Open position: PhD student in EU project Envision

  PhD-Researcher in EU FP7 Project ENVISION

STI Innsbruck is research institute at the University of Innsbruck and 
established itself as one of the key players in the area of semantic 
technologies, with excellent ties to other relevant public and corporate 
research institutions worldwide.

* We offer:*

· The stimulating environment of a leading research group in the fields 
of Semantic Web, Semantic Web Services, Service-Oriented Architectures 
and formal languages and reasoning.

· Long-term collaboration to well-known academic institutions and major 
companies around the world.

· A multicultural working place with state-of-the-art infrastructure and 
resources including funding for attending international conferences, PhD 
symposia, summer schools, etc.

*We expect:*

· A researcher (PhD student) with a strong background in Computer 
Science or Information Technologies and focused research interest and 
expertise in at least one of the following areas: knowledge 
representation, information retrieval methods, reasoning, formal 
languages, data mining, visualization algorithms.

· Interest in working for the EU FP7 project ENVISION.

The ENVISION project provides an ENVIronmental Services Infrastructure 
with ONtologies that aims to support non ICT-skilled users in the 
process of semantic discovery and adaptive chaining and composition of 
environmental services. Innovations in ENVISION are: on-the-Web enabling 
and packaging of technologies for their use by non ICT-skilled users, 
support for migrating environmental models to be provided as models as a 
service (Maas), and the use of data streaming information for harvesting 
information for dynamic building of ontologies and adapting service 

The ENVISION project will develop solutions to support the creation of 
web-based applications enabled for dynamic discovery and visual service 
chaining, and will provide support for visual semantic annotation tools 
and multilingual ontology management. The execution infrastructure that 
ENVISION project aims to build will comprises a semantic discovery 
catalogue and a semantic service mediator based on a generic semantic 
framework and adaptive service chaining with data-driven adaptability

Scenario requirements and pilots from the ENVISION user partners focus 
on landslide hazard assessment and environmental pollution (oil spills) 
decision support systems. The benefit of ENVISION for the wider 
community will be better accessibility to modelling tools using the Web 
and it will provide greater flexibility through improved connections to 
distributed sources of information.

The project consortium is an interdisciplinary team of engineers and 
researchers in Computing Science, GeoInformatics and Knowledge 
Management from all over Europe. The contribution of STI Innsbruck is on 
semantic technologies for service discovery and mediation. The aim is to 
develop a semantic catalogue system that supports registration and 
discovery of distributed environmental services. The semantic catalogue 
will be build on top of a standardized OGC catalogue extended with 
scalable semantic discovery techniques.

The project will run for 30 months. The project started in January 2010.

For further information regarding our organization, research and 
projects, please see 

We kindly invite you to submit your application to:

Universität Innsbruck
Chiffre MIP-6196 / Chiffre 6184
Posteinlaufstelle der Zentralen Dienste
Innrain 52
A-6020 Innsbruck

Please include a current resume, a list of publications (if applicable), 
and digital versions of your most relevant works (such as graduation 
thesis or latest publications).

In case of any further questions regarding this position please contact 
Ioan Toma at <>

Received on Friday, 20 August 2010 13:21:34 UTC