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PhD Position at école des mines de Saint-Étienne

From: Antoine Zimmermann <antoine.zimmermann@emse.fr>
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:40:26 +0100
Message-ID: <533124DA.707@emse.fr>
To: Semantic Web <semantic-web@w3.org>, Linked Data community <public-lod@w3.org>
CC: Flavien BALBO <flavien.balbo@emse.fr>
Dear All

Firstly, apologies for cross posting.

A PhD studentship is available at ENS Mines Saint-Étienne.

He/she will be supervised by Professor Flavien Balbo and assistant 
Professor Antoine Zimmermann (ISCOD team, iscod.emse.fr).

Scientific context:

Intelligent transportation systems (ITS) aims at improving public 
transports, logistics and traffic management by utilising new hardware 
infrastructures (such as, sensors and communication networks) with 
modern information technologies for simulation, real-time control, data 
and knowledge management and exploitation. This opens new issues for the 
collection, storage and distribution of information related to 
travellers and goods. More specifically, information sources and 
services are numerous, multi-scale, heterogeneous and independent. As an 
example, recommending a multimodal route demands access to data and 
services that belong to independent operators, and that are difficult to 
combine. Therefore, one of the major objectives of ITS is to propose an 
adapted answer to the needs and dynamic context of travalers, thanks to 
a combined use of multiple services, data sources and partially 
formalised knowledge.

Doctoral issue:

In this context, the goal of this PhD thesis is the design of a generic 
framework to collect and share information and services in the 
transportation domain. Information and services are proposed by multiple 
operators in order to offer flexible and adapted advanced services to 
the travelers. The resulting middleware has to process heterogeneous and 
multi-scale information. The middleware design will be based on 
multi-agent and semantic web technologies.

More precisely, the design of the shared information space will exploit 
open ontologies and linked data to integrate and to access heterogeneous 
and distributed data or service sources. The explicitation and context 
awareness of users will be based on the research of the ISCOD team and 
will be adapted to the transportation domain. Finally, the deployment of 
the middleware in an open and distributed environment will benefit from 
the research on interaction and coordination models in the multi-agent 
domain with the integration of the mobility dimension.

Additional Information:

The ISCOD laboratory belongs to the Henri Fayol institute that is a 
Joint Research Unit (JRU) of ARMINES and its partner school ENS Mines 
Saint-Etienne that deals with industrial management, systems engineering 
and information technology. Its objectives are to develop and explore 
advanced methods, models and tools to improve the overall performance of 
organisations, companies, and businesses, from both social 
responsibility and sustainable development perspectives. One of its 
research activities contribute to the development of a transparent and 
intelligent mediation infrastructure between the strongly interconnected 
digital world (contents and services) and real world (things and 
people). The models, technologies and applications that are developed 
within the group address the challenges of Decentralisation, Cooperation 
and Openness that are at the core of current ITs application (Web 
intelligence, Ambient Computing). The main research subjects 
investigated are multi-agent-oriented
  computing, information retrieval, semantic technologies, trust and 
privacy, artificial intelligence.

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate should have an MSc or equivalent degree in computer 
science or mathematics and should be able to work in a collaborative 

Background knowledge and/or previous experience in the following areas, 
will be considered favorably:

  - Multi-agent System,
  - Semantic Web,
  - Software engineering.


Email CV and motivation letter to

    - Flavien Balbo : Flavien [dot) Balbo [at) emse (dot] fr
    - Antoine Zimmermann : Antoine (dot] Zimmermann (at] emse [dot) fr

Antoine Zimmermann
ISCOD / LSTI - Institut Henri Fayol
École Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne
158 cours Fauriel
42023 Saint-Étienne Cedex 2
Tél:+33(0)4 77 42 66 03
Fax:+33(0)4 77 42 66 66

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