The Gran Sasso Science Institute (GSSI, offers 4 PhD positions in Computer Science for the academic year 2017/18.

The fellowships are awarded for three years and their yearly amount is € 16,159.91 gross. All PhD students have free accommodation at the GSSI facilities and use of the canteen.

The application must be submitted through the online form available at by September 18, 2017 at 18.00 (Italian time zone).

For more information, please consult the Call for Applications at or write an email to or call +39 0862 4280262.

Information of Computer Science research at the GSSI may be found at

Keywords: dynamic information retrieval, task-based retrieval, user models, user studies, knowledge representation, statistical graphical modelling
Duration: 14 months
Start date: 1 October 2017 (or later this year)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate post at University College London's Media Futures Group.


---------------------------- What we’re looking for -----------------------------


We are seeking a full-time postdoctoral researcher to join the Media Futures Group in the Department of Computer Science. This 14 month post will be funded by InnovateUK 's Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for the project "Dynamic Information Retrieval for Digital Autonomous Workflow based web search" under the supervision of Prof Jun Wang and Dr Marc Sloan from our industrial collaborator Context Scout. Following completion of the project there will be an opportunity to join Context Scout as a full-time employee.


A PhD  (or near completion) in the areas of information retrieval, human computer interactions, and data mining, or related areas.  Experience with running user studies and modelling user interactions is essential. Candidates should also have a strong engineering and data science background.


You must be:
  • Proficient in scientific Python (Numpy, SciPy, Pandas etc), Javascript (React, jQuery), HTML, CSS, Django, AWS or Google Cloud Platform, Neo4J
  • Experienced in working with Chrome extensions or some web development is desirable
  • Knowledgeable about statistical modelling, graphical modelling and machine learning
  • A published author of academic articles


----------------------------- What you will be responsible for -----------------------------


You will be responsible for evaluating task-based information seeking behaviours using different information finding tools. You will develop a framework for collecting data on a live information finding prototype, build models for interpreting the data and run evaluations measuring the success of the users of the tools. You will design and run user studies in order to confirm your model hypotheses and  understand the search behaviours of users. You will publish the results of your research at top tier information retrieval venues.


In this role, you will work closely with our commercial partner on:
- a literature review and assessment of current task based information retrieval paradigms and assessment mechanisms
- a design for user studies
- the design and implementation of infrastructure for user data collection
- building a user model from the data
- analysing experimental results from the collected data
- publishing and presenting original research at top venues


-----------------------------Context Scout’s Mission -----------------------------


Context Scout aims to be what comes after web search.


We all know web search to be a fundamental tool for using the internet. For most of us, the first thing we do when we start our computers is to fire up our web browsers and type something into a search engine. That first search is our entry-point to the world wide web, the beginning of whatever task we’re about to do, the first action in the sequence of page reads, clicks, copies and pastes, scrolls, form submissions and other behaviour that make up 79% of the time we spend online. Search engines are an amazing technology for getting you started on the web, but once you’ve clicked on one of those blue links then you’re on your own.


Our technology follows on from where web search ends. By forming an understanding of your task Context Scout actively assists and aids towards completion. We aim to revolutionise the way every single online user utilises the world wide web - from the holiday booker to the financial analyst. The search engine handles the first 21% of information finding, we handle the rest.


----------------------------- What we offer -----------------------------


An exciting project working at the forefront of search technology with one of the top information retrieval labs in the UK and a rapidly growing, venture backed start-up based in London.


More information:
For more details about the positions, please contact Jun Wang and Marc Sloan, or alternatively, Jun Wang will be in attendance at SIGIR in Tokyo

Dottorato di Ricerca in Informatica e Matematica - XXXIII Ciclo Università
degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro

Scadenza presentazione domande di ammissione:
ore 12.00 del 5 settembre 2017

Il bando prevede:
- 6 posti con borsa finanziate dall'Università di Bari. Su 2 di queste borse
hanno la priorità candidati in possesso di titolo conseguito all'estero, per
i quali e' prevista una diversa procedura di ammissione

- 2 posti con contratto di apprendistato di alta formazione da parte di
Exprivia S.p.A sui seguenti temi di ricerca:
1) Modelli ed Architetture Software per Smart Data Analytics
2) Cyber Security in Complex Systems

Borse aggiuntive a caratterizzazione industriale per gli idonei in
graduatoria verranno rese disponibili successivamente.

Il bando e ulteriori informazioni sono disponibili al sito del dottorato

Dear Colleagues,
this is to let you know that the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy) has already opened a call for recruiting 8 new PhD students that will do research in various fields of the ICT area.
A scholarship, funded by the Italian government, will be provided to each of the best 6 applicants. The call is available at
Further details about possible research topics are available on the web site of the Doctoral School in ICT,
If you know good students potentially interested in applying for a position in our PhD programme, could you please forward them these information?
If you need further information about the Doctoral School, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Thanks a lot again for your help.
Best regards,
Domenico Beneventano 
Department of Engineering  "Enzo Ferrari"
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

IEEE Computer Society Italy Section Chapter 2016 PhD Thesis Award

The IEEE Computer Society Italy Section Chapter recognizes
distinguished work by young researchers in the field of Computer
Science and Engineering through presentation of an Award for the
best PhD Thesis defended in an Italian University in 2016.
The Award consists in an honorarium of 500 Euro and a Certificate.

For the year 2016 one award will be presented.

Only candidates with the following requisites are eligible for
the award:
* be a Member of IEEE Computer Society
* have completed the Doctoral Program in an Italian University,
and defended the Thesis in 2016

Candidates must send their application by February 28, 2017
together with:
* Name and email address of the candidate
* Self-certification of IEEE Computer Society membership with
member number
* Title of the Ph.D. Thesis
* Name of the Ph.D. Thesis Advisor and his/her contact email address
* Name of the University and of the Ph.D. program where the Ph.D.
has been acquired
* Date of final defence
* Electronic copy in pdf format of the Ph.D. Thesis
* Electronic copy in pdf format of a 1-page Summary of the
contribution of the Ph.D. Thesis
* List of the publications co-authored by the candidate resulting
from the thesis, if any
* Electronic copy in pdf format of the publications co-authored
by the candidate concerning the doctoral topic, if any
* Curriculum Vitae listing educational background, positions held,
awards of the candidate
* A presentation letter by the PhD. Thesis Advisor

All documents must be sent in electronic format by e-mail to with subject "Application for 2016 PhD Thesis
<family name of the candidate>"

The thesis will be evaluated by a Board of Experts in Computer
Science and Engineering designated by the IEEE Computer Society Italy
Section Chapter. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by
April 30, 2017.
The award will be presented at the 3rd International Forum
on Research and Technologies for Society and Industry (RTSI 2017),
which will be held in Modena on September 11-13, 2017.
All the decisions of the Board are final.

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