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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/Nº10 - 11/05/2020 - PROVEN
Funding Reference Number:
BI/Nº10 - 11/05/2020 - PROVEN
Research position for a Research Grant (“Bolsa de Investigação“) is opened at Instituto de Telecomunicações, in the scope of the Project PROVEN funded by FCT/MCTES through national funds and when applicable co-funded EU funds under the project UIDB/EEA/50008/2020. The work for this position: Head orientation prediction for omnidirectional video streaming.
Scientific Area:
Networks and Multimedia
Multimedia Signal Processing – Lx
Admission Requirements:
A minimum 3 year degree in electrical and computer engineering. Self-motivation for scientific research; ability for teamwork. Good knowledge of English language. Portuguese oral and writing skills will be considered as an added value. Knowledge of the principles involved in omnidirectional video communication. Good programming skills (C, C++ or Matlab). Applicants should be enrolled in a course within a higher education school/university in Portugal. Also, applicants must declared if they have or not been a grantee
Work Objectives:
Development of a method for head motion trajectory prediction, to be used in the context of omnidirectional video streaming; this will allow to optimize both client prefetching and edge server caching strategies, to ensure that the viewport watched by users have the best quality. To achieve this objective, recent past historical trajectory data and content analysis (e.g., visual attention models) should be exploited to predict the viewport evolution of a given user over time. Moreover, deep reinforcement learning solutions will be also investigated, as an efficient way to predict longer-term (i.e., >1 s) head motion trajectories.
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, I.P.
Place of work:
The work will be developed at the premises of Instituto de Telecomunicações at Lisbon, under the supervision of Prof. Maria Paula Queluz and Prof. João Ascenso.
3 months. Start date: 16-06-2020 (or soon thereafter).
Monthly salary:
412.00€ (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 (35%)
    1- Curriculum vitae/Academic evaluation
  • C2 (35%)
    2- Suitability of the candidates’ profile for the project based, on the relevant work experience (35%).
  • C3 (30%)
    3- Statement of research interests

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 35% + C2 x 35% + C3 x 30%
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. Maria Paula dos Santos Queluz Rodrigues, Instituto Superior Técnico (President of the jury)
  • Prof. Joao Miguel Duarte Ascenso, Instituto Superior Técnico
  • Prof. António José Castelo Branco Rodrigues, Instituto Superior Técnico
Communication of the results:
Results will be published at the Instituto de Telecomunicações, at Lisbon. 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;
Proof of registration and enrollment in a study cycle in the preferred areas
MPORTANT NOTICE: If the selected candidate has a degree obtained outside Portugal, his degree must be certified in Portugal
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Application Period:
25-05-2020 to 05-06-2020
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