Aalborg University

Several PhD Positions

Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University in Denmark offers

several PhD Fellow vacancies for 3 years

expected to start on March 1 2008

with a deadline for applications on January 1 2008

In the context of interdisciplinary EU project KIWI: Knowledge in the Wiki under FP7 program for intelligent content and semantics.

Your research will focus on topics in the following areas:

  • advanced personalization techniques for semantic wikis
  • user and group modelling in semantic wikis
  • application of advanced reason maintenance and reasoning to user modelling and personalization
  • combining results of information extraction and semantic web technologies with personalization and user modelling
  • application and evaluation of semantic wikis for software project and development knowledge management

Project objectives:

The overall objective of the project KIWI is to develop an advanced knowledge management system (the ''KIWI system'') based on a semantic wiki. This system will support collaborative knowledge creation and sharing, and use semantic descriptions and reasoning as a means to intelligently author, change and deliver content. A particularly salient aspect of combining wikis with advanced semantic technologies is that the wiki still is a generic and flexible tool, but semantic technologies allow to provide specific support for the user based on domain, context, role, and experience.

The KIWI consortium brings together leading research groups (Salzburg Research Austria, Aalborg University Denmark, Brno University of Technology Czech Republic, LMU Munich Germany) in the areas of semantic wikis, reasoning, information extraction, personalisation, and knowledge management for software processes. These are matched by two large international corporations in knowledge intensive areas (Sun Microsystems and WM-data) that offer use cases demonstrating a clear need for the advanced knowledge management we envision in the project, and by the Semantic Web Company from Austria - a SME specialised in dissemination of semantic technologies to industry.

This ensures that after your phd training you will have a multidisciplinary background with focus on one or more areas mentioned above in your research. The topics are highly relevant for academia as well as industry thus extending your opportunity on the job market.


You must have an excellent master degree (or equivalent) in computer science or closely related field. You should posses good knowledge in one or several of the above mentioned areas as well as implementation and programming skills in Java and rule based languages. Good proficiency in English is expected. Danish language skills are useful but not mandatory.

Your main duties will be to perform research and programming within the project. You will be given an opportunity to develop your teaching skills as well. Your salary will be approximately 24 000 DKK before taxes (1EUR is approximately 7.5 DKK). You will work in a very social environment. Aalborg is a regional center of a very beautiful area with nice beaches and nature.

Further information on how to apply can be found at the following web site: http://stillinger.aau.dk/vis.php?nr=3746

Please send your application no later than January 1 2008.

As described at above mentioned web site, we will expect within your application usual documents such as cv, copies of your degree certificates, list of publications (if any), transcripts of your university study results, master thesis extended abstract as well as motivation letter containing suggestions how to approach the above mentioned area in the project.

For informal inquires please contact Peter Dolog: dolog [at] cs [dot] aau [dot] dk , tel: +45 9635 9974

Peter Dolog
You can contact me at dolog at cs dot aau dot dk