PhD Thesis proposal in the field of Signal and Image processing

«Automatic Segmentation and Recognition of Human Actions in Monocular Sequences. Application to safety/security in public transport»

3 years Doctoral contract

Deadline for application : 2016 February 19th

Effective date of the contract : autumn 2016

More information: English French


Research Fellow in Machine Learning/Data Mining for Cyber Security or Block Codes Analysis

Research Fellow (post-doc) positions are available immediately: Applications are encouraged from researchers with a PhD degree and strong background in at least one of the following areas:

l  Machine Learning/Data Mining (e.g., classifiers, feature selection, etc.)

l  Cyber Security (e.g., insider threat)

l  Block Codes (e.g., LDPC, TPC)

Please email your CV (with a complete publication list) to Dr. Lipo (for all applicants: Thank you very much for your interest. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted).

TIC 2016 – Discrete Topology and Geometry – 3rd Call for Papers.

Third Call for Papers

CTIC 2016
6th International Workshop
on Computational Topology in Image Context

June 15-17, 2016

Marseille, France

*** Latest news ***
– The conference proceedings will be published in the Springer LNCS series.
– The online submission system is open. Abstracts and papers can now be submitted, using Springer OCS system:

Call for Papers

The general aim of CTIC workshops is to gather researchers dealing with the study of topological invariants from the computational point of view, and/or who want to use topological information in discrete geometry applications.

The workshop provides an opportunity for participants from different fields related to computational geometry, discrete geometry, geometric modeling, algebraic topology and image processing to exchange ideas.


The range of topics that are within the scope of CTIC includes (but is not limited to):

▪ Topological invariants and their computation, homology, cohomology, linking number, fundamental groups;
▪ Algorithm optimization in discrete geometry, transfer of mathematical tools, parallel computation in multi-dimensional volume context, hierarchical approaches;
▪ Experimental evaluation of algorithms and heuristics;
▪ Combinatorial or multi-resolution models;
▪ Discrete or computational topology;
▪ Geometric modeling guided by topological constraints;
▪ Computational topological dynamics;
▪ Use of topological information in discrete geometry applications.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission: January 10th, 2016
  • Paper submission: January 17th, 2016
  • Paper notification: March 18th, 2016
  • Registration: from March 18th to June 14th, 2016
  • Conference: June 15th-17th

Papers of up to 12 pages (LaTeX Springer LNCS style) must be submitted electronically through EasyChair (the link will be available from the conference website).

Abstracts and papers must be submitted online using Springer OCS system:

Invited Speakers

Massimo Ferri
Full professor of Geometry at the Engineering Faculty of the Bologna University.
Department of Mathematics, Research Center for Mathematical Applications, Advanced Research Center for Electronic Systems «E. De Castro».

Pascal Lienhardt
Full professor of Computer Science at the University of Poitiers.
Computer Graphics team, XLIM-SIC, UMR CNRS 7252.


The proceedings of the conference will be published in the Lecture Notes in
Computer Science series by Springer-Verlag.


Alexandra Bac
Jean-Luc Mari

Organizing Committee

Aldo Gonzalez Lorenzo
Eric Remy
Edouard Thiel
Ricardo Uribe Lobello


For contacts and further information check the CTIC 2016 web site:
or write to

Previous editions

2014: Timisoara, Romania

2012: Bertinoro, Italy

2010: Chipiona, Spain

2009: St. Kathrein / Offenegg, Austria

2008: Poitiers, France

PhD Studentship in Computer Vision (based in France)

PhD Studentship in the field of Signal and Image processing

«Automatic Segmentation and Recognition of Human Actions in Video Sequences:
Application to safety/security in public transport»
3 years Doctoral contract

Deadline for application: 25th February 2016
Expected start date: Autumn 2016

Project Outline:
In public transport, passengers’ feeling of insecurity can be reduced by reducing and managing incidents such as
aggression. The conventional solution adopted by public transport operators is the deployment of human agents
and  CCTV coverage in  stations and onboard vehicles. Studies carried out by the International Public Transport
Union (UITP) has concluded that the majority of agressions take place onboard vehicles leading to an increase
in the number of onboard CCTV (e.g. 10 cameras/bus in London). This increase in the number of installed onboard cameras  cannot be matched by a corresponding increase in the
number of people monitoring those cameras. That is why research and development on automatic surveillance is an
important issue.

This work will focus on the investigation, implementation and evaluation of computer vision methods capable of
monitoring and detecting human behaviour (individual actions and interactions) in situations of close (near)
camera views, specially those with rapidly varying illumination environments. The focus of study is on-board
environments  (trains, buses, metros) where there is a societal need to increase the use of public transport,
by making such systems more attractive to the public from a security and a safety point of view.

The PhD work will consist in bringing effective advancements in pedestrian detection, action and interaction
recognition in very constrained environments. Progress is still needed in the following main areas:

  • Detection of people and their silhouettes (outlines+body) from which to extract features indicative of actions,
    such as visual hulls , optical flow, poses , etc. Possible use of multiple cameras or RGB-D sensors.
  • Tracking and Recognition of elemental single-person actions (e.g. walking, running, jumping) and then composite
    behaviours such as “writing grafitti” and “aggression”
  • Recognition of complex interactions between two or more people such as “talking to each other”,
    “mobile phone stealing”. A specific user needs analysis will be carried out with the Toulouse transport operator

This work is part of the ESAD-ZELT team working program at Cerema Toulouse. It represents a close collaboration
between Cerema Institute, Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse and Carlos III University in Madrid.

There will be opportunity to interact with technical experts from Toulouse transport operator (Tisseo) to
refine the safety/security user needs analysis.

Desired skills
The applicant would have to show good competences in signal and image processing, applied mathematics in data
processing. He (she) will have also have good knowledge in C/C++ programming. He (she) must have good oral
and written knowledge of French and English languages.

Stay conditions for the PhD student
-The PhD student will be employed by Cerema institute for a 3 years contract from autumn 2016 to autumn 2019
(exact dates will be fixed my mutual agreement with the student)
-The remuneration will be around  1500 Euros per month (net salary) for the first two years and 1700 Euros for the
third year
-The project will be developed mainly in the Cerema Toulouse premises as part of the ESAD-ZELT team :
Cerema DterSO, 1 avenue du Colonel Roche, 31400 Toulouse (Complexe scientifique de Rangueil)
Close to Paul Sabatier University, the registration of the student will be made at the doctoral school MITT:
Mathematics, Informatics, telecommunications of Toulouse

Supervision team:
The PhD work will be supervised by Dr Louahdi Khoudour (Head of ESAD-ZELT laboratory), Dr Alain Crouzil,
associate professor at Paul Sabatier University and Prof Sergio Velastin from Carlos III University in Madrid.

Procedure for application
For informal enquiries, prospective candidates are invited to contact:
Dr Louahdi KHOUDOUR,
CEREMA/DTerSO/Dalett, 1 avenue du Colonel Roche 31400 Toulouse, France
    Tel +33 5 62 25 97 84, +33 6 78 18 57 71

Formal applications have to sent by email to Dr Louahdi Khoudour no later than the 25th February 2016 with
the following documents :

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Scanned copy of Passport or Identification card
  • Marks of the Master degree (at least marks for Master 1 if Master 2 marks are not still available )
  • Scanned copy of the last university degree certificate (Master 1, engineer school, Master 2 if already obtained)
  • A motivation letter from the applicant explaining the interest for the subject (1 page recto-verso maximum).
    – A recommendation letter. 

PhD fellowships in European Network ARCADES

We are pleased to announce 13 open PhD positions within the European Network ARCADES: Algebraic Representations in Computer-Aided Design for complEx Shapes (see the official ARCADES Network web).

ARCADES is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network in the framework of Horizon 2020, starting on January 1st, 2016, and lasts for 4 years. It includes 8 sites offering 13 PhD’s, 5 industrial partners, and is coordinated by ATHENA Research Innovation Center, Greece.

ARCADES offers a comprehensive training program at the crossroads of mathematics, computer-aided design (CAD) technology, and software development. It aims at disrupting the traditional paradigm in CAD by exploiting cutting-edge research in algorithm design and mathematics. Our methods lead to real-time modellers for architectural geometry and visualisation, to isogeometric and design-through-analysis software for shape optimisation, marine design and hydrodynamics, and tools for motion design, robot kinematics, path planning, and control of machining tools.

We offer

  • An exciting research environment including transnational visits to academic and industrial participants, and to Network-wide events.
  • Full time employment for 3 years, leading to a PhD.
  • A competitive (gross) salary comprising of a living allowance of 3110 €/month (country correction factor to be
    applied), mobility of 600 €/month, family allowance of 500 €/month (depending on family status).

Eligible Candidates should

  • Have a Master’s degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, or Engineering (or an equivalent diploma allowing them to pursue a PhD).
  • Not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country where the PhD takes place, for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.
  • Be, at the date of recruitment, in the first 4 years of their research career, and not have a doctoral degree.


The review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until all positions are filled. The expected starting date is by September 2016, but any starting date after January 2016 is possible. To apply, please send by email to the following address and to, the following:

  • a detailed CV,
  • a transcript of the Master studies’ grades, and the Master thesis if available,
  • a research statement indicating any preferred PhD topic(s) (see our website below),
  • the completed eligibility form (see our website below),
  • and arrange for at least one letter of recommendation, preferably by the Master’s thesis supervisor, to be sent to the above email addresses.

ARCADES organises a recruitment workshop in Vienna, on 25-27 April 2016. For more information about the positions, the application procedure and the workshop, see: this web.

Post-doc positions – Mathematics and Computer Science in Lyon (labex MILYON)

The Excellency Laboratory MILYON offers three postdoctoral positions in mathematics and
fundamental computer science for the academic years 2016-2018.

These are research-only appointments (without teaching). They are typically for two years,
with possible renewal for a third year subject to review.

Net salary: 2179 euros per month. Basic health coverage included (1500?/year allowance
for expenses).

For holders of a Ph.D in mathematics or computer science obtained before October 1st, 2016.

Deadline: Friday, January 15th, 2016, at 17:00 (CET).

For applications:

Abierto el plazo de inscripción para el curso 2015-2016

A lo largo del Curso Académico 2015-16 se impartirá una nueva edición del Curso de Especialista en Visión por Computador (CEViC) que se imparte on-line desde la Universidad de Valladolid.

El plazo de preinscripción permanecerá abierto hasta el próximo día 15 de octubre. En esta nueva edición el curso consta de una asignatura obligatoria (Procesamiento y Análisis de Imagen y Video Digital) y una optativa (a elegir entre reconstrucción 3D, movimiento o reconocimiento). La asignatura obligatoria proporciona soporte para las otras tres.

El curso tiene un carácter modular. Para facilitar la formación, incluye presentaciones para cada una de las asignaturas, en las que se expone el contenido básico de cada capítulo. Utilizando la presentación se puede responder un cuestionario sobre las nociones básicas. La evaluación positiva del cuestionario facilita el acceso al libro correspondiente a cada capítulo. La evaluación de la asignatura obligatoria se realiza mediante la resolución de pequeños problemas prácticos que deben ser implementados computacionalmente. Al finalizar la asignatura optativa, se realizará una práctica adecuada a los intereses del alumno. La evaluación positiva del trabajo realizado proporciona el título de Experto en Visión por Computador por parte de la Universidad de Valladolid.

El curso cuenta con una plantilla de profesorado integrada por doce expertos (8 personal UVa y 4 externos) que proporcionan asistencia a las personas matriculadas. Todavía permanece abierta la posibilidad de que alguna empresa o asociación pueda realizar charlas divulgativas, presentación de productos, supervisión conjunta de trabajos o desarrollos relacionados con aplicaciones en los diferentes sectores hacia los que va dirigido el CEViC. Las charlas divulgativas o la presentación de productos se realiza en el Salón de Grados de la ETS de Ingeniería Informática de la Universidad de Valladolid, quedando disponibles los vídeos de las presentaciones para su posterior consulta por parte de las personas interesadas.

Asimismo, se promueve la cooperación en todo el ámbito de habla hispana para lo que en esta edición se ha incluido un Comité de Título que proporciona soporte y asistencia para la formación en diferentes países del área latino-americana de habla hispana.

Más información en la web de la FunGe.

Si estáis interesados en los contenidos o en matricularos en esta nueva edición del CEViC no tenéis más que poneros en contacto con nosotros. También podéis dejar vuestros comentarios al final de este post.