Saturday, November 1, 2008

PhD Studentship in Computational Models of Visual Processing, University of Edinburgh, UK

The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for a three-year PhD studentship on the project “Synchronous Linguistic and Visual Processing” funded by the European Research Council. The aim of this project is to investigate the cognitive processes that unfold when humans view a visual scene and listen to a speech stimulus at the same time. The project encompasses
both experimental research using eye-tracking and computational work using machine learning and probabilistic modeling.

The successful candidate will have a have a good honors degree or equivalent in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, computer science, or a related discipline. He/she will have strong programming skills and previous experience in image processing, computer vision, or computational models of perception and attention. Experience with machine learning and probabilistic modeling techniques is essential.

The successful candidate will work as part of a team of experts in linguistic and visual processing; he/she will design and implement models of visual processing based on the results of eye-movements experiments on synchronous processing.

The studentship will provide maintenance only funding at an enhanced research council rate. Both UK/EU and overseas candidates are encouraged to apply.

For further information please contact Dr. Frank Keller (keller[ at ] Application forms and details on how to apply are available from:

More information about the project can be found at:

On your application, please indicate “ERC Studentship: Synchronous Processing”.

Application deadline: November 15, 2008.

Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this cannot be guaranteed.