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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Research position: Optimisation and Distributed Reasoning in Wireless Networks, Cork, Ireland


Research position: Optimisation and Distributed Reasoning in Wireless Networks,
Cork Constraint Computation Centre, Ireland (DEADLINE: open)

Optimisation and Distributed Reasoning in Wireless Networks
Centre for Telecommunications Value-chain Research
Cork Constraint Computation Centre, UCC, Ireland

The Centre for Telecommunications Value-chain Research  (CTVR) and the
Cork Constraint Computation Centre (4C) at University College Cork,
Ireland, have a vacancy for a postdoctoral researcher to work on
optimisation problems in wireless networking. Strong programming
skills are necessary. Experience in the one or more of the following
areas will be required: distributed computing, distributed constraint
optimisation, multi-agent systems, constraint programming, local search,
optimisation algorithms, combinatorial auctions and game theory.
Knowledge of wireless networking would be an advantage.

CTVR ( is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution research
centre funded by Science Foundation Ireland. Its aim is to develop
breakthrough research in areas relevant to the telecommunications
industry, with particular emphasis on the economic context and value-
chain impact of the research. The centre is led by Trinity College Dublin,
and involves five technology strands: Emerging Networks, Radio Frequency,
Photonics, Test & Reliability, and Optimisation & Management. The
Optimisation and Management strand is led by 4C, working with UCD, and
involves collaborative research and development in optimisation, decision
support and business management in telecommunications. Sample projects
include protocols for negotiating access to spectrum commons, optimised
fault detection in optical networks, distributed coordination in supply
chains, stochastic inventory management, demand forecasting, the economic
impact of dynamic spectrum, and optimisation of backhaul networks for
cellular systems.

The Cork Constraint Computation Centre ( at University
College Cork is one of the leading academic centres of constraint
programming research in the world. The centre has about 50 members,
including academics, research staff and students, from over a dozen
countries and collaborates with researchers from many countries. It has
an Industry Associates Program ( with over 50 members.
4C is part of the Department of Computer Science, but is based in its own
building in the centre of Cork City, a short walk from the main UCC campus.

The appointed person will be expected to work closely with researchers from
the Radio Frequency and Emerging Networks strands, and in particular on
optimisation techniques for reconfigurable wireless systems. There will be
opportunities for collaboration with CTVR's industrial partners, including
Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs Ireland. The researcher will also be expected to
collaborate with other CTVR researchers in 4C, with the opportunity to
contribute to other ongoing CTVR projects. Candidates should be highly
motivated, with a strong publication record, and an interest in developing
applications of computational techniques.

The position is available immediately. Funding is secure until mid-July
2009, with the potential for extension. Postdoctoral salaries start at
39000, with higher salaries dependent on qualifications and experience.
The position will remain open until filled.

To apply, please send a CV plus covering letter to Dr Ken Brown at the
address below. For informal discussion, please contact Ken Brown
(, copying

Dr Ken Brown
Cork Constraint Computation Centre
14 Washington Street West
Tel: (+353) 021-425-5465
4C Tel: (+353) 021-425-5400