PhD position available in Montpellier/Rouen, France (semantic web, biomedical ontologies, multilingualism) - Fall 2013

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The LIRMM (University of Montpellier & CNRS) and CISMeF (LITIS, & Rouen
School of Medicine) are currently offering 1 fully-funded PhD studentships
commencing fall 2013 for 3 years.

Applications are invited from France, EU and international students on the
following PhD project. 


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Semantic portals interoperability and multilingual data integration in


Institution:           <> University of
Montpellier,  <> I2S doctoral school
                            University of Rouen <>
,  <> SPMII doctoral

Supervisors:       Clement Jonquet (LIRMM, UM2) –
               Lina Soualmia (LITIS, CHU de Rouen)  – <> 
               Stefan J. Darmoni (LITIS, CHU de Rouen) – <> 

Project:               SIFR project <>  (Semantic
Indexing of French Biomedical Data Resources)

When:                 Fall 2013 for 3 years

Where:                 <> Laboratory of Informatics,
Robotics, and Microelectronics of Montpellier (LIRMM) 
                            (2 first years)
                             <> Catalogue et Index des
Sites Médicaux de langue Française (CISMeF)
                            (last year)

Collaborations:       <> Stanford Center for
Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR),
                           Stanford University (Pr. Mark Musen).


(biomedical)ontologies & terminologies, semantic web, multilingualism,
knowledge representation, biomedical data integration, semantic
interoperability, ontology alignment, linked data


The volume of data in biomedicine is constantly increasing. Despite a large
adoption of English in science, a significant quantity of these data uses
the French language. The community has turned toward terminologies and
ontologies to design semantic indexes of data that leverage the medical
knowledge for better information mining and retrieval. However, besides the
existence of various English tools, there are considerably less ontologies
available in French and there is a strong lack of related tools and services
to exploit them. This lack does not match the huge amount of biomedical data
produced in French, especially in the clinical world (e.g., electronic
health records).

Within the SIFR project, we will investigate the scientific and technical
challenges in building ontology-based services to leverage biomedical
ontologies and terminologies in indexing, mining and retrieval of French
biomedical data. We will build an ontology-based indexing workflow similar
to what exists for English resources (e.g., NCBO Annotator) but dedicated
and specialized for French and make it available as a service for the
community. We will use this workflow for semantic indexing of French
biomedical data. We will investigate issues related to multilingual
knowledge representation (complex alignments between multilingual
ontologies) and maintenance/evolution of created annotations and mappings
over time. Especially, the use of the multilingual (French-English) mappings
will enable us to index French resources using English ontologies and to
search English resources, already indexed with English ontologies. We
envision potential interesting result in semantic search and automatic
translation. We will also investigate the process of lifting the annotated
data in the web of linked data. The project will partially reuse the work
done by the NCBO project, led by Stanford BMIR. We will also capitalize upon
existing tools developed by CISMeF. Methods will be generalizable to other
languages and domains of application.


The community has already invested efforts in developing ontology Web
portals to assist health professionals and users in the use of biomedical
ontologies and terminologies (e.g., browsing, visualizing, commenting and
indexing). For instances, BioPortal ( <> & HeTOP ( developed
respectively by Stanford University and CISMeF. 

The PhD project will consist in investigating the technological and
scientific issues to enable semantic interoperability of BioPortal and HeTOP
but also ontology portals in general. Also, the project will use semantic
web methodologies and technologies to extract and represent multilingual
mappings (i.e., alignments) between biomedical ontologies and use these
mappings to enable multilingual indexing and search of biomedical data.
Possible application to automated translation could be also considered.

Detailed Description:



For more information about this position, please contact Clement Jonquet
( <> ), Lina Soualmia (
<> and Stefan
J. Darmoni ( <> To apply, please e-mail the following:

- an explanation of your interest in the proposed research field;
- a curriculum vitae;
- copies of diplomas and other relevant certificates;
- a complete list of courses attended and corresponding grades;
- names and contact details of referees.

Master students in informatics/computer science. Experience in semantic web
technologies and good software/web engineering capabilities are highly

Motivation for the subject is mandatory and personal initiatives is a must
have. You will be at the center of a 3-part collaboration with

We strongly recommend a perfect knowledge of English and a good knowledge of



Best regards, 



Dr. Clement JONQUET  -  PhD in Informatics  -  Assistant Professor

PI of the  <> SIFR project: Semantic Indexing of
French Biomedical Data Resources (ANR, UM2, CNRS)





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