Short-Term Post-doctoral Researcher

Funding Information

We have a short term Post-doctoral Researcher position available. The fund is from Dr. Hubert P. H. Shum and Dr. Nauman Aslam under the gLink project. It supports a Chinese researcher to work in Northumbira University for up to 10 months, with a salary of 1800 Euro (tax free) + airplane tickets + insurance. During the visiting period, the candidate can take up to 1 month of paid leaves. Extra travel allowance and conference budget are available subjected to performance.

We would like the project to start in early 2016 on the research topic of recognizing and understanding human behaviours in smart homes. However, the actual start date and research theme are flexible. We can make arrangement to fit the candidate's based on his/her background and requirements.


Applicants should fulfil all of the following requirements:

Project Overview

Smart home is a popular research area nowadays due to its potential to enhance the quality of life. Applications such as human behaviour analysis and ergonomics monitoring can be automated, thereby improving well-being of individuals with minimal running cost.

The central problem of smart environments is to understand what the user is doing in order to provide the appropriate support. The focus of this research project is to propose new algorithms to accurately recognize and understand human behaviour based on a multi-modal sensors such as color and depth video, body postures, etc. Machine learning and artificial intelligent algorithms will be adapted in order to identify the semantic meaning of the user activity from the input features.

This project will be co-supervised by Dr. Hubert P. H. Shum and Dr. Nauman Aslam from Northumbria University. Successful applicant may utilize the Motion Capture and Virtual Reality Laboratory managed by Dr. Shum, which consists of more than £86,000 worth of equipment, including 3 sets of motion capture system (Xsens, OptiTrack), 3D scanners, depth cameras, 4K camcorders, as well as various virtual reality equipment such as head-mounted displays and data gloves.

Applicants should have and some background knowledge on at least one of the following area:

Furthermore, experience on computer programming and application development will be considered.

Application Procedure

To apply, please send a full resume to Dr. Hubert P. H. Shum via email (hubert.shum[at] by 13th December 2015. In the resume, please detail the academic qualification, work experience (if any), English language qualification (if any), full publication list, as well as the contacts of two academic referees. Please also include scans of your qualification such as graduation certificates.

We will perform the first round of selection on 13th December 2015, and contact the qualified candidates to submit a full application form within 1 week.

For any query, please contact Dr. Hubert P. H. Shum with email (hubert.shum[at]



Last update: 19/02/2020