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Title: Research Grant - BIL/Nº57 - 27/08/2019 - Designing Generative Adversarial Frameworks for Interpretable Biometric Recognition
Funding Reference Number: BIL/Nº57 - 27/08/2019 - Designing Generative Adversarial Frameworks for Interpretable Biometric Recognition
Summary: A research position for one Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação Licenciado“) is opened at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Interns Project Reference UID/EEA/50008/2019, funded by the applicable financial framework (FCT/MCTES). The work for this position is in the area of biometric recognition systems
Scientific Area: Networks and Multimedia
Group: Pattern and Image Analysis – Cv
Admission Requirements: Bachelor of Science/Engineering degree in Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering or related fields. Experience in scientific research in computer vision and pattern recognition domains, preferably with previous knowledge about biometric recognition systems. Also, solid skills in Python are also valuable
Work Objectives: This work aims at designing/developing one solution for interpretable biometric recognition, which will make easier the application of biometrics to forensics, by allowing to explain the reasons that sustain a match/non-match response. This way, the work lays at the intersection of two important scientific research topics: 1) biometric recognition; and 2) human-machine interaction. In particular, the work considers to use Generative Adversarial Frameworks (GANs) as the main framework for producing interpretable responses. As biometric source, we consider the periocular region, in order to obtain understandable text descriptions of: 1) the eyebrows (shape); 2) the eyelids (shape); 3) the iris (color) and 4) the skin (color and texture). It is expected that the grantee develops one solution for interpretable biometric recognition. Also, the solution should be experimentally validated with respect to the state-of-the-art, and a technical report/paper should be written, summarizing the main conclusions.
Applicable legislation: A fellowship will be celebrated according to the regulations defined by FCT, “Regulation of Instituto de Telecomunicações’ fellowships” and ” Estatuto do Bolseiro de Investigação”, according to Law no. 40/2004, dated August 18 (Status of Scientific Research Fellow), as amended and republished by Decree-Law No.202/2012 of August 27, and as amended by Decree-Law No.233/2012 of October 29 and by Law No.12/2013 of January 29, and Decree-Law No. 89/2013 of July 9, and also by Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. Fellowship Regulation of Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P., approved by Regulation no. 234/2012, published in Series II of Diário da República of June 25 of 2012, amended and republished by Regulation no. 326/2013, published in Series II of Diário da República of July 27 of 2013 and amended by Regulation no. 339/2015, published in Series II of Diário da República of June 17 of 2015, and amended by Regulation nº137-A/2018, published in Series II of Diário da República of February 27 of 2018.
Place of work: The work will be developed at the premises of Instituto de Telecomunicações at the laboratory PIA-Cv, located at the room 6.12 of the Departmento of Informatics, of the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal, under the supervision of Professor Hugo Proença
Duration: 3 months, with the possibility of renewal. Start date: 01-10-2019 (or soon thereafter).
Monthly salary: 752,38 (B.Sc/B.Eng) net, according to the table of grant amounts awarded directly by FCT for positions held in Portugal ( The payment will be made by bank transfer.
Selection criteria:
Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation  (40%)
Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the relevant work experience in the tasks described in the work plan  (50%)
Fluency in oral and written English  (10%)
Candidates may be interviewed for clarification of any aspect related to the above criteria
The Jury has the right to not admit any of the candidates that applied for this position.
Hugo Pedro Martins Carriço Proença
Luís Filipe Barbosa de Almeida Alexandre
Paulo André Pais Fazendeiro
Communication of the results: Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the delegation of the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã. The selected candidate will be notified by email. Apply online clicking on the “Apply Now” button in this form. E-mail submissions are not accepted.
Required Documents: Cover letter explaining the interest in the position, detailed Curriculum Vitae with transcripts, Copy of the relevant certificates (Copy of the Degree Certificate). IMPORTANT NOTICE: If the selected candidate has a degree obtained outside Portugal, his degree must be certified in Portugal For more information see: Direcção-Geral do Ensino Superior (DGES):
Application Period: 10-09-2019 to 23-09-2019
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Published on: 27-08-2019