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PhD position in the field of AI enhanced computer vision for visually impaired and blind people 80 %

You enjoy staying ahead of technology, want to create social impact, and continually strive to improve your skills.

School: School of Engineering
Starting date: 1st of July 2021, or by mutual agreement

Your role

You are going to assist our research on autonomous navigation for visually impaired and blind people in the joint PhD Network in Data Science of ZHAW and University of Zürich. Your areas of responsibility will include: 

  • Research on vision algorithms capable of localizing a user in complex environments in order to provide navigation from point A to point B
  • Research on 3D scene understanding in static and complex dynamic environments, interacting with elements in the scene, e.g., by grasping objects or getting on escalator stairs
  • Research on incremental state estimation in real time in order to prevent injuries due to collisions with static and dynamic objects
  • Research on novel interfacing metaphors in order to communicate with the user. Nearly blind people could perceive objects by highlighting them on a high contrast head mounted display while blind users require fine grained translation to interact with the environment, such as opening a door or mind the step

Your profile

  • You hold a master's degree in Computer Science, specifically in the areas of computer vision, AI/Deep Learning and autonomous navigation
  • You enjoy staying ahead of technology and continually strive to improve your skills
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English as well as some German and are interested in scientific work. This includes proposing novel ideas, scientific analyses and evaluations, writing reports, and presenting your results

This is what we stand for

Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW is one of Switzerland's largest multidisciplinary universities of applied sciences, with over 13,000 students and 3,000 faculty and staff.

As one of the leading Engineering Faculties in Switzerland, the ZHAW School of Engineering emphasises topics which will be relevant in the future. Our 13 institutes and centres guarantee superiorquality education, research and development with focus on the areas of energy, mobility, information and health.

For the Institute of Applied Information Technology (InIT) of the ZHAW School of Engineering in Winterthur, we are looking for a highly motivated candidate that will join the Institute for Mechatronic Systems (IMS).

Our institutes are distinguished by their committed teams, a pleasant working atmosphere, and an exciting and innovative specialization area. Your workplace is located in the centre of the city of Winterthur, and as part of a team of about 15 colleagues, will offer you a diverse and lively work environment.

Das dürfen Sie erwarten

Wir bieten hochschulgerechte Arbeits- und Anstellungsbedingungen und fördern aktiv die Personalentwicklung unserer Mitarbeitenden und Führungspersonen. Eine detaillierte Beschreibung der Vorteile finden Sie auf der Seite «Arbeiten an der ZHAW». Hier die wichtigsten Eckpunkte:


Prof. Dr. Alireza Darvishy
Stv. Leitung Leiter ICT-Accessibility Lab a. i.

+41 (0) 58 934 69 12

Ramona Suter
Recruiting Manager


ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Winterthur Region of Zurich 8401