Description: The Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath seeks a Professor of Visual Computing. The successful candidate will be an internationally leading academic who will contribute to leading and enhancing the Department. The Department is structured in four groups: Visual Computing, Human-Computer Interaction, Intelligent Systems and Mathematical Foundations.
Currently including seven academic staff and associated researchers, the Visual Computing group has broad interests bound together by the contemporary movement of vision and graphics convergence. Research includes body and face tracking, motion capture, acquisition of natural phenomena and buildings, 3D geometry, 2D shape, and object recognition. The group regularly publishes in leading conferences and journals. It currently holds over £12M in research funding, including the new EPSRC Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA). In addition, the group hosts the £20M Centre for Digital Entertainment (CDE), in which research students are co-supervised by world-leading industrial researchers. Partners include The Imaginarium, The Foundry, the BBC, Double Negative, and many others. The group enjoys collaborations with academics including Cardiff, Loughborough, UCL, Tsinghua, Zhejiang and KAUST. The group also contributes to the international community through its work on steering committees, editing journals and other activities.
This opportunity arises following the retirement of Professor Phil Willis, Director of the CDE. The successful candidate may assume the Directorship of the CDE, subject to negotiation with the University and EPSRC. The successful candidate will also be expected to conduct excellent research, with the ability and desire to collaborate effectively and productively with colleagues across the University and beyond.
The successful applicant will have the opportunity to engage with our existing research activities. The post holder will also be expected to take the lead in developing his or her own research funding portfolio from appropriate national and international sources, and to carry out and supervise research in line with the Department’s strategy and targets.
The post holder will be expected to contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and should be able to demonstrate a continuing commitment to maintaining the University’s high standards in teaching and learning, with the ability to educate and inspire some of the brightest students in the country.
The post holder will also be expected to contribute to the leadership and management of the Department and group.
The Department and University are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment. We are working to improve the gender balance within the Department and particularly welcome applications from women.