[PlanetKR] PhD / Postdoc position on constraint-based spatial reasoning, Freiburg (DE)

Stefan Woelfl woelfl at informatik.uni-freiburg.de
Sat Feb 19 10:13:20 EST 2011


1 PhD / Postdoctoral Position  

at the Transregional Collaborative Research Center 
SFB/TR 8 Spatial Cognition
(University of Bremen/University of Freiburg) 

Project R4-[LogoSpace] 
Constraint-based Reasoning in Qualitative Spatio-Temporal Calculi

Project Description
Reasoning about space is essential for a wide range of spatial tasks
such as the retrieval of information from spatial knowledge bases, the
reconstruction of information from incomplete data, the navigation in
known or unknown environments, or the manipulation of objects in real
world settings.  The project R4-[LogoSpace] develops and evaluates
constraint-based representation formalisms and algorithmic techniques
that are applicable for solving such spatial tasks.

More information on the project can be found at

Applicants should have expertise in computer science / artificial
intelligence and should hold a master or diploma degree in computer
science, mathematics, or a related field.  They should be committed to
interdisciplinary, team-based research and be fluent in spoken and
written English.  Strong programming skills and/or expertise in 
geographic information systems and/or strong mathematical training are

Ideally, an applicant will have background in more than one of the
following areas: knowledge representation and reasoning; complexity
theory; automated theorem proving; mathematical logics; geographic
information systems.

Additional training will be provided on the job.

Main Tasks

* Development and theoretic analysis of formal systems for the
representation of spatial information;

* Design and empirical evaluation of algorithms for reasoning tasks in
such formal systems;

* Application and evaluation of theoretic results in real world
testbeds (e.g., GIS, robotics);

* Preparation of articles for publication in scientific journals and
presentation of research results at international conferences.

If applicable, the successful applicant is expected to work on
obtaining a doctoral degree in the scope of this position.

Conditions of Employment
Salary is according to the German Federal pay scale (TV-L 13,
approx. EUR 34,000 p.a.).  The position is available at the 
University of Freiburg till the end of 2012 with the possibility of 
extension. The application deadline is 01/03/2011 or until a suitable 
candidate is found.

As the SFB/TR 8 intends to increase the proportion of female employees 
in science, women are particularly encouraged to apply. In case of equal 
personal aptitudes and qualification, disabled persons will be given 

Please address questions about the position and send your application
in electronic form (PDF) by email to: 
Stefan Woelfl  <woelfl at informatik.uni-freiburg.de>

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