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Postdoctoral position available at Technicolor Research & Innovation, France

A post-doctoral position (18 months) is available within the Video Processing and Perception Lab at Technicolor Research & Innovation (Rennes, France).


Technicolor (http://www.technicolor.com) provides technology, systems and services to its Media & Entertainment clients involved in the different components of the video chain (content creation, production, distribution and access). The Technicolor Research centers have developed strong expertise in image and video processing and continuously invest in this field. A main goal of our research is to anticipate incoming technological evolutions, outperforming current limits. With this goal in mind, Technicolor is investigating in the Human Perception and Video Processing areas. The ambition is to understand how users perceive video (2D and 3D), derive innovative computational models from this understanding and propose new applications/services. Target applications include cinema, television, games, web, video communication...


Technicolor Research & innovation in Rennes, France, offers a Post-Doc position in the area of Human Perception and Video Processing. The position is located in the Video Processing & Perception Lab and in the project entitled “Human perception”. The core technology consists in simulating the human visual attention, by detecting the regions of interest (RoI) in images/videos. A biologically plausible architecture based on signal processing tools has been implemented and is currently restricted to bottom-up aspects of perception. The long-term ambition is to extend the existing model towards top-down or more cognitive concepts of attention with some tools, such as object modeling, specific detectors (face, text…) or even scene categorization...  


The context of this Post-doc is a multi-modal visual attention model. More specifically, the main objective of this research work is the use of audio saliency and/or audio cues in order to extend and improve the existing Technicolor visual attention model [1,2].


Goals/tasks of this research work include (other tasks to be discussed):

- A complete state-of-the-art in the field.

- A concrete implementation of a solution within the existing model (C programming): development of the detection of audio cues as well as their fusion with other independent visual cues. 

- The definition/set-up of a complete test environment in order to conduct experiments of visual attention with human participants. It is foreseen that experiments will use an eye-tracking apparatus in scenarios where visual stimuli are presented together with audio stimuli.


The successful candidate must have a PhD (or soon), and specific knowledge in Computer Science, Audio Processing and/or Image Processing. Ideally, additional knowledge in Human Perception and a background in subjective experiments setup/protocol would be valuable. Since software development is expected in this research work, good programming skills (C/C++ on Windows/Linux) are required.


Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, recent list of publications, a statement of research interests and examples of research work achievements.

Resumes may be submitted electronically in either Word (.doc), Rich Text (.rtf) or Portable Document Format (PDF), and should be sent to Philippe.guillotel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 


[1] O. Le Meur, P. Le Callet, D. Barba, and D. Thoreau, “A coherent computational approach to model the bottom-up visual attention,” IEEE Trans. on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence, vol. 28, no. 5, pp. 802–817, 2006.

[2] Le Meur, O., Le Callet, P., Barba, D. Predicting visual fixations on video based on low-level visual features, Vision Research, vol. 47, no. 19, pp. 2483–2498, 2007.





Senior Scientist, Video Processing & Perception Group

Technicolor Research & Innovation


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