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Research Position:

Note: This is a free translation of the original announcement written in Portuguese, provided only for convenience of non-Portuguese speakers. Only the Portuguese version has official value.
Research Grant– BI/Nº 003/2021- VIEXPAND: Vídeo Industrial para Visão Expandida em Operações à Distância”
Funding Reference Number:
Project n. 46986 supported by CENTRO 2020 of PT2020, SI I&DT Aviso 17/SI/2019, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Research positions for two Bolsas de Investigação (BI) are opened at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the - VIEXPAND: Vídeo Industrial para Visão Expandida em Operações à Distância” project, led by Twevo, Lda. in partnership with Instituto de Telecomunicações. Project n. 46986 supported by CENTRO 2020 of PT2020, SI I&DT Aviso 17/SI/2019, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)
Scientific Area:
Information and Data Sciences
Multimedia Signal Processing – Lr
Admission Requirements:
Students enrolled in a master's degree, integrated master's degree, or graduates enrolled in non-academic degree courses integrated within a higher education institution, in the area of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Preference will be given to candidates having a solid background in: Image and Video Processing; C/C++/OpenCV/python programming; machine learning, evidence of self-motivation for scientific research and ability for teamwork.
Work Objectives:
This project aims to investigate algorithms and methods for processing and coding of visual information in industrial environments, integrated in remote surveillance and monitoring systems using specific hardware and wireless communications. The research tasks deal with industrial video content, acquired by a system with multiple cameras, possibly synchronized at frame level. One of the tasks in the project is to investigate computational methods for automatic identification of regions of interest in specific industrial case-studies and extraction of relevant features as part of a big data process within the context of industry 4.0. The other research task of the project is the development of efficient coding mechanisms to encode the captured video along with regions-of-interest and extracted features, integrated in a standard encoder to compress and then transmit the video stream in a robust manner. The whole system will be capturing, processing and transmitting in real-time. The research work involves image and video processing algorithms, machine learning approaches for identification and feature extraction of regions of interest and optimization techniques for real-time image and video compression in hardware-based systems.
Applicable legislation:
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), in its actual redaction, and also by Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia, I.P. Fellowship Regulation of Fundação para Ciência e Tecnologia. For direct access to the FCT RBI go to the following link (Reg. 950/2019, published in the DR of 16 December).
Place of work:
The work will be developed at the premises of Instituto de Telecomunicações at Leiria, under the supervision of Professor Pedro António Amado de Assunção
12 months with the possibility of renewal. Start date: 1st of April 2021 (or soon thereafter).
Monthly salary:
805,98 € (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:
  • C1 (45%)
    Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (30%)
    Suitability of the candidates’ profile to the project based on the relevant experience in image and video processing within the scope of the tasks described in the work plan
  • C3 (5%)
    Fluency in oral and written English
  • C4 (20%)

Candidates may be interviewed for clarification of any aspect related to the above criteria
Each criteria, and the final classification F will be evaluated in a scale (0-20). The candidates will be ordered according to:
F = C1 x 45% + C2 x 30% + C3 x 5% + C4 x 20%
In case of a tie, the tied candidates will be ordered according to C1, then C2...
The Jury has the right to not admit any of the candidates that applied for this position whenever they consider that no candidate meets the minimum requirements for the position.
  • Prof. Pedro Antonio Amado Assunção, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Lino Miguel Moreira Ferreira, Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
  • Prof. João Filipe Monteiro Carreira, Instituto de Telecomunicações Coimbra
Communication of the results:
Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, in Leiria. The selected candidate will be notified by email.
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
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Application Period:
23-02-2021 to 09-03-2021
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