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Probabilistic Vision Group and Medical Imaging Lab McGill University

Announcement of PhD student Position in Machine Learning for
Medical Image Analysis

Position and supervision

We  are seeking applicants for a new PhD student  position in Machine Learning for Medical Image
Analysis, under the supervision of Prof. Tal Arbel and co-supervision of Prof. Doina Precup.
Prof. Arbel [1] is Director of the Medical Imaging Lab and Probabilistic Vision Group – a research group that works on probabilistic methods for computer vision and medical image analysis. This lab is part of the Centre for Intelligent Machines, a world-renowned, interdisciplinary research centre focusing on intelligence systems. Prof.  Precup [2] is Co-Director of the Reasoning and Learning Lab, a group of 50+ researchers interested mainly in machine learning and AI.  McGill  University is located in the beautiful city  of Montreal, a vibrant,  bilingual,  multicultural metropolis in the province of Quebec, Canada.

Research project and team

The research project focuses on the development of new machine learning algorithms for medical imaging, including Bayesian, probabilistic graphical models and deep learning.   Specifically, the candidate will develop theoretical frameworks and software tools to automatically learn Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)  biomarkers for predicting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) disability progression.
The PhD student will join a large collaborative team of researchers worldwide, as part of a recently awarded 4M Collaborative Network Award grant funded by the International Progressive MS Alliance (IPMSA).[3].  The team consists of an interdisciplinary set of researchers including, in addition to com- puter scientists, neurologists and experts in MS, biostatisticians, medical imaging specialists, and mem- bers of the pharmaceutical industry, joining groups from the Montreal Neurological Institute (Canada), Harvard Medical School (USA), University College London Hospital (UK),  University of Genoa (Italy), John Hopkins (USA), and others.  The PhD student will  have  access to an enormous dataset of real, multicenter, multi-scanner, MS patient MRI on which to train and test their frameworks.

Qualifications and informations

The candidate must have completed or being about to complete a M. Sc. or M. Eng. in one of: computer vision, medical image analysis, machine learning. A good track record of publishing in top conferences and journals (e.g. CVPR, MICCAI,  IPMI, PAMI, TMI, MIA, NIPS, ICML) is a strong plus. Candidates must have strong mathematical skills, good programming skills and knowledge and experience in the domain of machine learning and deep learning (e.g.  Python,  Tensorflow/Theano/Pytorch,  C/C++, OpenCV). In addition to conducting independent  research,  responsibilities  will  include collaboration with other members of the IPMSA team and collaborations with other graduate students. Candidates should submit a CV, relevant publications (or projects, blogs, links to repos they deem appropriate), and the names of 2 referees.


All  interested candidates should contact Prof.  Tal Arbel:  arbel [at] cim.mcgill.ca or Prof.  Doina Precup: dprecup [at] cs.mcgill.ca and cc Prof. Arbel’s research associate Dr. Paul Lemaˆıtre:plemaitr [at] cim.mcgill.ca. Candidates interested in joining Prof.  Arbel’s lab are advised to submit their application as soon as possible (details for the program can be found in [4]).  McGill  University  is committed to equity in employment and diversity.  It welcomes applications from indigenous  peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to further diversification.

Center for Intelligent Machines and Department of 1Electrical and Computer Engineering.