Monday, December 26, 2011

Image retrieval, Research Assistant (19 months)

This post offers the opportunity to work on an UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and a Technology Strategy Board funded project PhotoBrief. The project will create a platform to create briefs which specify the need for images as well as the ability to find a suitable
image and negotiate for it. It will provide users  with an environment for interactive brief creation and dynamic negotation of images. The project considers the image information seeking and retrieval behaviour of different user groups including professionals. Partners from industry
include an SEO (search engine optimisation) company, a mobile information company, and a media advertising company.

The project is based within the Centre for Interactive Systems Research which has 20 years experience of R&D in search algorithms and technologies, including a well-known search algorithm.

Applicants should be qualified in Information Retrieval (or related area). More specifically, knowledge of meta-data creation, text/image retrieval/ content-based techniques will be needed. The qualification sought is PhD or equivalent experience in field.

In this post you will develop novel brief creation and negotiation techniques that use meta-data about images, which has been captured to enable that image to be more findable. You will implement and integrate these in an image retrieval system. The project will make use of  current
state-of-art meta-data techniques, collections, relevant open-source initiatives, and evaluation methods. You will be involved in integrating these, creating user interfaces, and developing new system functionality where necessary.

Strong programming skills are essential, and experience of any of the following areas is an advantage: Information Retrieval (IR); User-centred IR system design, implementation, and evaluation; Context learning, Adaptive IR, Recommender systems, Social media; Computer Supported Cooperative Working (CSCW); User Interface design and evaluation. Experience in collaborating with partners from industry is desirable.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr. Ayse Goker:
Further details of the position available at:

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Closing date: 23 January, 2011
Interview date: 1 February, 2011
Start date: March 2011

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