• VACANCIES: 1 Researcher
  • CLOSING DATE: 16 June 2006
  • START DATE: September 2006

    Research profile:

    Applications are invited for the position of post doctoral researcher/research associate on the EPSRC funded project Evolutionary ontologies for open agent environments.
    The successful applicant will be expected to contribute significantly to the research of the project, the development of implemented tools, and to disseminate the work as high-quality research papers. Knowledge, skills and experience listed below are highly desirable:

    Project description:

    This project aims to support ontology evolution and adaptation in dynamic, distributed social environments, where software agents and their ontologies are not considered in isolation, but within the social fabric determined by their interactions. In this context, we need to provide knowledge representation mechanisms that support this process of evolution, adaptation, and consensus agreement, and consider them embedded in social fabric of agent interactions. The project aims at investigating an evolutionary model of the ontology lifecycle determined by the communication needs of open, dynamic agent environments. The main goals are:

    Research environment:

    The Department of Computer Science at the University of Liverpool is a vibrant centre for research and teaching in Computer Science. Members of the Department are internationally renown internationally for their ongoing contributions to the theory and practice of Computing. Research is focused around three areas: Agent Applications, Research, and Technology (Agent ART), Complexity Theory and Algorithmics (the CTAG group) and Logic and Computation (LoCo). The department was rated 5 in the Research Assessment Exercise that took place in 2001. This project will be undertaken in the Agent ART group, that carries out basic and applied research into intelligent autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, and the Semantic Web.
    In April 2006, the Department of Computer Science was relocated to the Ashton Building, one of the historic buildings of the University of Liverpool, which has been extensively redesigned and redeveloped.

    The appointment will be on a fixed term contract for 36 months. The post is available from 1 September 2006, or a later date by negotiation.
    Salary: Up to 28,009 Pounds p.a.
    Informal enquiries: Dr. Valentina Tamma, email: V.A.M.Tamma@csc.liv.ac.uk