Developer for Automated Imaging System (KTP Associate)

University of Strathclyde / EventMap Ltd 
Location: Belfast
Salary: Up to £34k p.a. plus £4k training and development budget
Closing Date: 29th November 2020

The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering in partnership with EventMap Ltd (www.eventmapsolutions.com/) is seeking to appoint a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate focussing on image processing algorithm development.

The Role
This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious individual to kick-start their career with industry as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). The Associate will be working with EventMAP to develop new visualisation tools for their software products and to further their work in the emerging area of utilisation and Space Management. The project aims to demonstrate that embedding an optical based sensor system into EventMAP’s current utilisation solution will drive innovation and allow rapid development to meet the needs of our core sectors.

The position is funded through the acclaimed Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme which is a government-supported initiative, enabling graduates (KTP Associates) to work on exciting and challenging projects in a partnership between a business and a university. This is an opportunity to fast track your career by delivering a strategic project that has the potential to transform the business.

You will be employed by the University of Strathclyde but will be based at EventMAP, working directly with senior company staff, as well as receiving additional mentoring support from expert staff at the University of Strathclyde.

EventMAP
EventMAP develop cutting-edge software and consultancy packages for timetabling, scheduling, resourcing and space planning for academia and large-scale organisations. Our solutions are designed to provide powerful, flexible tools that can help create significant increases in operational efficiency and our clients include several of the world’s leading universities, as well as an ever-expanding number of large commercial and public sector organisations.

Throughout Eventmap’s recent exponential growth phase, utilisation studies have been carried out across all the major sectors service using staff to ‘count’ people in rooms occupied in specific activities. It is notable that additional business has not been captured based on the perceived ‘antiquated’ approach to collecting this occupancy data i.e. new Companies have entered the market using physical sensors to capture this information. To ensure we continue to provide market leading products and services and continue our growth trajectory, we recognise the need for an innovative approach to the capturing of occupancy data as part of the utilisation survey. The optical based sensor system fine-tuned and developed in this project would be both innovative and revolutionary within the industry and for our business.

University of Strathclyde
The University of Strathclyde has developed a prototype system for monitoring room occupancy in a teaching environment by deploying a series of IP cameras. The pictures from the cameras are processed by image processing algorithms to count the number of people in each class using techniques based on deep learning. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to take this existing system through to product with EventMAP. The algorithms may require further refinement in challenging environments. The project will require you to work with Timetabling, Estates, Senior IT staff and operational IT technicians to develop robust operating protocols to make the system transferable to new academic and non-academic institutions.

The system will be embedded within the existing products of EventMAP and you will be expected to assist in the business development and marketing of these products.
You will be employed by the University of Strathclyde but will spend most of your working time at the company’s premises in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A key feature of the KTP position is a personal training and development allowance of £4,000 that you can use to develop skills related to the project that will help you to advance your career as a software and algorithms professional. You will also have the opportunity to register for a research degree based on the work carried out on the project.  The test bed system is based at the University of Strathclyde, you will therefore be required to spend several weeks, spread over the two years, in Glasgow working on refining and evaluating the system there.

To be considered for the role you should have the demonstrable skills to address both a technically challenging programming/product design role, as well as business development role for the product with the company and excellent people skills.

There is a potential for a role to be offered by EventMAP following the completion of the KTP project.

The project is part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme that aims to help businesses improve their competitiveness and productivity through better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. Successful Knowledge Transfer Partnership projects are funded by UK Research and Innovation through Innovate UK and are part of the government’s Industrial Strategy. To find out how KTP works and the vital role you will play if you successfully secure a KTP Associate position please visit: www.ktpws.org.uk. There are over 200 vacancies currently available at www.ktp-uk.org/graduates or search ‘KTP jobs’.

Brief Outline of Job:
An existing people counting system based on cameras and software processing has been developed at University of Strathclyde.
The role of the KTP associate is to take this existing system through to an embedded enhancement within the EventMAP space utilisation software products. The position will involve understanding the existing system, modifying where necessary and addressing the practicalities of implementing this system in more challenging environments. It will require the development of operating protocols and documentation as well as comparisons with existing systems. The system will then be added to the existing systems developed by EventMAP. Finally, it will involve a business development role in identifying new and emerging markets for the product and adapting it accordingly.

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