V-SENSE research seminar presented by new V-SENSE Research Fellow, Dr. Emin Zerman!

Please join us to welcome our new V-SENSE Research Fellow, Dr. Emin Zerman!

Speaker:
Dr. Emin Zerman, V-SENSE Research Fellow

Venue:
Large Conference Room, O’Reilly Institute (ORI LCR)

Date & Time:
4pm, Thursday, 22nd February 2018

Title:

Assessment and Analysis of High Dynamic Range Video Quality

Abstract:

In the last decade, high dynamic range (HDR) image and video technology gained a lot of attention, especially within the multimedia community. Recent technological advancements made the acquisition, compression, and reproduction of HDR content easier, and that led to the commercialization of HDR displays and popularization of HDR content. In this context, measuring the quality of HDR content plays a fundamental role in improving the content distribution chain as well as individual parts of it, such as compression and display. However, HDR visual quality assessment presents new challenges with respect to the standard dynamic range (SDR) case. Some of these challenges are the new conditions introduced by the reproduction of HDR content, e.g. the increase in brightness and contrast, estimation of objective HDR content quality, and obtaining subjective HDR content quality.

In this talk, I will mention some of the solutions we suggest to solve these problems. In order to understand the effects of the increased brightness and contrast, we analyze the effects of display rendering using a built-in rendering scheme of SIM2 HDR display and another display rendering which we developed. This developed rendering algorithm reproduces and estimates the emitted luminance of the HDR images accurately, therefore it also allows us to analyze the effect of having accurate luminance estimations on objective HDR quality assessment. In order to evaluate the performances of existing full-reference (FR) objective HDR image quality metrics, we gather five different HDR image quality databases with their MOS values and fuse these databases by aligning their MOS values. We then analyze the HDR image quality metrics using statistical evaluation methods. Additionally, we propose a new method for the evaluation of metric discriminability based on a novel classification approach. Motivated by the need to fuse several different quality databases, we propose to use pairwise comparisons (PC) methodology with scaling since it is much more intuitive and subjects can decide easier as well as faster. In order to increase the scaling performance and reduce cross-content variance as well as confidence intervals, we propose to include cross-content comparisons in the PC experiments.

Bio:

Emin Zerman received his B.Sc. degree (2011) and M.Sc. degree (2013) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, and his Ph.D. degree (2018) in Signals and Images from Télécom ParisTech, France. During his masters studies, he also worked as a research and teaching assistant. Although his Ph.D. studies are focused mainly on HDR video quality assessment, his research interests include human visual perception, computer vision, video compression and transmission, and video processing in a more general sense.

Welcome to the team, Emin!

We are hiring Research Fellows (Postdocs, Senior or Junior) in Creative Technologies /Visual Computing


Post Summary

Join our team of 20+ researchers (half postdocs half PhDs) in Visual Computing at the intersection of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Media Technology. We are building a dynamic environment where enthusiastic young scientists with different backgrounds get together to shape the future in fundamental as well as applied research projects. Possible directions include but are not limited to:

  • Augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR),
  • Free viewpoint video (FVV),
  • VR/360/omni-directional video,
  • Light-field technologies,
  • High dynamic range (HDR) and wide colour gamut (WCG) imaging,
  • Visual effects and animation,
  • Deep learning for visual computing,
  • All fundamental areas of visual computing (vision, graphics, media technology).

Individual research plans will be designed between PI, successful candidates and team, considering individual background, expertise, skills and interests, matching the overall strategy, and exploiting opportunities and inspirations.

A senior position requires a minimum 4 years of postdoctoral experience. This may be particularly interesting for candidates pursuing an academic career and preparing for a first faculty position.

The research project “V-SENSE – Extending Visual Sensation through Image-Based Visual Computing” is funded by SFI over five years with a substantial budget to cover over 20 researchers. This is part of a strategic investment in Creative Technologies by SFI and Trinity College, which is defined as one of the strategic research themes of the College. V-SENSE intends to become an incubator in this context, to stimulate further integration and growth and to impact Creative Industries in Ireland as a whole.

Standard duties and Responsibilities of the Post

  • Fundamental and/or applied research in Visual Computing at the intersection of Computer Vision, Computer Graphics and Media Signal Processing
  • Scientific publications
  • Contribution to prototype and demonstrator development
  • Overall contribution to V-SENSE and teamwork
  • Supervision of PhD and other students
  • Outreach & dissemination
  • For senior postdocs: leadership in the team

Person Specification

Qualifications

  • A Ph.D. in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field in the area of ICT.
  • For senior postdocs: at least 4 years of postdoctoral experience.

Knowledge & Experience

  • An established track record of publication in leading journals and/or conferences, in one or more sub-areas of Visual Computing.
  • Excellent knowledge of and integration in the related scientific communities.
  • The ability to work well in a group, and the ability to mentor junior researchers, such as Ph.D. students.
  • Affinity for creative dimensions of visual computing

Skills & Competencies

  • Good written and oral proficiency in English (essential).
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills both written and verbal.
  • Proven aptitude for programming, system analysis and design.
  • Proven ability to prioritise workload and work to exacting deadlines.
  • Proven track record of publication in high-quality venues.
  • Flexible and adaptable in responding to stakeholder needs.
  • Strong team player who is able to take responsibility to contribute to the overall success of the team.
  • Enthusiastic and structured approach to research and development.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities. – Desire to learn about new products, technologies and keep abreast of new product and technical and research developments.

Further Information for Candidates

URL Link to School https://www.scss.tcd.ie/
URL Link to Research Group https://v-sense.scss.tcd.ie/
URL Link to Human Resources https://www.tcd.ie/hr/

 

Funding Information: The position is funded through the Science Foundation Ireland V-SENSE project.

Closing Date: 12 Noon on Tuesday 20th March, 2018
The successful candidate will be expected to take up post as soon as possible.

Application Procedure:
Please apply via email to gail.weadick AT scss.tcd.ie and please include:

  • Targeted cover letter (600-1000 words) expressing your suitability for a position
  • Complete CV

Please include the reference code: VS-RF2018 on on all correspondence.

 

Post Status: Specific Purpose contract approximately up to
3 years – Full-time
Research Group /Department/School: V-SENSE Project, School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin
Location: Stack B, IFSC, Custom House Quay,Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin

College Green, Dublin 2, Ireland

Reports to: Professor Aljosa Smolic, Principal Investigator,
V-SENSE
Salary: Appointment will be made on the SFI Team member Budget Post-doctorate Research Fellow scale at a point in line with Government Pay Policy
Closing Date and Time: 12 Noon on Tuesday 20th March, 2018

NEM Summit 2017 interview with our award winning team!

The NEM Summit 2017 offered an excellent platform celebrating creative collaboration.


This past year, many of our V-SENSE innovative and creative projects bloomed further and received global recognition. At the NEM Summit 2017 in Madrid, we were jointly awarded the NEM Art & Design Competition Award for Virtual Play: after Samuel Beckett, a virtual theater play, with Soundcool’s project on music and sound creation from the Polytechnic University of Valencia.

You may read more about the NEM Summit here:

Provost’s Annual Review celebrates the work of V-SENSE SFI Research Professor of Creative Technologies, Professor Smolic

Professor Aljosa Smolic, the inaugural SFI Research Professor of Creative Technologies in Trinity’s School of Computer Science and Statistics, is talking about his cutting-edge research and how he and his team are contributing to the next big thing in technology. He explains Augmented Reality (AR) for the lay person: “It’s the integration of virtual and real-world elements. AR enhances your perception of reality through adding computer-generated or extracted sensory input like sound, video, or graphics. Pokémon Go was the first big experience of AR for lots of people and its success is an indicator of how popular this will be. It’s not all entertainment – AR has applications for industrial design, for architecture, navigation, health – you’ll be able to visualise your medical data on your phone.”

Full article here!

CVMP 2017 Best Paper Award to V-SENSE researcher Mairéad Grogan!

 

We are very proud to announce and offer our congratulations to our colleagues Dr. Mairéad Grogan and Professor Smolic for winning the Best Paper Award at CVMP 2017! CVMP 2017 took place from the 11th – 12th December 2017, hosted by the British Film Institute (BFI), London.

For over a decade CVMP has built a reputation as the prime venue for researchers to meet with practitioners in the Creative Industries: film, broadcast, games. The conference brings together expertise in video processing, computer vision, computer graphics, animation and physical simulation. It provides a forum for presentation of the latest research and application advances, combined with keynote and invited talks on state-of-the-art industry practice.

Photo – Mairéad is awarded Best Paper Award at CVMP 2017

Keynotes were presented by Hao Li from the University of Southern California, Will Smith from the University of York, Taku Komura from the University of Edinburgh, and Jamie Shotton from Microsoft Research.

V-SENSE is awarded NEM Summit Art and Design Competition Award for Virtual Play: after Samuel Beckett!

 

We are delighted to announce that V-SENSE was successfully awarded the NEM Art and Design Competition Award for our work on the Virtual Play: after Samuel Beckett. Congratulations to our great team for their excellent work and this great achievement!


Rafael Pagés accepting the award on behalf the
V-SENSE Team!


Rafael Pagés presents Virtual Play: after Samuel Beckett
to the NEM Summit 2017 audience.

This project was made possible by the hard work of our team in collaboration with Neill O’ Dwyer, V-SENSE Creative Collaborator, with Nicholas Johnson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Drama, The School of Creative Arts, and with Enda Bates, Assistant Professor in the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Trinity College Dublin. Congratulations to all involved!

Our team:

Konstantinos Amplianitis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the V-SENSE group. Previously, he was a software engineer at Siemens Mobility and Transportation Group in Berlin, Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2016 from the Humboldt University of Berlin in the field of Computer Vision and Machine Learning, focusing on 3D Object Recognition. Currently, he is conducting research on segmentation/matting of humans in video sequences using Deep Learning and 3D content creation for VR/AR applications.

Jan Ondrej is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a member of V-SENSE group. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Disney Research Los Angeles and Trinity College Dublin. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2011 from INRIA Rennes in France. His current research topics include Free Viewpoint Video and Virtual and Augmented Reality. Other research interests are in Crowd Simulation and Navigation, Human Behaviour Simulation and Character Animation.

Rafael Pagés is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. He obtained the Ingeniero de Telecomunicación degree (integrated B.Sc. and M.Sc. Accredited by ABET) and the Doctor Ingeniero de Telecomunicación degree (Ph.D. in Communications) from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain, in 2010 and 2016, respectively. Since 2016, he has been member of V-SENSE group at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include 3D reconstruction, free-viewpoint video, VR/AR, computer vision, and image processing.

Congratulations also to Soundcool, to Tim Murray Browne, and Virtual White Cube for their entries!

Dr. Amplianitis presents at 3DCamp!

 


 

 

On the 23rd November 2017, Dr. Amplianitis presented at 3DCamp. In this talk the Konstantinos Amplianitis presented his team’s research work on dynamic content creation for VR/AR applications developed within the V-SENSE project at Trinity College Dublin. Their technology is able to generate a volumetric hologram of a performance from a set of video sequences recorded by a multi camera setup. The content can then be imported and visualised in different VR/AR devices.

The system is quite scalable, works with different camera configurations, outdoor or indoors scenarios and can even generate content from videos captured with handheld consumer quality devices.

Konstantinos Amplianitis is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a member of the V-SENSE group. Previously, he was a software engineer at Siemens Mobility and Transportation Group in Berlin, Germany. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in 2016 from the Humboldt University of Berlin in the field of Computer Vision and Machine Learning, focusing on 3D Object Recognition. Currently, he is conducting research on segmentation/matting of humans in video sequences using Deep Learning and 3D content creation for VR/AR applications.

Jan Ond?ej is Senior Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin and a member of V-SENSE group. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Disney Research Los Angeles and Trinity College Dublin. He obtained his Ph.D. in 2011 from INRIA Rennes in France. His current research topics include Free Viewpoint Video and Virtual and Augmented Reality. Other research interests are in Crowd Simulation and Navigation, Human Behaviour Simulation and Character Animation.

Rafael Pagés is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. He obtained the
Ingeniero de Telecomunicación degree (integrated B.Sc. and M.Sc. Accredited by ABET) and the Doctor Ingeniero de Telecomunicación degree (Ph.D. in Communications) from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM), Spain, in 2010 and 2016, respectively. Since 2016, he has been member of V-SENSE group at Trinity College Dublin. His research interests include 3D reconstruction, free-viewpoint video, VR/AR, computer vision, and image processing.

For more information on the event programme, please inspect here.

Professor Smolic is invited to talk at the NEM Summit 2017 in Madrid!


Professor Smolic presents his talk on Content Creation for
VR, AR and Free Viewpoint Video at NEM Summit 2017!

 

On Wednesday, 29th November, 2018, Professor Smolic was an invited speaker at the  NEM Summit 2017 in Madrid. The Summit took place at the beautiful Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid. Professor Smolic was joined by Andreas Ehret, Vice President of Broadcast Technology, Dolby, Harini Hariharan, Saarland Informatics Campus, Saarland University and many more inspiring speakers. Further information on the NEM Summit can be viewed here.

V-SENSE was successfully selected as a finalist for the NEM Art and Design Competition for our work on the Virtual Play: after Samuel Beckett. Congratulations to the team for their excellent work and getting to the finals! It is an opportunity for Innovative Technologists and Artists from Europe to submit their own creations, utilizing new technologies such as Immersive (Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality), Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Digital Manufacturing (e.g. 3D Printing), Internet of Things and Blockchain / Smart Contracts to illustrate how life and creative businesses can benefit from emerging technologies, inspiring new applications for tomorrow, and developing new opportunities for imaginative creativity.


Virtual Play: after Samuel Beckett

The NEM Initiative (New European Media Initiative) was established as one of the European Technology Platform under the Seventh Framework Programme, aiming at fostering the convergence between consumer electronics, broadcasting and telecoms in order to develop the emerging business sector of networked and electronic media. In order to respond to new need and requirements of the Horizon 2020 programme, the NEM initiative enlarged its focus towards creative industries and changed its name from Networked an Electronic Media Initiative to New European Media, dealing with Connected, Converging and Interactive Media & Creative Industries, driving the future of digital experience.

The NEM constituency includes all major European organisations working in the networked and electronic media area, including content providers, creative industries, broadcasters, network equipment manufacturers, network operators and service providers, academia, standardisation bodies and government institutions. Those actors share a common Vision and have been producing a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) as well as position papers, in order to accelerate the innovative development of the new sector in a harmonised and fruitful way and to place European industry at the forefront of the information era.

NEM focuses on an innovative mix of various media and creative content forms, delivered seamlessly over technologically transparent networks, to improve the quality, enjoyment and value of life. NEM represents the convergence of existing and new technologies, including broadband, mobile and new media, including creativity, across all sectors, to create a new and exciting era of advanced personalised services.

V-SENSE participates at the Huawei Ireland Research Summit 2017!

On Tuesday, 21st November, Professor Smolic presented on Closing the content gap for VR/AR at the Huawei Ireland Research Summit 2017.

Other inspiring speakers included Simon Robinson (Co Founder & Chief Scientist – The Foundry), Dr. Andrea Cavallaro (Queen Mary University of London), Dr. Tao Xiang (Queen Mary University of London), Dr. Josephine Sullivan (KTH Royal Institute Of Technology).

Huawei is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Driven by a commitment to sound operations, ongoing innovation, and open collaboration, we have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices, and cloud technology and services. Our ICT solutions, products, and services are used in more than 170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world’s population. With 180,000 employees, Huawei is committed to enabling the future information society, and building a Better Connected World.

Professor Smolic presents at the The Science Foundation Ireland Science Summit 2017!

The Science Foundation Ireland Science Summit 2017 took place on Monday 13th November.

Professor Smolic presents on research excellence at the SFI Science Summit 2017 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture Jason Clarke

This year the summit focused on the theme #BelieveInScience. The Summit provided a unique opportunity for stakeholders to gain awareness of the collective output and excellent scientific research funded by Science Foundation Ireland.

SFI Showcasing Research Excellence –  Professor Smolic addressed the summit and  participated in a panel discussion with UNESCO-L’Oreal International Woman in Science Awardees, Prof Lydia Lynch (TCD) and Dr Annie Curtis (RCSI) and Michael Zaworotko (UL), chaired by Dr Darrin Morrissey (SFI).

SFI Science Summit 2017 in Croke Park, Dublin. Picture Jason Clarke

This year the Science Foundation Ireland hosted keynote speakers, Marcus du Sautoy, the Charles Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science at Oxford University and Adrian Raftery, Professor of Statistics and Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle, and a winner of the 2017 Science Foundation Ireland St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal.