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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

PhD student position in multi-agent organisations, Delft, THE NETHERLANDS


* Job description This position is part of the SHINE project and will be performed as a cooperation
between the Man-Machine Interaction research group at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, 
Mathematics and Computer Science, and the ICT research group at the Faculty of Technology, Policy 
and Management. Daily supervisors are Dr. Virginia Dignum and Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk and the 
promotor is Prof. Dr. Catholijn Jonker.

In order to understand, manage and safeguard society against abrupt changes and events in our 
complex world, there is an increasing need for integrated social monitoring systems that are able 
to access and integrate many heterogeneous information sources, including observation performed by 
local communities and traditional networks. This combination, augmented with new, advanced 
techniques for flexible sensing; software technology for data management, interpretation, 
dissemination and visualisation; decision making and acting offers great potential for an 
integrated social monitoring system. This project's main research question is: How can 
heterogeneous resources (people, mobile sensors, fixed sensors, social media, information systems, 
etc.) self-organise for answering dynamic information needs?

This PhD project will focus on the organisational development and analysis aspects of such systems. 
In order to achieve their goals, actors (sensors, people, or autonomous agents) participating in 
integrated social monitoring systems require means for coordination and cooperation that take into 
account their requirements and (institutional) constraints. 
Participants are assumed to belong to existing organisations and to be bound by specific norms of 
conduct (implicit or explicit) and expectations.

* Requirements
As a PhD student your tasks include the following activities:
?    performing scientific research;
?    implementing research prototypes and testing them in live settings;
?    presenting results at international conferences;
?    publishing results in scientific journals;
?    participating in the research groups' activities.

We are looking for excellent candidates who meet the following requirements:
?    an MSc degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence or a closely related field;
?    good programming skills;
?    good speaking and writing skills in English.
Having a background in multi-agent systems, organisation modelling or multi-agent simulation is a plus.

* Conditions of employment

Maximum employment: 38 hours per week (1 FTE) Duration of contract: 4 years Salary scale: 2042 to 
2612 per month gross

In addition, TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free 
high-speed Internet access from home (with a contract of two years or longer), and the option of 
assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the 'IKA'). Salary and benefits are in 
accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

* Information and application For more information about this position, please contact 
Dr. Birna van Riemsdijk, phone: +31 (0)15-2786331, e-mail: 
m.b.vanriemsdijk@tudelft.nl or Dr. Virginia Dignum, phone: +31-15-2788064,
e-mail: : m.v.dignum@tudelft.nl . To apply, please e-mail the following:

?  an explanation of your interest in the proposed research field; ?  a Curriculum Vitae; ?  
copies of diplomas and other relevant certificates; ?  a complete list of courses attended and 
corresponding grades; ?  names and contact details of two references; ?  proof of English language 
skills (if applicable).

Please send your application materials by the early application deadline of 31 January 2012 to 
J. Eddini, hr-eemcs.tudelft.nl. We will continue to consider applications until the position is 
filled. When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number EWI12-01.

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Dr. M. Birna van Riemsdijk
assistant professor
Man-Machine Interaction Group
Department of Mediamatics
Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science Delft University of Technology 
Mekelweg 4
2628 CD Delft
The Netherlands
Room: HB 12.040
Telephone: +31 (0)15 2786331
Fax: +31 (0)15 2787141
Website: http://mmi.tudelft.nl/~birna/
Twitter: @mbirna