Ph.D. Position(s) in EECS at the University of California at Merced

Highly-motivated PhD students are sought to start in fall 2017 under Professor Shawn Newsam in the areas of computer vision, image analysis, spatial analysis, and multimedia.

I anticipate recruiting one or more students to work on images and videos captured from unmanned aerial vehicles, more commonly known as drones.

Drones are democratizing overhead image and video capture. Within an hour, someone can purchase a drone from a local electronics store for a few hundred dollars and capture high resolution imagery of the Earth which can be made available to the world through the Internet.

Rather than focus on specific applications, I am seeking to develop a suite of fundamental analysis techniques for drone images and videos.

Funding for students is expected to be in the form of research and/or teaching assistantships.

Desired qualifications:
- A BS or preferably an MS in CS, EE, or related areas.
- Strong mathematical background.
- Strong programming ability.
- Experience/interest in one or more of the following:
-- Image processing and computer vision
-- Pattern recognition and machine learning
-- Geographic information systems/sciences
- Desire to publish in top conferences and journals.

For further information:
- Professor Newsam's research:
- EECS graduate group at UC Merced:
To be considered for the above positions, you must apply to the EECS graduate program at UC Merced. For more information about the application procedure, please see:

- Application procedure:
The application deadline is January 15, 2017.

The selection process is expected to be very competitive.

PLEASE BE SURE TO MENTION PROFESSOR SHAWN NEWSAM and your interest in the project(s) above in your Statement of Purpose.

The Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) graduate group at UC Merced consists of 12 faculty members and over 50 mostly PhD-level graduate students. The group has collective interests in machine learning, computer vision, speech processing, computer graphics, robotics, sensor networks, distributed systems, databases, intelligent systems, and computational neuroscience, among others areas. UC Merced is the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university built in the 21st century. It is located in the California Central Valley, approximately one hour drive from the Yosemite National Park and two hours from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Shawn Newsam
Associate Professor and Founding Faculty
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
School of Engineering
University of California, Merced