[DL] PhD Studentship on Trust Reasoning for Linked Data

Jeff Pan jeffpan.sw at googlemail.com
Sat Oct 2 22:50:35 CEST 2010

Apologies for cross-posting!

PhD Studentship on Trust Reasoning for Linked Data

Applications received by October 20, 2010, are assured full consideration.

The Knowledge Technology (KT) group in the Department of Computing Science
at the University of Aberdeen is one of the key players in the area of
semantics and ontology technologies with excellent balance between
theoretical work and pragmatic applications.

The KT group offers a friendly yet stimulating environment of a leading
research group in the field of semantics and ontology; an active
collaboration with leading academic institutes and major companies in fields
like software engineering, multimedia, product (such as aircraft engines)
engineering, bioinformatics and Web science; as well as experience of
collaboration with standardisation bodies such as the World Wide Web
Consortium (W3C) and Object Management Group (OMG).

The KT group is looking for one PhD candidate who will be based in the
RCUK-funded dot.rural Digital Economy research hub (www.dotrural.ac.uk). The
title of the PhD project is *Linked Open Data & the Crowd*. There are many
challenges associate with the creation and curation of linked data, and one
solution that has been suggested is to make use of large numbers of users
(the "crowd") to perform tasks such as creation of new data, parsing/linking
existing unstructured data, and correcting errors. Of course, once
crowd-sourcing is introduced, issues will arise as to what is the "truth" –
in terms of the reliability of new data and any edits to existing data – and
how to query and exploit such data with mixed trust levels. This PhD will
explore the issues associated with crowd-sourcing and linked data, and in
particular on trust reasoning for linked data, so as to support provenance
and to make assessments of quality and reliability. Tuition fees will be
paid at UK/EU rates, for 2010/2011 this is £3,400.  A maintenance grant will
also be paid, for 2010/2011 which is £13,590. Unfortunately, applications
from International applicants cannot be accepted for this studentship due to
specific criteria set out by the funding body.

The KT group expects: (1) A strong background in Computer Science, i.e., a
good Undergraduate (at the 2-1 level or higher) or Masters Degree in either
Computing Science or a related discipline. (2) Research interest and some
expertise in at least one of the following areas: ontology, reasoning,
linked data, query answering, inconsistency reasoning, uncertainty
reasoning, provenance. (3) The willingness to combine formal theoretical
work with application-oriented research. (4) Solid programming skills as
well as personal skills required to work closely with other collaborators in
the Digital Economy research hub.

Informal academic enquiries should be directed to  Dr J Pan (
http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/~jpan/), with a copy of your current CV. All
general enquiries should be directed to the Graduate School Admissions Unit(
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cops/graduate/admissions/enquiry/). Formal
applications can be completed online:
http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply.  In your application, please
include your curriculum vitae, a list of publications (if applicable) and
digital versions of your most relevant work (such as graduation thesis or
latest publications).

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