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Postdoctoral Fellowships at Smith-Kettlewell: applications of computer vision and sensor technologies to rehabilitation and accessibility for people with visual impairments

jamesmcoughlan – Posted on November 30, 2017 at 2:23 pm –

  • Job Type: Post-Doc
  • Employer: Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute
  • Location: 2318 Fillmore St., San Francisco CA 94115
  • Link: http://www.ski.org
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2018 Call for Fellowships at Smith-Kettlewell:
applications of computer vision and sensor technologies to rehabilitation and
accessibility for people with visual impairments

Our laboratory (https://www.ski.org/lab/coughlan-lab) seeks a postdoctoral fellow to be funded either by an NEI institutional training grant to Smith-Kettlewell or by a Smith-Kettlewell fellowship. The focus of our research is on applications of computer vision and sensor technologies to rehabilitation and accessibility for people with visual impairments, including topics such as:

•       Indoor and outdoor localization for navigation, including visual-inertial odometry and SLAM
•       Sign detection and recognition, including OCR from challenging images (motion blur, poor contrast, etc.)
•       AR (augmented reality) applications, either delivering output in audio or video form
•       Applications of wearable cameras and AR/VR goggles
•       User interfaces to help blind users aim a smartphone camera towards a target of interest and capture a usable image
•       Integration of computer vision with crowdsourcing technologies
•       Making tactile graphics and 3D graphics such as relief maps accessible, using techniques such as finger detection and gesture recognition

Smith-Kettlewell is located in San Francisco and is a uniquely attractive place to receive postdoctoral training in vision research and related fields. Our program offers the flexibility to design an individualized training plan tailored to achieve each fellow’s specific career goals. We train fellows to become independent scientists, with strong support and encouragement for fellows to propose and pursue their own research in close collaboration and mentorship with one or more of our experienced principal investigators. Many of our fellows who have successfully established their own funded research programs have even been invited to become principal investigators at Smith-Kettlewell with fruitful and fulfilling careers.

The fellowships require a Ph.D. or M.D. and are normally awarded for two years, with our most successful fellows often being invited to continue as sponsored investigators. Applications from individuals with disabilities or other underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged. The NEI Training Grant requires that fellows be US citizens or permanent residents. The Smith-Kettlewell fellowship is open to US Citizens and foreign nationals.

Applications will be accepted until Jan 15, 2018. Details of the program and application procedures can be found at http://www.ski.org/what-does-fellowship-smith-kettlewell-offer. To apply, please contact Dr. James Coughlan at coughlan@ski.org  .


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