Roland Göcke - Students

Prospective Students

A list of possible future PhD project topics

My current research interests are largely in computer vision, multimodal human-computer interaction (HCI), affective computing and related areas. In particular, I am interested in:
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I strongly believe that, as computer systems more and more form an integral part of our daily life, the issues of human-computer interaction and user-adaptive systems are highly important. In the past, the user had to adapt to the hardware, but the trend nowadays is clearly towards more human-like interaction through user-sensing systems. Such interaction is inherently multi-modal. Through multi-modality we achieve robustness in real-world situations.

My research interests can largely be summarised as being in vision for HCI and related signal processing areas. As the cost of camera technology is dropping, vision systems are employed in many more application areas. Fundamental to many of these is the ability to detect and track objects, and to estimate their path. Also, in real-world applications, we must be able to handle changing environmental conditions (e.g. illumination) and non-rigid objects (varying in shape, texture, and pose.

Much of my research is use-inspired and application-driven, yet I believe it is equally important to have a sound theoretical base. Currrently, my work is related to applications in driver assistance technology ("Smart Cars"), thermal imaging for night vision and health care applications, and improved HCI technology. A new area of research is affective computing, i.e. the ability of computer systems to sense and adapt to the affective state (mood, emotion, stress level) of a person which, for example, has applications in monitoring staff in safety-critical operations (e.g. air-traffic controllers). Such technology also has applications in health care, medicine and human performance analysis.

These are just a few examples of application areas of research in vision and multimodal HCI. If you are interested in doing research in HCI or a related area and would like to do a research project, please feel free to email me at any time. Research projects are possible at the levels of an honours degree, masters degree, or PhD degree. A list of possible future PhD project topics can be found here.

Graduate Research Student Applications

In general, applications will have to come through the appropriate ANU channels, but please keep me informed of your intentions by sending me an email. For prospective graduate students (PhD, Masters), you will normally need to apply for both admission as well as a scholarship. Some useful ANU webpages: Scholarships for PhD study are unfortunately always very limited. Australian students and international students with a permanent resident status can apply for an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) which provides a stipend for living expenses. These students also do not need to pay tuition fees as they are covered by the Australian government. Applicants from Austrlia or New Zealnd with a first-class honours degree have generally very good chances of getting an APA scholarship.

For international applicants, please note that competition for scholarships is always very fierce and that the number of scholarships is fairly small in comparison to the number of applicants. Applicants can therefore not rely on getting a scholarship from the ANU, and more generally in Australia, and should explore all avenues for getting a scholarship elsewhere as well, e.g. from their home country. The Deparment of Education, Science and Technology of the Australian government also has a number of scholarships for Postgraduate Studies. While the Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarships (EIPRS) are administered through your ANU application process, other scholarships, such as the Endeavour Postgraduate Awards and region-specific scholarships, require an application directly to DEST. Other DEST scholarships include the Australian Development Scholarships and the Australian Leadership Awards which may only be available to applicants from certain countries. Please note that application deadlines for DEST scholarships may differ from the ANU application deadline.

Summer Scholars, Visiting Students and Internships

If you are interested in a summer scholar research project, a project as a visiting student (for example, to do research for a Masters project at an overseas university) or a research internship under my supervision, you should contact me by email as early as possible. In particular, overseas students should do so at least 6 months before the intended start date, as it takes that time to sort out visa issues.

Please note that projects outside the ANU CECS Summer research scholar program must have a minimum length of 4-6 months full-time. Please also note that students for such projects must provide their own funding. Students interested in the ANU CECS Summer research scholar program must apply through the application procedure described on that webpage.

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