The Computer Vision Laboratory (CVL) at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for research assistant positions all year long (generally appointments start in Fall/Spring semester). Preference will be given to students who want to pursue a PhD degree in Computer Vision. Active research areas within CVL include object recognition, visual motion analysis, face detection/recognition, biometrics, tracking and pose estimation of human body/head/hand/eye-gaze, surveillance and activity recognition. CVL is currently funded by NSF, NASA, ONR, Ford Motor Company, and Motorola. We are also collaborating with several government and industrial laboratories.

Requirements: You must have a first degree in either an Engineering subject, in Mathematics, in Physics, or in Computer Science. Good Mathematical background, programming skills in C or C++, and familiarity with Unix/Linux/Windows are necessary. Prior familiarity with Image Processing, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, and Machine Learning is desirable.

Interested students should send their CV by regular mail, e-mail, or fax to Dr. George Bebis ( or Dr. Mircea Nicolescu (

Dr. George Bebis     fax: (775) 784-1877
Department of Computer Science     phone: (775) 784-6463
University of Nevada     email:
Reno, NV 89557

Dr. Mircea Nicolescu     fax: (775) 784-1877
Department of Computer Science     phone: (775) 784-4356
University of Nevada     email: mircea@cs.unr .edu
Reno, NV 89557

Some information about UNR

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) is a land grant institution, established in 1874 (see next page for information about the Reno metropolitan area). It has 11 schools and colleges and offers 70 majors for an undergraduate degree; 70 master's degree programs; and 34 doctoral programs including a four-year medical school. The University of UNR's 16,000 students come from all 17 Nevada counties, from all 50 states and from more than 80 countries. The university conducts more than $70 million in research grants and contracts each year. UNR is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is one of the four departments within the College of Engineering. It has 11 full-time faculty and 8 adjunct faculty and offers degrees in Computer Science (BS, MS, PhD) and Computer Engineering (BS, MS, and PhD). CS has about 400 undergraduates, 80 MS, and 20 PhD students.

Some information about the Reno metropolitan area

UNR is an integral part of the Reno metropolitan area, home to approximately 350,000 people. The 255-acre main campus, located minutes from downtown Reno, features both contemporary and historic architecture, and the university's tree-lined Quadrangle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The academic atmosphere is filled with rich surroundings for the cultural and intellectual development of the students. Reno is bounded on the west by the majestic Sierra Nevada mountain range and on the east by the rolling basin and range province, Reno benefits from a comfortable climate. There are four distinct seasons in this cool, dry climate where the sun shines nearly 290 days a year. The area is noted for its variety of recreational opportunities, which include sailing, camping, hiking, fishing, and sightseeing. Within an hour's drive of the campus, for example, are Lake Tahoe in the High Sierra, and Pyramid Lake, a unique prehistoric desert sea. Also within an hour's drive are a number of nationally known ski areas, including Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Other scenic attractions include Virginia City, setting of one of the West's richest mining bonanzas; Genoa, the state's first pioneer settlement; and Carson City, the Nevada state capital. Reno is within 2 hours' drive from Sacramento and 3.5 hours' drive from San Francisco.


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