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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

3 PhD bursaries at KRDB Research Centre, Bolzano, Italy

FINAL CALL - DEADLINE October 20, 2008

3 PhD positions with studentship 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 an opening for 14 positions
for its PhD program, 7 of which with a three-year studentship.
3 of the 7 PhD positions with studentship are offered by the
KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data .

The deadline for the formal application is Oct. 20, 2008.
Information about how to apply for the PhD program and the studentship
can be found in the university PhD web page

and in the faculty PhD web page

(follow link "Public Competition Announcement for PhD courses - 24th cycle")

The studentship 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
also 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.


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
via della Mostra, 4
I-39100 Bolzano, Italy
Phone: +39-0471-016-160
Fax: +39-0471-016-009

To get in touch with the current PhD students, see