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Three PHD stipends on computer vision and ai applied in camera surveillance (7-19090)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology, three PhD stipends are available within the general research programme Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The stipends are open for appointment from February 1st 2020 or soon thereafter and for a period of three years. The Department of Architecture, Design, and Media Technology has as its goal the development of an innovative cluster of engineering-based environments for education and research which integrate creativity, engineering and technology within the disciplines of architecture, urban design, industrial design, digital design and interactive media. The department is a leading research and educational environment in Denmark that addresses the challenge of the interplay between creativity and technology, and develops new areas in research and education directed towards the end-user.

Job description
At the Visual Analysis of People (VAP) lab, at Aalborg University (AAU), Denmark, there are three PhD positions to work on computer vision and AI topics related to camera surveillance. The positions are expected to be focused on one of the topics mentioned below, but related topics could also be of interest. The ideal candidates have a master degree with a focus on computer vision, AI or both. Experience with cameras surveillance in general or one of the specific topics mentioned below is appreciated. When applying it is paramount that the application is accompanied by a suggested project description. That is, a speculative text where the applicants suggest, which topic(s) to work on and how. Here we expect that the applicants document a solid insight into relevant state-of-the-art literature.

Potential topics:
Designing a multimodal platform where different ways of utilizing different computer vision-based sensors, like optical, thermal, and depth sensors for security applications are studied and analyzed. Suggested subtopics include synchronization, complementing sensing and transfer learning across sensor modality.

Abnormality detection in a network of multi-modal cameras. Suggested subtopics include tracking, re-id and domain adaptation.

Prediction of behavior based on multimodal data. The focus here will be on body pose analysis combined with context domain knowledge, like the information coming from an access control system, combined with deep learning-based analysis of the body motion.

Deep learning-based super-resolution of facial images captured by optical, thermal, and depth surveillance cameras.

Two of the positions are funded under a collaboration agreement between Milestone Systems A/S and Aalborg University: Milestone Research Programme at AAU. Milestone Systems A/S, part of the Canon Group, is a world-leading provider of video management systems and is headquartered in Denmark. The last position is funded by DFF-Research Project 1: 8022-00360B.

Candidates filling up these positions will be employed by Aalborg University and sit in the VAP lab in Aalborg, where they will interact with 25+ computer vision researchers and at the same time have the opportunity to collaborate with the strong research division of Milestone Systems A/S.

The PhD students employed on this call, will have a close collaboration with the VAP members, specifically with a postdoc who will also be hired on the Milestone Research Programme at AAU grant, mentioned above.

If you have any questions regarding these positions, please feel free to reach out to Professor Kamal Nasrollahi at

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT adn Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed at regular points in time. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicants will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipends.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Sofie Pia Jensen, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email:, phone: +45 9940 3478.

For more information of The Technical Doctoral School of IT and Design:

The application is only to be submitted online by using the "Apply online" button below.

AAU wishes to reflect the diversity of society and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates regardless of personal background or belief.

Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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Mon Jan 06 00:00:00 CET 2020

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