Lund University was founded in 1666 and is repeatedly ranked among the world’s top 100 universities. The University has 40 000 students and more than 8 000 staff based in Lund, Helsingborg and Malmö. We are united in our efforts to understand, explain and improve our world and the human condition.
LTH forms the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University, with approximately 9 000 students. The research carried out at LTH is of a high international standard and we are continuously developing our teaching methods and adapting our courses to current needs.
This project aims to develop new algorithms that create realistic 3D graphics for Augmented and Virtual Reality or Cross Reality (XR). While modern graphics hardware is capable of generating impressive images at real-time, it is still challenging to meet the billions of pixels needed for XR within the portable, low-power requirements of modern XR. We will focus on real-time rendering using GPUs with realistic, physically-based rendering, such as ray and path tracing, to synthesize images. This project will investigate the use of upscaling to meet the high spatial and temporal requirements of the human visual system, by incorporating Deep Learning techniques.
The doctoral student position is part of the research project “Real-Time Realistic Pixel Synthesis using Deep Learning for Augmented and Virtual Reality”, which also includes a parallel PhD project on developing novel methods to synthesize high-detail models and textures from photogrammetry or low-resolution data.
It is funded by ELLIIT, a strategic research environment funded by the Swedish government. ELLIIT constitutes a platform for research and for cross-fertilization between disciplines and between academic researchers and industry experts. ELLIIT stands out by the quality and visibility of its publications, and its ability to attract and retain top talented researchers, and aims at being recognized as a top international research organization. Research will be conducted with the Lund University Graphics Group where we frequently cooperate with the Nvidia Graphics Research group in Lund.
The main duties of doctoral students are to devote themselves to their research studies which includes participating in research projects and third cycle courses. The work duties will also include teaching and other departmental duties (no more than 20%).
A person meets the general admission requirements for third-cycle courses and study programmes if the applicant:
- has been awarded a second-cycle qualification, or
- has satisfied the requirements for courses comprising at least 240 credits of which at least 60 credits were awarded in the second cycle, or
- has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad.
A person meets the specific admission requirements for third cycle studies in Computer Science if the applicant has:
- at least 60 second-cycle credits at an advanced level with relevance for the research topic, or
- MSc in Engineering in Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Information and Communication Technology, Engineering Physics or Engineering Mathematics.
- Solid background in Computer Graphics, advanced rendering techniques, and Mathematics
- C/C++ and GPU programming (OpenGL/DirectX) experience
- Very good oral and written proficiency in English.
- The ability to work both independently and in small teams
Selection for third-cycle studies is based on the student’s potential to profit from such studies. The assessment of potential is made primarily on the basis of academic results from the first and second cycle. Special attention is paid to the following:
Other assessment criteria:
- Knowledge and/or experience working with Deep Learning
- Recent application developments, especially graphics related.
- Familiarity with graphics research
- Experience with AR/VR
Consideration will also be given to good collaborative skills, drive and independence, and how the applicant, through his or her experience and skills, is deemed to have the abilities necessary for successfully completing the third cycle programme.
Terms of employment
Only those admitted to third cycle studies may be appointed to a doctoral studentship. Third cycle studies at LTH consist of full-time studies for 4 years. A doctoral studentship is a fixed-term employment of a maximum of 5 years (including 20% departmental duties). Doctoral studentships are regulated in the Higher Education Ordinance (1993:100), chapter 5, 1-7 §§.
Instructions on how to apply
Applications shall be written in English and include a cover letter stating the reasons why you are interested in the position and in what way the research project corresponds to your interests and educational background. The application must also contain a CV, degree certificate or equivalent, and other documents you wish to be considered (grade transcripts, contact information for your references, letters of recommendation, etc.).
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