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Developer for Automated Imaging System (KTP Associate) 329404

University of Strathclyde - Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Location: Belfast, Glasgow
Salary: Up to £34k p.a. plus £4k training and development
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th October 2020
Closes: 29th November 2020
Job Ref: 281015

FTE: 1.00 

Term: Fixed (24 months)

Closing date: 29 November 2020

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

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

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.

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.

You will be employed by the University of Strathclyde but will spend most of your working time at the company’s premises in 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.

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