[Elsnet-list] Top student interested in working within the ESSENCE project—FELLOW 5

Fausto Giunchiglia fausto at disi.unitn.it
Tue Jan 28 15:56:21 CET 2014


We are looking for a top student interested in
working within the ESSENCE project—FELLOW 5
(www.essence-network.eu/)
The research will be conducted under the supervision
of Fausto Giunchiglia (http://disi.unitn.it/~fausto/) in the
KnowDive Group (http://disi.unitn.it/~knowdive/), a
large, multicultural and multi-disciplinary group which is
part of the Department of Information Engineering and
Computer Science (http://disi.unitn.it/), University of
Trento (http://www.unitn.it/).

Keywords: Entity-centric knowledge representation,
semantic repositories, domain knowledge construction,
collaborative platforms, user interface and experience
design, crowdsourcing.

Essential skills and knowledge relevant to the project are:
• Very good spoken and written English with strong
writing skills, good teamwork abilities;
• experience with crowdsourcing methods;
• experience in the use and maintenance of entity
bases, and with related quality issues and
measures;
• strong experience in software design and development,
beyond the academic curriculum.

Desirable skills and knowledge relevant to the project are:
• experience on the design and development of a
framework and quality certification pipeline for live
crowdsourced data importing and integration;
• knowledge resources (linguistic resources, thesauri,
ontologies);
• linked and open data;
• user interface and experience design;
• software change management (VCS, staging, deployment,
dependency management, etc.);
• API analytics;
• API performance evaluation and optimization;
• technical writing (API documentation);
• developer community management.

The ideal candidate is a top student interested in
pursuing a PhD degree, with top performance in a field
related to the areas mentioned above. (S)he should be
proactive, self-motivated, able to work independently
and in a team, and capable of work with a small group
of programmers and PhD fellows of top Universities/
Partners.

The main activities and project responsibilities of
the successful candidate will concern an entity-centric
crowdsourcing pipeline for large scale up-to-date high
quality knowledge:
• develop methods that will support applications
requiring live data, such as news and media search
by utilizing effective crowdsourcing techniques;
• design and implement a framework for storing
entities and media about them according to an
appropriate diversity-aware data model, a certification
pipeline that ensures data quality, and
methods to obtain up-to-date entities from existing
sources and open data through crowdsourcing and
ESP-style games;
• validate the proposed crowdsourcing solutions “in
the field” on multimedia application domains provided
by the private sector.

The candidate will also develop a prototype of the
certification pipeline and crowdsourcing frameworks.
The successful candidate will be expected to design
and realize evaluations in real-world multimedia search
test case scenarios, and will support the project
coordinator in the overall project management activities.
These activities will include: managing the work of
team members and of collaborators; producing project
deliverables; and managing contacts and collaborations
with the project partners.

Financial Provisions
Monthly living allowance: gross amount Euro
34.189,74 per year (cost for the administration—social
charges and taxes included Euro 40.508,00 per year).
Monthly mobility allowance of 700-1000 Euro:
depending on the family situation of the researcher (it is
a flat rate allowance to cover expenses linked to the
personal household). The ‘host institution’ will apply to
the mobility allowance the same taxation principles as
on remuneration.
Coverage of the expenses related to the participation
of the ESR in research and training activities
(contribution to research-related costs, meetings,
conference attendance, training actions, etc.).
Duration of contract: 36 months, starting on September
01, 2014.

Eligibility constraint to apply to the call, the following
requirements are mandatory:
• a four- or five-year degree in Computer Science
awarded by an Italian university or a title obtained
abroad which has been recognised as equivalent to
the mentioned Italian degree;
• a professional-scientific CV relevant to the research
program;
• at least two recommendation letters;
• written and oral knowledge of the English language
(professional level);
• the student must not have resided or carried out
his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the
country of his/her host organization (Italy) for more
than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to
his/her recruitment.

Mobility constraint:
• a period of 4 months at the Agencia Estatal Consejo
Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC)—
Spain.
• a period of 6 months at the Ingegneria Informatica
S.p.a. (ENG)—Italy.

How to apply: please fill in the pre-application at:
www.essence-network.eu

About Trento: Trento (http://www.apt.trento.it/) is a
small vibrant city (around 100K people) with a
beautifully preserved historic centre, situated in the
middle of the Dolomites. It is consistently ranked at the
top in Italy for quality of life. Thanks to its fortunate
location, Trento offers a wide variety of cultural and
sports opportunities all year around, as well as
excellent food and wine.

Further information:
Fausto Giunchiglia, fausto at disi.unitn.it


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