Text Box: Fellowship Programme



The Artificial Intelligence & Information Analysis Laboratory at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece (www.aiia.csd.auth.gr) and the Institute of Information Theory and Automation  at the  Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague (www.utia.cas.cz)  offer a 17 month post-doc fellowship starting from October 1st 2006 within the framework of the European Union Network of Excellence MUSCLE "Multimedia Understanding through Semantics, Computation, and Learning'' (www.muscle-noe.org). The research topic to be investigated is:


Feature subset selection and multi-sensor fusion techniques for affect recognition and image texture analysis


The fellowship program aims at studying subset feature selection techniques. In particular, themes of interest are:

The work to be conducted by the fellow will contribute to workpackages 5 (Content-based description), 6 (Cross-modal integration), and 8 (Machine learning for multimedia content).  In particular the research theme fits the objectives of Grand Challenge #2 (Detecting and interpreting humans and human behaviour in videos) with application to registration of emotion or affect. Contributions are also foreseen to the Intermediate Challenge 2 (Cross-integration and -interaction of multimodal data and data-streams) and in particular to treating the problem of emotion recognition from the point of view of multimodal sensor networks.


Young scientists from all over the world are invited to apply for this position. The prospective MUSCLE fellow will spend 8.5 months working at Thessaloniki, Greece and another 8.5 months continuing his or her research at Prague, the Czech Republic. Proven research experience in multimedia signal processing (image/speech) and pattern recognition/machine learning, very good knowledge of English, programming skills and strong interest in academic research are highly desired. Should you want to apply for the fellowship position, please submit your CV by email and ask 2 references to submit a recommendation letter for you by email to


Prof. Constantine Kotropoulos

Department of Informatics

Aristotle Univ. of Thessaloniki

Box 451, Thessaloniki 54124


Tel : +30-2310-998225

Fax: +30-2310-998453

E-mail: costas@aiia.csd.auth.gr


Please quote in the email subject MUSCLE Fellowship AIIA-UTIA. The deadline for submitting an application is September 18, 2006. 

Each application will be reviewed by Professor Ioannis Pitas, Professor Michal Haindl, and Assistant Professor Constantine Kotropoulos. The candidate will be selected on the basis of his or her qualifications.  


Frequently Asked Questions related to the MUSCLE Fellowship Programme to assist the applicants are addressed next.


Frequently Asked Questions


How long is a fellowship?


Fellowships are generally of 18 month duration, spent in two distinct MUSCLE institutes.


Who can apply?

Applicants must:

·        Have a PhD degree

·        Be fluent in English

·        Be discharged or get deferment from military service

·        Be available to start the fellowship by October 1st, 2006.


We encourage not only researchers from academic institutions to apply, but also scientists working in industry.


Where Can I apply for a fellowship position?

A Fellow is not allowed to be hosted by a MUSCLE institute with which he/she has been previously affiliated, unless there is a gap of at least one year between the time of last affiliation and the start of the fellowship.


In order to encourage mobility, a candidate will not be eligible to be hosted by a MUSCLE member institution of the same nationality.


A Fellow cannot spend the entire 18 month period at institutes in the same country.


How to apply to a position?

-         Submit your CV to the contact person by email within the deadline.

-         Ask 2 references to support your application by submitting a recommendation letter for you to the contact person by email within the deadline.  


What are the general conditions?


Monthly allowance

For the entire period of 18 months, the fellow will receive a monthly allowance of 2300 euro. This amount will be transferred to the fellow's personal bank account. In addition to this amount, the network will cover the insurance costs (an estimated 170 euro).


Costs for travelling to and from the institutes

Costs for travelling to and from the host institutions will be reimbursed on the basis of an economic class airplane ticket or first class train ticket. Travel by car will be reimbursed on the basis of a first class train ticket. No moving expenses are allocated.


Participation in scientific conferences

The Fellow is encouraged to attend and to submit papers to scientific conferences during his or her fellowship. The hosting institutes will cover the fellow’s expenses in this regard. MUSCLE will contribute to these expenses with a maximum sum of 700 euro for every hosting institute, provided the fellow has an accepted paper at the conference.



The fellow is covered by a personal insurance by EGIDE (except for Switzerland), Centre International des Etudiants et Stagiaires (see http://www.egide.asso.fr/), the cost of which is paid by MUSCLE. The insurance covers medical transportation costs if needed, payment of a lump sum for invalidity or death, personal liability. Female fellows are informed that all expenses related to pregnancy are not covered by this insurance. The insurance does not cover the fellow's family. The fellow will have to conform strictly to the modalities required by EGIDE to obtain benefit of this insurance.



Accepted fellows will be invited to sign a contract with ERCIM (www.ercim.org) biding them to the hosting institutes. The contract will define in detail the frame and general organisation of the fellowship.