KRDB Research Centre
for Knowledge and Data

PhD opportunities

The faculty of Computer Science of the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy) offers regular openings for studentships for its PhD program. Up-to-date information about how to apply for the PhD program and the studentship - including deadlines and necessary documents - can be found in the faculty PhD web page and in the university PhD web page. The grant amounts roughly to 52,000 euro over the three years of the PhD. Substantial extra funding is available for participation to international conferences, schools and workshops. The faculty of Computer Science and its PhD program are entirely based on the English language.

Do not hesitate: get in contact!

The KRDB Research Centre for Knowledge and Data of the faculty of Computer Science invites applicants to the PhD program to get in touch with the research group, in order to have a better understanding of the possible research activities in which perspective students may be involved. Relevant research topics in the centre are the following:

The research activities in the KRDB research centre require good knowledge of Logic and of Foundations of Databases, and some knowledge of Artificial Intelligence and of Knowledge Representation.

To get in contact with the KRDB research centre, send an email to:
Dr. Alessandro Artale
Faculty of Computer Science
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano
Piazza Domenicani, 3
I-39100 Bolzano, Italy.
Phone: +39-0471-016-150
Fax: +39-0471-016-009.

The KRDB Centre

In recent years, knowledge and data base applications have progressively converged towards integrated technologies which try to overcome the limits of each single discipline. To be useful in realistic applications, a modern knowledge representation and reasoning system must be able to handle large data sets, and to provide expressive query languages. On the other hand, the information stored on the Web, in digital libraries, and in data warehouses is now very complex and with deep semantic structures, thus requiring more intelligent modelling languages and methodologies, and reasoning services on those complex representations to support design, management, flexible access, and integration.

The KRDB Research Centre was founded in 2002, and it now comprises 12 research staff and 8 PhD students. The centre aims at being an international centre of excellence in basic and applied research on KRDB technologies and at proposing to selected enterprises innovative ideas and technologies based on the developed research. The KRDB centre participated in national and international projects, it is currently involved in two European projects and three European Networks of Excellence, and it is member of the Advisory Committee of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). The international prestige of the centre is evidenced by the participation of its members as conference and PC chairs, editors of international journals, invited speakers at international events, and by their publication score in international journals and conferences.

W3C member