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PhD Scholarships at IIIA-CSIC, Barcelona
The Artificial Intelligence Research Institute (IIIA) offers nine four-year PhD scholarships for students pursuing a fulltime PhD degree in Artificial Intelligence in the area of multiagent systems. More concretely the applicants will work on one or several of the following topics:
Normative systems,
Social choice,
Case-based reasoning,
Semantic alignment,
Electronic institutions,
Trust and reputation methods,
Negotiation and eProcurement.
The students will be integrated in a Spanish large project on ‘agreement technologies’ involving more than 50 researchers in computer science at IIIA-CSIC (Prof. Carles Sierra), Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (Prof. Vicent Botti) and University Rey Juan Carlos I (Prof. Sascha Ossowski).
The IIIA belongs to the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Spain’s largest public institution devoted to research and technological development. The IIIA is a leading research centre in Europe in the areas of multiagent systems (Prof. Carles Sierra), machine learning (Prof. Ramon López de Mántaras and Prof. Enric Plaza), and uncertainty reasoning (Prof. Francesc Esteva and Prof. Lluís Godo). It attracts funding from the European, Spanish, and Catalan governments and has substantial collaborative research projects with industry. The IIIA is located in the campus of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and leads the university’s master and doctoral studies in artificial intelligence.
Requirements
Candidates are required to have a high-quality degree in Computer Science (or have completed equivalent qualifications), have good communication skills in English, and be able to demonstrate strong motivation to conduct research. The candidates must be EU Nationals or otherwise have a residence and/or working permit in Spain.
Stipend
The annual salary is 16557EUR per year before taxes and includes health insurance. In addition, generous allowances are given to support presentation of work at international conferences and to attend seminars and tutorials. Scholarships are conditional on satisfactory progress, which is reviewed every year.
Start date
Start date is 1 November 2007 although it may be possible to start later depending on the candidates’ circumstances.
Application
Please fill out the web application form that you will find at http://www.iiia.csic.es/scholarship_offers.php (under
„Agreement Technologies”) with
• your personal data,
• a short statement, in English, of why you are interested in joining IIIA-CSIC,
• a preference for a research topic(s) from the introductory list, if any,
• contact information of one or two persons who are willing to provide confidential academic references.
At the same time you will be required to upload a zip-file containing, in PDF format,
• a complete CV,
• an academic transcript with grade point average,
• any relevant scientific publications, if applicable.
Closing date for application: 31 August 2007.
For further information visit our website at www.iiia.csic.es, or contact Professor Carles Sierra (sierra@iiia.csic.es