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The IDIAP Research Institute (, a laboratory associated with EPFL (Swiss Federal  Institute  of Technology, Lausanne) seeks qualified candidates for 1 postdoctoral research position in computer vision and machine learning for multi-modal interaction modeling.

The research will be conducted in the context of the HUMAVIPS ( project, a 3-year project funded by the European Community. The overall goal of the project is to endow a humanoid robot (NAO) with audio-visual sensing and interaction capabilities allowing him to navigate in a complex  environment, localize a group of people, join it and interact with it.

The research done at Idiap focus on the design of multimodal perceptual algorithms to recognize human non-verbal behaviors (when people speak, whom they look at), investigate new approaches to model and identify people interactions and relationships (e.g. who speaks to whom, who is the most important person of the group) and exploit the recognized conversational patterns and relationship in a robot-to-group of people multimodal interface design.

The postdoctoral  researcher will address one of the above theme. She/he should have  a  strong background  in  statistics, applied mathematics, and computer vision. Experience in one  or several of the following areas is required:

- computer vision and tracking

- event recognition and discovery

- human-robot or human-computer multimodal interface design

The applicant  should be familiar with C/C++ programming and the Linux environment.

The position offers the opportunity to collaborate with the best research teams in Europe, and involvement in PhD supervision.


Starting date: as soon as possible.

The initial appointment will be until the end of the project (31/01/2013).

The salary ranges from CHF 70 000  to 75 000/year according to training and previous experience.


For further details and application please contact:

Jean-Marc Odobez ( This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , tel : +41 (0)27 721 77 26)

About IDIAP:

Idiap is an independent, non-profit research institute recognized and supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). It is located in the town of Martigny in Valais, a scenic region in the south of Switzerland, surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, and offering exciting recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing, as well as varied cultural activities. It is within close proximity to Geneva and Lausanne.

Although Idiap is located in the French part of Switzerland, English is the working language. Free French lessons are provided.

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a young, dynamic, and multicultural environment. Idiap is an equal opportunity employer and is actively involved in the "Advancement of Women in Science" European initiative. The Institute seeks to maintain a principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and equally encourage both genders to apply.