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The Services for Information Society Research Group ( offer 

We seek a highly motivated candidate to work in user-oriented assistance to access services in the cloud. A pre-doctoral position (FPI Grant) funded by MICINN (Spanish Government) is available. The position is associated to the project “CLOUDIA: Social ecosystem for the ubiquitous and personalized provision of services in the cloud”, and will be based at University of Vigo (Vigo, Spain).

The Services for Information Society Research Group (SSI) at the University of Vigo is integrated in the Department of Telematics Engineering (DET). This group has proven experience in IDTV research and development (inter-operable Set-Top Boxes according to MHP, applications, etc.). During the last years, the research work of the group has been oriented to the development of transversal methodologies for personalization, recommendation and adaptation of contents, based on semantic technologies. In this field the group has taken part and directed pilot projects for the construction of personalized services on different domains of application as tourism, advertising, and audiovisual and educational contents. More recently, the interest of the group is also focused on the combination of the potential of semantic reasoning methodologies and those of social collaboration derived from Web 2.0 technologies. These research lines have been founded through contracts with companies and especially through research projects obtained in competitive tendering processes from the Xunta de Galicia, the National R&D Plan of the Ministry of Science and Innovation, programs PROFIT and AVANZA of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce and several programs of the European Union.

Applicants should be university students (both Spanish and foreign, who belong to member states or not) who are in possession of a degree or fulfill all the requirements in order to access third cycle education or Official Postgraduate studies obtained after 1st January 2007. According to the research field, we are looking for University degrees in Information Technologies (Informatics, Telecommunications, Computer Science, …). Qualifications obtained in foreign Universities must be validated or officially recognized at the time of submission. A good command of English is required.

See CONDITIONS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS in Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación at (Programa nacional de formación de Recursos Humanos, Subprograma de Formación de Personal Investigador).

The work will be developed in the ETSI Telecommunication of the University of Vigo. The position is available for four years starting August/October 2011, and salary is about 1,200€ (gross) per month during the first two years and over 16,500€ (gross) per year over years 3 and 4. In addition, the candidate will be able to apply for travel and subsistence for short stays (2-6 months per year) in other research centers. The successful candidate should be able to conduct a PhD over this period, and will be in charge of a part of the tasks included in the MICINN project. For obvious reasons, the theme of the PhD should be closely related to topics considered in the project (see abstract below). If necessary, selected candidates will be asked for an interview.

See CONDITIONS AND FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS in Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación at (Programa nacional de formación de Recursos Humanos, Subprograma de Formación de Personal Investigador).

The concept of cloud computing arose as an evident consequence, on the one hand, of the progressive price reduction of consumer electronic devices with computing capabilities (from mobile phones to netbooks and nettops) and, on the other hand, of the growing availability of broadband connectivity. Even though the initial goal was to enable the users to access their documents and applications from anywhere and using whichever device as a lightweight client, the paradigm is evolving towards the so-called Everything as a Service (EaaS or XaaS) trend, where the cloud will host an unprecedently wide spectrum of resources that will appear as high granularity services to be composed in a flexible manner. The trend may seem unstoppable, but it will be necessary to provide satisfactory answers to the problems of finding and composing suitable services for each individual user, and also to detect new business opportunities over the Internet. Advances in this regard should be coupled with another revolutionary phenomenon underway, namely the outburst of the Web 2.0 technologies that are provoking a socialization of the network through the active participation and involvement of the users.
The current project proposal is situated in this framework, with the ultimate goal of defining a suitable ecosystem to assist the users in finding existing services in the cloud to satisfy their specific needs, and also to detect and cater for new business opportunities in the form of services demanded but not existing as a unique whole. To this aim, we plan to take advantage of the information stored in the different social networks in which the users may participate, thus enhancing the effectiveness of the search procedures. Among others, it will be necessary to tackle the following questions related to the following aspects: a) characterizing both the users and the services to recommend from the information existing in social networks; b) defining suitable reasoning mechanisms to carry out the proposed recommendation procedures; c) defining strategies to offer new services through the automatic composition of existing ones; and d) improving access to the services by the users, ensuring their availability and offering the mechanisms needed to use them from anywhere and using any capable electronic device.
The CLOUDIA project has been conceived in response to the challenges and opportunities that the paradigm of cloud computing entails for all the actors involved in the provision of services. Thus, service providers will see how the search for new niches and the provision and advertising of services is accomplished in an easier and more straightforward manner; the traditional users will no longer have to worry as much as they do now about locating services of their interests, as long as they will be automatically proposed to them; finally, the most active users and those who have interest in doing business in the cloud will find it easy to become service providers, not needing investments or advanced technological background to offer and publicize what they know or what they do. In sum, the solution pursued in CLOUDIA implies the socialization of the access to and the provision of services in the cloud, plus personalized guidance for both consumers and providers in any areas of application.

If you are interested in this position, please send your application letter including detailed curriculum vitae (preferably in pdf) to Ana Fernández Vilas ([log in to unmask]).

   Ana Fernández Vilas
   Grupo SSI, Dept. Ingeniería Telemática
   Universidad de Vigo

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