Within the scope of a research collaboration, the Vertigo research group of the CEDRIC Lab (CNAM Paris, France), the semi-­‐public company Nicéphore Cité and the Nicéphore Niépce Museum of Chalon-­‐sur-Saône (France), propose a PhD position in the area of content-based image indexing and retrieval.

Vertigo1 is a research group of the CEDRIC Lab2 (Center for Research in Computer Science and Telecommunications, attached to the French Institution CNAM3 – « Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers » in Paris). Research in this group is in particular specialized in content-­based indexing and retrieval in large collections of visual contents. It collaborates with several French and international universities, such as Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris-Dauphine University, Telecom ParisTech, São Paulo and UNICAMP Universities (Brazil), New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA) and the National Institute of Informatics (Japan).

Nicéphore Cité4 is a center of development and support on the domains of image and sound in the French region Bourgogne.

The Nicéphore Niépce Museum5, museum of photography located at Chalon-sur-­Saône, has built in 35 years one of the most original photographic collections in Europe.

Project Description

Content-­Based Image Retrieval (CBIR) is a discipline of Computer Science which aims at automatically structuring image collections according to some visual criteria. The offered functionalities cover the efficient access to images in a large database of images, or the identification of their content through object detection and recognition tools. They impact a large range of fields which manipulate this kind of data, such as audiovisual, culture, security, health, scientific research, etc.

PhD Thesis organization
  • Beginning : last trimester 2011
  • Salary : 1650 Euros/month (net income) during 3 years. The position is a salaried employment with the right to social benefits and paid vacations.
  • Location: thesis localized at Paris and at Chalon-sur-Saone (accommodation conditions facilitated on the two sites).

The PhD candidate must have (or expect to obtain) a MSc or equivalent in Computer Science. Good skills and practice in CBIR, image analysis or computer vision are required, as well as excellent skills in C/C++ or Java programming. Basic knowledge in database (access methods, index) will strengthen the candidates application.


Please send by email to the two supervisors:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter that describes your motivation for the project
  • Names and contact details of at least two references
  • List of exams and grades obtained
Supervision and contacts

- Valerie Gouet-Brunet, Assistant Professor CNAM - valerie.gouet@cnam.fr
- Gabriel Bloch, Deputy director of Nicephore Cite - gabriel.bloch@nicephorecite.com

Contact at Nicephore Niepce Museum
Sylvain Besson, Head of the inventory documentation department at Nicephore Niepce Museum - Sylvain.BESSON@chalonsursaone.fr

Further information can be found on the CNAM Notice.

Please note, application deadline to the PhD Position in Content-Based Image Retreival, CNAM Paris, France is 15 October, 2011.

Please mention scholarships4phd.blogspot.com on your application while applying for this scholarship.

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