Call for Applications - PhD grants at UOC (Barcelona, Spain)



Call for Applications - PhD grants at UOC (Barcelona, Spain)

From: Robert Clarisó Viladrosa <rclariso_at_uoc.edu>
Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2012 18:42:54 +0100
Message-ID: <1656144242.654517.1328031791078.JavaMail.root@vilafranca>
Dear all,The Open University of Catalonia (UOC) offers competitive grants for PhD students during the academic year 2012-2013. The proposed research directions cover several topics within the network and informatio technologies discipline. Some of them are very relevant to the members of this mailing list, such as the use of ontologies for precise knowledge representation or the analysis of UML/OCL specifications. We kindly request that you forward this call to any potential candidate.The IN3-UOC Doctoral Theses Grants Programme requires full-time  dedication from the student and being physically present in the research  institute&rsquo;s facilities (Barcelona, Spain). A Doctoral Thesis Grant lasts between 3 and 4 years, with a yearly renewal subject to a positive evaluation.The call for applications is open until Feb 12, 2012. You can find additional information about the call in the PDF attachment or in the following URL [ http://in3.uoc.edu/opencms_portalin3/opencms/en/doctorat/presentacio/index.html ]. A summary of some of the research directions can be found at the bottom of this e-mail. Potential candidates are welcome to contact me at rclariso@uoc.edu to request further information about the call.Kind regards, Robert Claris&oacute; Lecturer at Open University of Catalonia-------Research topics 2012-2013
- Automated tools for Software Engineering
Nowadays  software is a core asset in companies and   administrations of any size.  The existence of software bugs can cause   accidents and important  economic losses. This is why the discipline of   software engineering  attempts to improve automation in the software   developing process. This  research line is oriented towards  investigating  automated tools that  help the quality of the final  software product  through the use of  techniques from modelling,  algorithmics and  artificial intelligence. A particular topic of interest in this direction will be the study of tools for the analysis and verification of OCL specifications.
- Effective use of ontologies for knowledge intensive applications
An ontology is a specification of a representational vocabulary    for a shared domain of discourse. It should be a way of describing    one&rsquo;s world and generally consists of terms, their definitions, and    axioms relating them. Ontologies provide a shared and common    understanding of a domain that can be communicated between people and    applications and may be used in many academic domains such as software    engineering, data integration, semantic web, e-learning and improving    web queries. We are particularly interested in the effective  application   of ontologies in the fields of software engineering,  semantic web,   geographic information systems and e-learning.
- Hybrid Algorithms for Solving Real-Life Routing, Scheduling and Reliability/Availability Problems
One of the emergent research areas in computer Science is  the  development of new hybrid algorithms and software applications aimed  at  solving complex real-life challenges such as those associated with   routing, scheduling or reliability/avalilability problems. most of these   problems are considered to be NP-hard, which means that an efficient   approach can be built only by combining techniques from different areas   such as Computer Science and operations Research (e.g. computer   simulation, heuristics, constraint programming, parallel programming,   etc.). At the same time, these problems represent important challenges   for strategic sectors in any developed country such as industry and   services, which explains the relevance of the proposed topics to current   international research.
- Adaptive and Personalized Learning via Interactive and Collaborative Systems Despite  a great potential and some initial successes, e-learning systems do not  yet have the impact that many believe is possible. In particular, there  has been insufficient attention paid to providing adapted and  personalized support that meets the general needs and expectations of  the learners. This deficiency has contributed to a lack of learner  engagement and some high attrition rates. This research line focuses on  designing and developing interactive collaborative learning systems with  extended computational interaction analysis capabilities. The resulting  systems will integrate learning adaptive and personalised approaches by  identifying and assessing learners&rsquo; behaviour , performance, knowledge  and skills (using Artificial Intelligence and data mining techniques),  intelligent monitoring progress, and giving purposeful and meaningful  advice to both learners and tutors. As a result, tutors will  offer personalized support at the appropriate time and in response to  the problematic situation as well as evaluate the earning process more  objectively. The system will also let learners have both adapted forms  of awareness about the current state of group activity and for  self-regulation of individual behaviour, and automatic personalized  feedback aiming at improving learning outcome.




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