Ph.D. Position in Enterprise 2.0, Data integration and the Semantic Web @ DERI

Here is another Ph.D. position available in DERI. Deadline is next monday, and if you’re in SemTech and have any questions, please email / tweet me to discuss it face to face.

As part of the “Social Semantic Enterprise” project, and in collaboration with Cisco Systems and the IRCSET (Irish Research Council for Science, Engineering and Technology), the Digital Enterprise Research Institute is currently seeking a Ph.D. candidate on the topic of Social Software, Enterprise data integration, information quality and privacy. This research project is part funded by Cisco Research Center in response to the collaboration RFP category.

The successful candidate will study how to integrate public data from the Social Web (Tweets, linkedIn profile, Facebook updates, etc.) in the Enterprise, while at the same time respecting privacy of employees and ensuring that only relevant and accurate data is shared in the enterprise. This integration will provide a better integration of Social Web platforms both inside and outside the workspace, leveraging both with common semantics for an integrated social knowledge management experience.

Candidates should have at least a M.Sc. degree in computer science, science or engineering with excellent results, have the pre-requisites for Ph.D. studies at NUI Galway, and must be fluent in english. The Ph.D. position covers academic fees, a generous monthly stipend and a research travel allowance for a three year period, as well as the use of DERI’s facilities for experimentations and research.

The following criteria are expected from the student:

  • Interest with Semantic Web technologies (RDF(S)/OWL, SPARQL, etc.) and Linked Data
  • Interest and familiarity with social software (blogs, wikis, microblogging, etc.)
  • Interest in Enterprise information systems and data integration
  • Interest for standardisation processes
  • Good programming skills
  • Good english writing skills

The successful candidate will work with Dr. Alexandre Passant in DERI, NUI Galway, within the Social Software Unit. There will be extensive opportunities for collaboration with other researchers and research units and projects in DERI and in Europe, as well as in other world-wide institutes with whom DERI collaborates, including opportunities for a long-term visit during the Ph.D. timeframe. The Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Galway (DERI) is one of the largest semantic research organization in the world. DERI’s mission is to enable networked knowledge, globally interlinking information from the Web and the physical world. DERI is based in Galway is one of the most beautiful Irish cities shaped by artistic communities, active student life, innovative industry and leading edge research. Galway is located at the beautiful west coast of Ireland within the Galway Bay, ‘between’ Europe and the U.S., making it an ideal hub for national, European and international research.

The application must be send by June 28th, 2010 to Dr. Alexandre Passant in either (X)HTML, pdf or plain text and must contain the following:

  • a CV
  • a one page statement explaining the candidate’s interest in and compatibility with the objectives of the position
  • a list of (minimum two) referees
  • additionally, publications, software and other artifacts that the student may be consider relevant – ideally as links to resources available online
  • copies of M.Sc. results and transcripts

Applications that do not follow the previous format will not be considered. Requests for information should be addressed to the same person.

Ph.D. Position in Modeling Linked Sensor Data and Incorporating Social Feedback and Community Sharing @ DERI

Interested in the Semantic Web and in Social Software ? Want to work on the exciting field of their integration with sensor data ? Want to join DERI ? Here’s an current open (and fully-funded) Ph.D. position in DERI for the new EU project SPITFITRE, starting soon. If any questions, feel free to contact me at my @deri email. Edit: In addition, there is a second position open for the same project, essentially focused on querying and mining sensor data. You can check both on the jobs section of the DERI website.

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) at the National University of Ireland Galway is seeking applications for a fully-funded Ph.D. position in Modeling Sensor Data and incorporating Social Feedback and Community Sharing. The successful candidate will join the EU-funded FP7 SPITFIRE project team in DERI at NUI Galway: Semantic-Service Provisioning for the Internet of Things using Future Internet Research by Experimentation.

The Digital Enterprise Research Institute, Galway (DERI) is one of the largest semantic research organization in the world. DERI’s mission is to enable networked knowledge, globally interlinking information from the Web and the physical world. DERI is based in Galway is one of the most beautiful Irish cities shaped by artistic communities, active student life, innovative industry and leading edge research. Galway is located at the beautiful west coast of Ireland within the Galway Bay, ‘between’ Europe and the U.S., making it an ideal hub for national, European and international research.

SPITFIRE is an international project funded by the European Union working towards the realisation of a stronger connection between the natural and the digital worlds. The goal of this project is to investigate unified concepts, methods and software infrastructures that facilitate the efficient development of applications that span and integrate the Internet and the embedded (i.e., sensor) world, and make use of state-of-the-art Web and Semantic Web technologies to achieve this goal. SPITFIRE will drastically lower the effort required for developing robust, interoperable and scalable applications in the Internet of Things. This will facilitate new kinds of applications and services that are not possible to date and thus have an impact on research, industry and private households. The project consortium consists of academic and industrial partners from Ireland, Germany, Greece and Belgium. It is coordinated by DERI, NUI Galway.

The successful candidate is expected to work towards (1) the modeling of sensor data as Linked Data, (2) the incorporation of user-feedback for validating sensor description and (3) collaborative methods for sharing sensor description and related queries at Web scale. This will provide new methods and techniques for enabling sensor data description being available on the Web, being able to share these description within communities of interest. Use-cases where such methods could be deployed include Ambient Intelligence and Reality Mining. Ambient Intelligence is focused around personal applications, varying dependent on context, user’s goals, user roles, relations and entities. Reality Mining deals with the investigation and modelling of principles underlying the evolution and interactions in large social, communication and collaborative networks derived from individual sensors and their data.

The work will be achieved in close cooperation with other units and projects in DERI, as well as with the other partners from the SPITFIRE consortium. The FIRE initiative and its large-scale experimental facilities provide the unique opportunity to evaluate the developed methods and algorithms at large scale and in a realistic environment.

Areas of interest include – but are not limited to:

  • Modelling Sensor data as Linked Open Data and using ontology engineering best practices
  • Incorporating user-feedback in output of mined sensor description
  • Designing social software and community sharing applications for sensor data
  • Querying sensor data and sharing queries description in online communities

The successful candidate should have at least a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, science or engineering (M.Sc. is a plus), have the pre-requisites for Ph.D. studies at NUI Galway, and must be fluent in english. The Ph.D. position covers academic fees, a generous monthly stipend and a research travel allowance for a three year period, as well as the use of DERI’s facilities for experimentations and research. The Ph.D. position is initially funded for a 3-years duration, with subject to extension to 4-years.

The following criteria are expected from the student:

  • Interest with Semantic Web technologies (RDF(S)/OWL, SPARQL, etc.) and Linked Data
  • Interest and familiarity with social software (blogs, wikis, microblogging, etc.)
  • Interest for standardisation processes
  • Good programming skills
  • Good english writing skills

The successful candidate will work with the DERI Principle Investigator Prof. Manfred Hauswirth and Dr. Alexandre Passant in DERI, NUI Galway. There will be extensive opportunities for collaboration with other researchers and with other research groups and projects in DERI and in Europe, as well as in other world-wide institutes with whom DERI collaborates, including opportunities for a long-term visit during the Ph.D. timeframe.

The application must be send by Jun 30th, 2010 to Dr. Alexandre Passant in either (X)HTML, pdf or plain text and must contain the following:

  • a CV
  • a one page statement explaining the candidate’s interest in and compatibility with the objectives of the position
  • a list of (minimum two) referees
  • additionally, publications, software and other artifacts that the student may be consider relevant – ideally as links to resources available online

Applications that do not follow the previous format will not be considered. Requests for information should be addressed to the same person.

sparqlPuSH at the Semantic Web Scripting Challenge

ESWC2010 is starting today, but some workshops and tutorials have already been held on sunday and monday. Besides the SPOT2010 workshop, I’m happy to announce that sparqlPuSH won the Semantic Web Scripting Challenge prize ! Here are the slides of the presentation.

SFSW2010 was actually the last edition of the SFSW workshop series. As shown in the closing session, lots of things happened in the community since 2005, when there was almost no API for managing RDF data on the Web, scalable RDF store, UI nor mash-ups. I believe that these SFSW workshops played an important role in that move, building a pragmatic vision of the Semantic Web landscape. Thank you guys for that ! Besides that, the conference is ongoing for the next three days and I’m presenting our demo paper on dbrec today, and in the demo session tonight (dbrec is also participating in the AI mashup challenge, so your votes are highly welcome :-). Slides will be uploaded after the presentation, and here’s some teasing, since I’ll avoid the usual bullet-points approach for these ones. Edit : here are the slides of the short presentation.