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PhD position in object-based remote sensing

08.12.2016 - Laboratory of Forest Management and Spatial Information Techniques (FORSIT), Ghent University

A PhD position in object-based image analysis is open at the Laboratory of Forest Management and Spatial Information Techniques (FORSIT), Ghent University. The 4-year research project is funded by BOF (Bijzonder Onderzoeksfonds) and led by Prof. Frieke Van Coillie.

FORSIT is part of the Department of Forest and Water Management, and member of the Natural Capital research platform of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering at Ghent University, Belgium. The FORSIT team focuses its R&D activities on forest management and spatial information processing, the latter including remote sensing and GIS research.

Characterization of land cover dynamics is among the most important applications of Earth Observation data, providing insights that inform management, policy and science. In this project we focus on object-based change detection (OBCD). In spite of its promises, the development of OBCD monitoring techniques still faces numerous methodological challenges. As yet, the most pressing questions are: (1) how can we quantify changes between image objects, and (2) how do we evaluate the accuracy of object-based change results? This project will answer these questions by evolving innovative object-based metrics for change detection, and by developing new measures to assess the accuracy of objects and their change status. Algorithmic developments will be initiated using change detection benchmark data (e.g. video sequences) and will subsequently be applied on multi-temporal real-world image sets acquired by different sensors, and covering both natural and anthropogenic landscapes.

Your profile

  • You have a master degree in Bio-Engineering, Physics, Geosciences, Environmental Sciences, or Computer Science Engineering (or equivalent Engineering degree)
  • You have an analytical mind that likes to come up with new solutions
  • You are skilled in scientific programming (e.g. R, Matlab, Python)
  • You have in-depth knowledge of remote sensing and geospatial analysis
  • You are motivated to obtain a PhD and to publish your work in high-level journals
  • You are a team player with good communication skills
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English

Our offer

  • 4-year full time PhD at the Ghent University, based on a successful completion of phase one of the project (after 19 months). Preferred starting date: March 2017
  • Collaboration in a young and dynamic (international) scientific team

Applications must be sent by email to by January 15, 2017 (email subject: OBCD application). Applications must be submitted in English as a single pdf file including motivation letter, a detailed CV, and (if applicable) two reference letters.

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