Harold Cohen

Harold Cohen, tireless computer art pioneer dies at 87   Harold Cohen at the Tate (1983) Aaron image in background   Harold Cohen died at 87 in his studio on 27th April 2016 in Encintias California, USA.The first time I hear...


Dancing with Pixies?...

At TEDx Tottenham, London Mark Bishop (the former chair of the Society) demonstrates that if the ongoing EU flagship science project - the 1.6 billion dollar "Human Brain Project” - ultimately succeeds in understanding all as...


Computerised Minds. ...

A video sponsored by the society discusses Searle's Chinese Room Argument (CRA) and the heated debates surrounding it. In this video, which is accessible to the general public and those with interest in AI, Olly's Philosophy Tube ...


Erden in AI roundtab...

On Friday 4th September, philosopher and AISB member Dr Yasemin J Erden, participated in an AI roundtable at Second Home, hosted by Index Ventures and SwiftKey.   Joining her on the panel were colleagues from academia and indu...


AISB Convention 2016

The AISB Convention is an annual conference covering the range of AI and Cognitive Science, organised by the Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour. The 2016 Convention will be held at the Uni...


Bishop and AI news

Stephen Hawking thinks computers may surpass human intelligence and take over the world. This view is based on the ideology that all aspects of human mentality will eventually be realised by a program running on a suitable compu...


Connection Science

All individual members of The Society for the Study of Artificial Intelligence and Simulation of Behaviour have a personal subscription to the Taylor Francis journal Connection Science as part of their membership. How to Acce...


Al-Rifaie on BBC

AISB Committee member and Research Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr Mohammad Majid al-Rifaie was interviewed by the BBC (in Farsi) along with his colleague Mohammad Ali Javaheri Javid on the 6 November 2014. He was a...


AISB YouTube Channel

The AISB has launched a YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/AISBTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/AISBTube). The channel currently holds a number of videos from the AISB 2010 Convention. Videos include the AISB round t...



AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD positions at KRDB Centre - Free Univ. of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy



PhD opportunities at the KRDB Research Centre

Faculty of Computer Science
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy

The Faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of
Bozen-Bolzano (Italy) offers regular openings for studentships for its
PhD program. Up-to-date information about how to apply for the PhD
program and the studentship - including deadlines, number of positions
and necessary documents - can be found in the university PhD web page

(see "Public Competition Announcement for PhD courses - 24th cycle")
and in the faculty PhD web page

The grant amounts roughly to 45,000 Euro over the three years of the
PhD. Substantial extra funding is available for participation in
international conferences, schools, and workshops. The faculty of
Computer Science and its PhD program are entirely based on the English


The KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data
 of the faculty of Computer Science
invites applicants to the PhD program to get in touch with the
research group, in order to have a better understanding of the
possible research activities in which prospective students may be
involved. Relevant research topics in the centre are the following:

 * Computational Logic and Deductive Databases
 * Computational Logic and Constraint Programming
 * Data and Information Integration
 * Description Logics and Ontology Languages
 * Efficient Reasoning Algorithms for Description Logics
 * Intelligent Access to Web Resources
 * Logic Based Approaches to Natural Language Understanding
 * Logic-Based Modelling of Biological Knowledge
 * Natural Language Processing
 * Ontology Development and Evaluation
 * P2P Database Integration
 * Query Answering in Distributed Environments
 * Semistructured Data Management
 * Temporal Logics and Temporal Databases

Other research topics are listed in the personal web pages of the
members of the KRDB Centre, see

The research activities in the KRDB research centre require good
knowledge of Logic and of Foundations of Databases, and some
knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and of Knowledge Representation.
Good knowledge of English is also preferred.


In recent years, knowledge and data base applications have
progressively converged towards integrated technologies which try to
overcome the limits of each single discipline. To be useful in
realistic applications, a modern knowledge representation and
reasoning system must be able to handle large data sets, and to
provide expressive query languages. On the other hand, the information
stored on the Web, in digital libraries, and in data warehouses is now
very complex and with deep semantic structures, thus requiring more
intelligent modelling languages and methodologies, and reasoning
services on those complex representations to support design,
management, flexible access, and integration.

The KRDB Research Centre was founded in 2002, and it now comprises 12
research staff and 9 PhD students. The centre aims at being an
international centre of excellence in basic and applied research on
KRDB technologies and at proposing to selected enterprises innovative
ideas and technologies based on the developed research. The KRDB
centre participated in national and international projects, it is
currently involved in two European projects and three European
Networks of Excellence, and it is a member of the Advisory Committee
of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The international prestige of
the centre is evidenced by the participation of its members as
conference and PC chairs, editors of international journals, invited
speakers at international events, and by their publication score in
international journals and conferences.


To get in contact with the KRDB Research Centre, send an email to:

  Prof. Diego Calvanese
  Faculty of Computer Science
  Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
  Piazza Domenicani, 3
  I-39100 Bolzano, Italy
  Email: calvanese@inf.unibz.it
  Phone: +39-0471-016-160
  Fax: +39-0471-016-009

To get in touch with the current PhD students, see