as well as developing novel approaches to determine when and how to combine these soft biometrics in an optimal way.

In addition, the post-docs will be free to spend up to half their time performing more flexible research of their choice.

US citizens, and most green card holders, are eligible for these positions.

Interested applications should send a CV to Dr. Laura Hiatt and Dr. Ed Lawson (laura.hiatt at nrl.navy.mil, ed.lawson at nrl.navy.mil).  Candidates will be hired through the NRC Research Associateship Program; the application deadline is May 1.

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