Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Research Assistantship in UM

Research Assistantship in University of Malaya

Applications are invited for one or two research assistantship(s) to work in University of Malaya (UM) on one funded project entitled "Nature-inspired Algorithms for Plant Classification". This work is a joint collaboration between UM, Kingston University, UK and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London.

One of the well-known characteristics of tropical rainforests is the large number of species that inhabit them. Botanists use plant organs, such as leaves, fruits and seeds to classify plants. We propose a programme of work to design algorithms that can classify plants using leaves and fruits with distributed intelligence algorithms. In particular, we are interested in using swarm intelligence algorithms. The successful candidate will require to re-locate in UK and work with the project collaborators for at least 3-6 months. 

Informal/Further enquiries should be made to the Principal Investigator of the research programme:
Dr Chan Chee Seng (cs.chan@um.edu.my), Tel. +603 7967 6433

Key Requirements

  • First Class or high 2:1 degree (or equivalent) or Master by research in Engineering/Computer Science/Mathematics or related subject and be able to demonstrate a strong mathematical background.
  • Knowledge in image processing, computational intelligence and pattern recognition, especially swarm intelligence would be a particular advantage.
  • High levels of ability in programming in MATLAB/C/C++/Python. Bonus if experienced with OpenCV and AForge.
  • Self-motivated, good at time management and planning, and have a proven ability to meet deadlines. Good communication and presentation skills are also important.
The post is on the university scale (MYR 18,000 - 30,000 per annum); and is open to MALAYSIAN only. Placement for the post is according to experience and qualifications. The RA may register for Master degree by research program (MSc by Research) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with UM. 

To apply formally, please send to Dr. Chan Chee Seng (cs.chan@um.edu.my) the following documents:

1.    Latest CV including your experience in computer vision area, publication lists (if any)

2.    Latest examination transcript, and

3.    Two names and email addresses of academic referees

The post is available from now (March, 2012) until filled.

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