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PhD Positions on Ontology Reasoning and Next-generation Internet

From: Jeff Z. Pan <jpan@csd.abdn.ac.uk>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2008 22:32:58 +0100 (BST)
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PhD Positions on Ontology Reasoning and Next-generation Internet

Applications Deadline: July 20, 2008

The Knowledge Technology (KT) group in the Department of Computing Science
at the University of Aberdeen is one of the key players in the area of
semantics and ontology technologies with excellent balance between
theoretical work and pragmatic applications.

The KT group offers a friendly yet stimulating environment of a leading
research group in the field of semantics and ontology; an active
collaboration with leading academic institutes and major companies in
fields like software engineering, multimedia, product (such as aircraft
engines) engineering, bioinformatics and Web science; as well as
experience of collaboration with standardisation bodies such as the World
Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

The KT group is looking for PhD researchers who are willing to do research
within one of our new projects. The goal of the project is to combine
benefits and synergy of Web 2.0 and semantic and ontology technologies. To
reach this goal, it will develop a
seamless integration technology for ontologies into social Web 2.0
applications, resulting in ontology-driven social Web 2.0 development.
Scalable ontology reasoning technologies will play a key role in the
project. Successful candidates will be awarded SICSA (Scottish Informatics
and Computer Science Alliance,
http://www.sicsa.ac.uk/) studentships, which include support for living
expenses of 12, 940, research expenses and a contribution towards
postgraduate fees of 3,315. Students who are not UK/EU residents are
required to pay the higher overseas student fee of around 11,000 per
year. You may apply for additional support to cover the difference in fees
but the SICSA studentship does not guarantee such support.

The KT group expects: (1) A strong background in Computer Science, i.e.,
an outstanding Undergraduate (1st class honours degree) or Masters Degree
(with Distinction or equivalent GPA scores) in either Computing Science or
a related discipline. (2) Research interest and some expertise in at least
two of the following areas: ontology, reasoning, Web 2.0, query answering,
inconsistency reasoning, uncertainty reasoning, machine learning. (3) The
willingness to combine formal theoretical work with application-oriented
research. (4) Solid programming skills as well as personal skills required
to work with the local team and our collaborators.

For further information regarding to the research in the KT group and the
project, please contact Dr. Jeff Z. Pan

*How to apply*

Applications will be processed in two phases. In the first phase, your
qualifications will be considered and, if approved, you will receive an
offer for a place in our PhD programme. To submit an application, please
follow the instructions here:


Please include your curriculum vitae, a list of publications (if
applicable) and digital versions of your most relevant work (such as
graduation thesis or latest publications). The deadline of first phase
application is July 20, 2008.

In the second phase, you will be considered for funding; invited
candidates will be asked to complete the prize application form:


and return the completed form to gina@cs.st-andrews.ac.uk. Students must
have or must expect to be awarded a 1st class honours degree or an MSc
with Distinction or equivalent GPA scores. If you have not achieved this
level, your application will not normally be considered for SICSA
studentships. The deadline of the second phase application is July 31,

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