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Director for Vision and Graphics Lab Apply Institute for
Creative Technologies Playa Vista, California
The University of Southern California (USC) Institute for
Creative Technologies (ICT) is seeking a Director for its Vision
and Graphics Lab (VGL) to lead vision and graphics research at the
ICT. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success securing
research funding, and will be widely recognized for their
achievements in computer graphics and/or computer vision, with a
national or international reputation. The candidate will be
knowledgeable about computer graphics, computer vision, animation,
immersive displays, HDR imagery, photogrammetry, virtual humans,
man-machine interfaces, content workflow, user assessment design,
and systems evaluation design. The candidate will be familiar with
best practices for system design.
The successful candidate will actively seek funding for projects
related to computer graphics and vision, and in particular projects
focused on computer-supported approaches to training and education.
They will also be responsible for writing/submitting proposals and
peer-reviewed publications. The candidate will be expected to
present and demonstrate project research at various venues,
including academic and industry conferences, and Government
The candidate will be responsible for directing medium to large
teams, often consisting of both internal and external research and
production personnel. The Director for the VGL will lead teams
through the coordination, planning, execution, and deployment of
project development phases. Most of these projects will be
Government-funded and require direct and tight coordination with an
assortment of Government sponsors and organizations.
The USC Institute for Creative Technologies was founded in 1999
to bring researchers at the cutting edge in computer graphics,
mixed reality, artificial intelligence and the learning sciences
together with talented personnel from the entertainment industry
with the goal of creating the next generation of systems for
training and education. The Institute is the ideal place to pursue
research in computer graphics and vision, with unparalleled access
to new technologies, extraordinary challenging research questions,
and a vibrant culture of interdisciplinary collaboration. The ICT
Vision and Graphics Lab has a track record of over 20 years of
breakthrough research and technology. The ICT LightStage has been
used to create relightable “digital doubles” for actors in over 25
major Hollywood films, including Avatar, Superman Returns,
Spiderman 2, Maleficent and The Hobbit, and has earned its
developers two Technical Academy Awards. The lab pioneered
techniques for light-field projection that allow viewers to see 3D
images without wearing special glasses or other devices. More
recently the lab has developed techniques using machine learning
that can create a detailed 3D model of a face from a single 2D
photograph. We are world leaders in virtual human research,
computer training simulations, and immersive experiences for
decision-making, cultural awareness, leadership and health. Here,
teams of world-class researchers work side-by-side with developers,
practitioners, and students to address the research and development
needs of a diverse set of funding organizations.
The University of Southern California, founded in 1880, is the
largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. The Institute
for Creative Technologies (ICT) is an off-campus research facility
located in the westside Los Angeles neighborhood of Playa Vista, in
close proximity to the ocean and the Silicon Beach tech sector.
Doctor of Philosophy (or equivalent experience) in Computer
Science, Interactive Media or related discipline
Demonstrated ability to propose and obtain funding for
5-10 years of project leadership/management experience
5-10 years of experience with computer vision and/or computer
Demonstrated ability to produce computer vision and graphics
systems that advance the state-of-the-art
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated problem-solving and analysis skills, in relevant
Demonstrated team leadership skills
Demonstrated balance between technical and leadership skills and
Experience with large-scale industry or Government and
DoD-related research projects
Experience leading and/or developing systems using game-based
Why work at ICT:
Work on exciting and engaging projects that have real-life
Small project team environment allows for involvement across
entire project lifecycle.
A quality work-life balance.
Meet interesting people from all walks of life – technologists,
social scientists, military, writers.
Opportunities for free, top-tier university education for you
and your children.
Located in the heart of Silicon Beach.
Great benefits - medical to matched retirement
Minimum Education: Doctorate, Combined experience/education as
substitute for minimum educationMinimum Experience: 7 yearsMinimum
Field of Expertise: Advanced degree in computer science or related
field such as solid state physics or microelectronics engineering.
Supervisory skills. Demonstrated record of outstanding research
contributions and experience in an area of computer science,
technical proficiency, exceptional creativity, successful
collaboration with others, and independent thought. Demonstrated
reputation as an emerging leader in field with sustained
performance and accomplishment. Demonstrated ability to
conceptualize research directions, exert technical leadership,
communicate technical ideas, coordinate individual contributions to
a research program, and present research plans and results in a
manner that will elicit favorable funding actions.
REQ20090448 Posted Date: 07/13/2020 Apply
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