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PhD position in "Users in Social Communities" at UNIK

deadline 12. May 2008

UNIK offers one position of 3 years duration in the area of "Users in Social Communities"

Managing social communities and conducting communication with the members of these communities are some of the key challenges in future personalized service access scenarios. The social communities are comprised of various social groups based on one's preferences, tastes, interests. Ubiquitous computing and pervasive Internet have enabled access to diverse service world in every situation. People now create own social groups and become member of many such groups in the digital world. Managing such groups and sharing resources like documents, photos, videos etc. with members of numerous social groups is currently hampered due to complex document ownership handling.

Establishing user profiles, handling user preferences and access rights to user and community content is a challenging task which will be addressed in this PhD research. The introduction of semantics and the representations in .rdf and .xml allows describing user preferences and relations to characterize the social context of a person. Linking these user preferences and relations to the service world described by the Semantic Web and Semantic Web Services will be the final challenge.

Envisaged tasks:

  • Theoretical:
    • Establish models for describing preferences and group memberships through user profiles
    • Establish mechanisms for access rights to documents and services based on the user profile and the membership in communities
  • Implementation: establish semantically supported communities and user preferences
  • Demo: establish service access
  • Introduction to social communities (.pdf)Δ

General information

The research is performed in the context of the European ITEA WellCom project, which is financed in part by the Norwegian Research Council. You will work together in a team with international project participants, project participants from Telenor, UniK students and researchers.

The work will be conducted in the Communication Group at UNIK (Kjeller, Norway). As a PhD researcher at UNIK you will have the opportunity to work in an exciting internal environment with close contact to Research Institutes and Industry. UNIK has just the right size to be flexible enough to support individual wishes, has own parking spaces and reasonable bus connections to Oslo and Lillestr°m. An own fitness area with sauna allows for a work-out whenever you feel like. For more information see Working at UNIK

Salary is after the rules from the state. The application (norwegian or english) should contain

  1. CV including names and contact information of two references
  2. List of publications (if applicable)
  3. Transcript of records for both the MSc and the BSc
  4. Summary and status of our master thesis
  5. A statement from you indicating your ideas and interests in this topic

We prefer electronic submission to: , but you may send your your application by postal services to UNIK, Boks 70, 2027 Kjeller, Norway. Mark your application with "Social Community". Deadline 12. May 2008.

For further information, please contact:
Elin Sundby Boysen, UNIK, mobil: +47 9181 8004,
Josef Noll, UNIK, mobil: +47 9083 8066,

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