Saturday, June 27, 2009

PG Student Recruiting at HKUST

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is recruiting PhD students to start in Fall 2010. We are looking for outstanding undergraduate students as well as outstanding graduate students with master's degree with some research experience.

We are looking for postgraduate students in all areas in computer science and related areas, including but not limited to, artificial intelligence, data and knowledge management, networks and networking systems, software technologies, theoretical computer science and vision and graphics. We also encourage students interested in multi-disciplinary areas such as bioinformatics, risk management and business intelligence and computational finance. To find out more about us, please visit our CSE website at

Our department consists of outstanding faculty members and graduate students with over 40 faculty members and over 100 PhD students. Our medium of teaching and research is English. Besides having a strong publication track record, our faculty and students are among the first to develop advanced and popular P2P systems, industry standards on RFID and sensor networks,
computer graphics and vision systems, large-scale data mining and machine learning systems for Web search, GPU and parallel computing for database query processing, to name a few.

After getting their PhDs, our students find jobs in worldwide research labs such as Microsoft Research, Google, IBM and top universities in Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong. A student who has a master's degree is expected to graduate with a PhD in 3 years, and an undergraduate degree to graduate in 4 years.

Starting in 2010, we are particularly happy to offer the prestigious Hong Kong PHD Fellowship of HK$20,000 (~USD 2,580) per month, plus a travel allowance of HK$10,000 (~USD 1,290) for three years. Exceptionally qualified PhD applicants (top 10% in class, >85% GPA, excellent English command) are welcome to contact potential faculty supervisors and apply by Dec 1, 2009. This fellowship award is offered centrally by University Grant Council of Hong Kong.

We also offer a large number of postgraduate research studentship awards at HK$156,000 per year (~USD 20,000/year) . Our admission requirement for English is one of recent TOEFL(cbt)>= 580, IELTS>=7, or TOEFL(ibt)>= 92 by the time you enter HKUST. Applicants can send application material to our PG program at any time, but preferably before March 15, 2010. More information is available at, or write: pgadmin@cse.

You can learn more about our Postgraduate Programs at ( http://www.cse. and see where our PhD graduates go at ( http://www.cse. ourgraduates/).

Thursday, June 25, 2009

PhD Studentships in Computing at Napier University

PhD Studentships
Centre for Informatics Research
School of Computing
Edinburgh Napier University

Applications are invited for a number of funded three-year PhD studentships within the Centre for Informatics Research. The studentships will cover tuition fees to home/EU level, with the possibility of a standard living allowance (stipend), currently £13,290 per annum for 2009/10 becoming available. Overseas students are eligible to apply, but will be liable to pay the difference between home/EU and overseas fees. Note that fees are subject to change annually throughout the programme of study. The studentship is expected to start on 01 October 2009.
The Centre for Informatics Research contains a number of research centres and undertakes research across a broad range of areas in computing and informatics. These include: bioinformatics; computer security and digital forensics; data mining; e-Democracy and e-Government; e-Health; emergent computing (optimisation, computer games & information retrieval); human-computer interaction; information society; information visualization; interaction design; knowledge management; mobile and distributed computing; pervasive adaptation; social informatics; and software reuse. Details of the research areas and research centres can be found at http://www.cir. soc.napier.

Applicants should hold a First Class or Upper Second Class Honours, or Masters, degree in a discipline relevant to the area of study. Applicants should submit a clear proposal for their research programme that demonstrates an understanding of the background to the area and outlines the questions that the applicant is interested in researching. Candidates whose first language is not English must meet the University's English language requirements.

An application form (RD1 form) and more general details on research can be found at http://www.napier. prospectiveresea rchstudents/ Pages/Applicatio ns%20and% 20studentships. aspx

Please send all formal applications, a research proposal, a CV and a completed "Supplementary Personal Information Form" and "Tuition Fee Classification Questionnaire" 01 August 2009 to:

Caroline Graham, Research Office, Edinburgh Napier University, Room 423, Craighouse Campus, Edinburgh, EH10 5LG

Email: c.graham@napier.

Phone:0131 455 6132

Informal enquiries can be made to Michael Smyth, Reader, m.smyth@napier., Phone: 0131 455 6132

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PhD studentship at Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robot

PhD studentship available at Institute of Intelligent Systems and Robotics
University of Paris 6 (

The position is available within the framework an interdisciplinary project HuPer and Lunettes Intelligentes on "Cognitive navigation in space ; application to design of mobility assistance for visually impaired". Cooperation with London University (professor Steve Maybank).
Project summary. ISIR (Institute of Intelligent Systems & Robotics) (former Laboratoire de
Robotique de Paris,) of Paris 6 University studies neuro-cognitive human-space interaction in order to design and realize prototypes of intelligent systems, robotics and mechatronics systems, highly autonomous and/or able to assist healthy and handicapped (especially visually impaired), in performing everyday life tasks. The provision of autonomous mobility for the visually impaired is a difficult but important societal problem. Solutions based on GPS and a digital map of the environment are not suitable because of the low, 10m, precision of GPS, poor satellite
signal reception in urban areas and indoors, and the difficulty of responding to changes in the environment. Artificial vision in the form of SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) provides a satisfactory solution for autonomous mobile robots. However, SLAM is not suitable for assisting the visually impaired, because human navigation is far more complex than that of a mobile robot. Human navigation leads to the definition of natural visual SLAM (SLAM-VN). SLAM-VN is a simulation of the visual perception-motion loop, including feedback from inertial
sensors to the imaging system, in analogy with the human vestibulo-ocular feedback.

This should reinforce the robustness of classical stereovision systems and solve the problem of the spatio-temporal instabilities caused by uneven ground and by sudden and unpredictable human movements. This thesis aims to define precisely the concept of SLAM-VN and model it in
hardware and software. We will use the ISIR convergent stereovision system to which we will add an inertial system, which will play the role analogous to the human vestibular system. The combined system is named intelligent glasses (IG). One of challenges of the IG system is the
correct synchronization and fusion of the visual information and the inertial information. The information about the environment obtained by SLAM-VN will be used for object recognition and tracking, and obstacle detection.

The Fisher-Rao metric will be used to quantify the accuracy with which the objects and obstacles can be described. This will lead to the design of new vision processing algorithms, never investigated before. 3D object localization (precision of ~ 0.5 m) will be established via
RANSAC type algorithms. Object tracking will use a classical approach such as a particle filter. The SLAM-VN model will be validated by experiments, including navigation in real environments by both the visually impaired and by the robot iCUB (European humanoid robotic platform of ISIR laboratory). The interface for visually impaired will include a touch stimulating interface upon which obstacles will be displayed Key words: visual perception, stereo, inertial data, data fusion, localization, object recognition, Fisher-Rao metric, RANSAC, particle filter,visually impaired mobility assistance
  • Starting date: October 2009
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Required education: Master in Computer Science, or Robotics, or Intelligent Systems, or Cognitive Science, or Human/animal Physiology/Biology obtained in 2009 in a European Union University;
  • Be 26 year old or less
  • Required skills: Programming in C and C++; good level of written/spokenEnglish (French not required)
  • Experience/studies in computer vision, image processing, robotics, VLSI is an advantage.
  • The successful candidate will be hired as PhD student and receive Ministry of Education scholarship with social benefits.
Deadline for application : June 28, 2009 (first preslection) , July 2st (final application)

If interested, please post, e-mail (pdf format only), or fax:
for preselection
  1. C.V.
  2. Copy of original study certificates with list of exams, grades, and scale (indicate min, max, and pass threshold) for Master
  3. Copy of international publications, if any (max 3)
For final application
  1. C.V.
  2. Motivation letter (career plan, motivation for PhD, statement of research interest)
  3. Copy of original study certificates with list of exams, grades, and scale (indicate min, max, and pass threshold) for Master
  4. Contact addresses of two reference persons
  5. Copy of international publications, if any (max 3)

Prof. Edwige Pissaloux
Université Paris 6
Contact : Edwige.Pissaloux@
Fax : + 33 2 32 10 69 90

Given the high number of applications and enquiries, further information can be provided only to applicants who have submitted all items listed above.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

8 Erasmus Mundus Scholarships 2010 in Robotics

16 Erasmus-Mundus Studentships
Computer Vision and Robotics

Applications are currently being considered for 16 fully funded scholarships (fees and stipend for 8 EU and 8 non-EU students) on the prestigious 2-year Erasmus-Mundus European Masters programme on Computer Vision and Robotics (VIBOT) between Heriot Watt University (UK), the Universite de Bourgogne (France) and the Universitat de Girona (Spain).
VIBOT is one of the European Union`s flagship Erasmus-Mundus courses. The key aim of VIBOT is to produce the next generation of leading engineering researchers to solve important future challenges in a broad range of engineering applications. Starting from a comprehensive coverage of the prerequisites in the field of digital imagery and basic image processing, the students will cover at specialized level all subjects of artificial vision applied to robotics, medical imagery and 3D vision.

This Masters programme will provide an unrivalled knowledge in computer vision and robotics applied to industrial problems and medical imagery. Moreover, the students will have also acquired a mobility, a broadmindedness and the language skills which constitute, in an age of globalization, a major asset for finding research work either in a public laboratory or in a private company.

VIBOT encompasses a broad spectrum of scientific and engineering research from fundamental theoretical results to applied engineering solutions that have strong industrial relevance. Individuals within the VIBOT research network are leading authorities on areas ranging from computer vision, autonomous vehicles, statistical signal processing, robotics and image processing.

The Masters candidates will experience research cultures in three different European countries and will be able to draw on the expertise from leading experts in different disciplines and different nationalities. The students spend the first semester in Scotland, the second in Spain and the third in France. The fourth semester is reserved for the 5-month Masters research project at one of the host universities or in industry.

Selection Criteria
Admission to VIBOT is highly competitive and based on academic excellence. Applicants should have a minimum of a BSc degree in computer science, electrical engineering, physics or mathematics. The VIBOT research programme is intended for top level non-EU and EU students with a fluent knowledge in spoken and written English (TOEFL 550). Applicants are expected to provide a statement of their research interests and motivation.

Further information and application procedure can be found at:
Closing date: 15th January 2010

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

PhD di UAE


The United Arab Emirates University announces the establishment of a new Ph.D. program for qualified Emiratis and a number of expatriate students. The program will begin Fall 2009 and it is anticipated that up to 20 students will be admitted this first year.

1. All Ph. D. students must be full time students.
2. All Ph.D. students will be supported by a scholarship that will include:

a. A monthly tax free stipend of 10,000 AED
b. University provided furnished housing
c. Health insurance for student, spouse and up to three children
d. Textbooks will be provided
e. Annual round trip air tickets to home country for student, spouse and up
to three children(for expatriate students)

3. Tuition will be charged for the Ph.D. program on a credit hour basis and
all admitted students will be eligible to receive sponsorships of tuition.
Students admitted to the Ph.D. program who do not receive external
sponsorships will be eligible for University sponsorship of tuition charges.

4. The expected duration of the Ph.D. program will be 3-4 years post
Bachelor's degree or 2-3 years post Master's degree

5. The program will consist of at least one year's graduate level course
work, passing of a qualifying examination and successful completion of a

6. The exact nature of a Ph.D. students' program will be prepared by the
host department and approved by the Board of Graduate Research Studies.

7. Fields available for study include all areas currently presented by the
faculties and colleges at UAEU. Discipline field names will be used such as
chemical engineering, physics, history, etc.


1. Minimum GPA Expectation:

a. If post Bachelor degree entry - 3.5 out of 4.0 for final 60 credit hours
b. If post Master's degree entry - 3.5 out of 4.0 for Masters Course work.

2. Minimum TOEFL score - 575 expected

3. GRE scores will be considered; GMAT scores for Business will be
considered. These scores are not required but will strengthen the

4. Two letters of recommendation are required

5. After receipt of the completed application form and supporting
information as outlined in the next section, an application proposal will be
prepared by host department and will require the approval of the department
chair and college dean. This proposal will include a statement of personal
goals from the candidate and a description of the proposal program of work.

6. The proposal will be considered by the Board of Graduate Research Studies
and a recommendation made to the Provost who will make the final decision as
to acceptance into the program.

7. Each of the following will be considered in reaching a decision whether
or not to approve enrollment and the proposed course of study:

a. Candidates suitability, academic achievements and potential
b. Suitability and research record of supervisor and, if applicable,
co-supervisor( s)
c. Suitability and research record of thesis advisory committee membership
d. Department facilities or their equivalent
e. Proposed coursework, including learning outcome goals
f. Proposed thesis topic or general area of research(exact topic may be
approved later)
g. Eligibility and admission to the Ph.D. program are independent of the
applicant's tuition sponsorship.


1. Candidate must complete and submit the online application form that may
be found at ae/PhD

2. Candidate must have official transcripts of all university work sent
directly from the appropriate universities to Office of Admissions, UAE
University, P.O. Box 17555, United Arab Emirates(use of express mail

3. Official score reports of the TOEFL, (GRE and/or GMAT) should be sent to:
Office of Admissions, UAE University, P.O. Box 17555, United Arab Emirates.

4. Two letters of recommendation should be sent to UAE University, P.O. Box
17555, Office of Admissions, United Arab Emirates.

5. Selected candidates may be invited to UAEU for an interview. Some
candidates may be interviewed via a video conferencing system.

6. Applicants are urged to contact the college and/or the department in
which they would like to study and discuss their application.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the following individuals for further
information about specific areas:

. College of Business and Economics
Professor David Graf, Dean ae

. College of Education
Dr. Abdulla Al-Za'abi Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

. College of Engineering
Dr. Ali Almarzouqi, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

. College of Law
Dr. Shadi Murtada

. College Humanities and Social Sciences
Dr. Ateeq Jakka, Assistant Dean for Research

. College of Science
Dr. Abdulmajeed Saif M. Al-Khajah, Assistant Dean for Research

. College of Food and Agriculture
Professor Ghaleb Hadrami, Dean

. College of Information Technology
Dr. Boumediene Belkhouche, Associate Dean

. College of Medicine
Prof. Mohamed Yousef Hasan, Vice Dean

Alao Abdur-Rasheed
Mechanical Engineering Department
King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals
Dhahran 31261
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

http://www.uaeu. here/docs/ phd/20090610_ phd_important_ information

Postdoctoral Positions and Graduate Fellowships Available

Dr. Qihua Xiong won 2nd batch Singapore National Research Foundation Research Fellowship (NRF-RF) and recently joined Nanyang Technological University as a Nanyang Assistant Professor. With a strong support from both NRF and NTU, Dr. Xiong is expecting to establish a vibrant group dedicated into the research in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Dr. Xiong finished his B.Sc. degree in Physics at Wuhan University in 1997. After obtained his M.Sc. degree in physics from Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 2000, he went to United States of America to pursue his Ph.D. research. In 2006, he received his Ph.D. degree in materials science at The Pennsylvania State University under the supervision of Professor Peter Eklund. His Ph.D. research covers from fundamental physical properties especially phonon properties of semiconductor nanowires, to nanomechanical properties and twinning superlattices in nanowires. He joined Professor Charles Lieber laboratory at Harvard as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2006. During his postdoctoral training, he has extended his research to include nanoelectronics and nanoelectronic devices for single molecule biosensing.
Dr. Xiong received several awards and fellowships during his graduate and undergraduate studies, including Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) fellowship (DOE and NSF, 2006), Graduate Award for Academic Excellence (The Pennsylvania State University, 2006), Excellent Graduate Fellowship Award (1998 and 1999, CAS), Hui Kai Fellowship Award (Wuhan University, 1996), Gui Zhiting-Xu Hailan Fellowship Award (Wuhan University, 1995) and Outstanding Student Award (Wuhan University, 1994).

Dr. Xiong's group is seeking strongly motivated postdoctoral research fellows to carry out a multi-million dollar project (funded by Singapore National Research Foundation and Nanyang Technological University), which is on the cutting-edge research in nanomaterials, nanoelectronics, energy and nanoelectronic- bio interface for single molecule biosensing. Due to the highly interdisciplinary nature of the project, candidates with a Ph.D. degree in experimental condensed matter physics, electronic engineering, chemistry (physical or polymer), biochemistry and biophysics are all encouraged to apply. Annual salary ranges from S$ 36,000-60,000, depending on qualification. Starting date is flexible and multiple positions are available.
We also keep hiring Ph.D. students with full scholarships support, undergraduate students who want to expand their horizon. For perspective Ph.D. students, please be advised that TOEFL and GRE scores are recommended but NOT required. Applicants can take equivalent English test organized by the school. Interested candidates from Physics, Chemistry, Biological, MatSE or EE should contact Dr. Qihua Xiong with their CVs. We are looking for highly passionate young students who are willing to devote themselves in the world-wide ambition and enterprise of nanotechnology. A master's degree or demonstrated research experience in undergraduate is a plus.
Dr. Qihua Xiong
Tel: (65)-6513 8495
Mailing Address:
Nanyang Technological University
Division of Physics and Applied Physics
School of Physical & Mathematical Sciences
21 Nanyang Link, SPMS-PAP-04- 14
Singapore 637371

Monday, June 22, 2009

540 PhD Scholarships, Univ of Rome 1-La Sapienza, Italy

Corsi di dottorato di ricerca - XXV ciclo

E' istituito il XXV ciclo per i Dottorati di Ricerca. Sono indetti pubblici concorsi per esami per l'ammissione ai corsi di Dottorato di Ricerca istituiti che si elencano nel bando con l'indicazione della struttura di afferenza, del numero dei posti messi a concorso, del numero delle borse di studio disponibili e, in alcuni casi, del calendario delle prove concorsuali. Tutti i Corsi di Dottorato hanno durata triennale. Si evidenzia che, in linea con le recenti indicazioni ministeriali, con la finalità di realizzare una migliore organizzazione del terzo livello di formazione universitaria, sono, altresì, istituite le Scuole di Dottorato che raccolgono al loro interno e organizzano alcuni Corsi di Dottorato. Nella elencazione dei Corsi di Dottorato, di seguito riportata, è indicata anche la denominazione della Scuola di appartenenza, laddove prevista. bando [238KB] - Allegato A [19KB]
... dottorati/XXV_allA.pdf

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2010

Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2010

University of Sydney
New South Wales, Australia

New Postdoctoral Fellowships are being offered to attract outstanding researchers within 2-6 years from the award of their PhD to conduct full-time research in any of the schools and departments at the University of Sydney.

These will be available from January 2010 for a maximum duration of 3 years, with a starting salary of A$76,097 and a research support grant of A$25,000.

Applications close: 11 September 2009.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants must contact the head of the host school/department before 7 August 2009.

For eligibility and application details see au/research/ fellowships

Contact Jane Zhang for more information
Tel: (+61 2) 8627 8103
Email: j.zhang@usyd. au

PhD student Systems Biology of Yield

-- PhD student Systems Biology of Yield --

Job description:
For our group, we are looking for enthusiastic PhD students in bioinformatics/ systems biology. You will be involved in a project which is highly complementary to ongoing research in the group, where microarray, proteomics and interaction data related to growth control is generated. You will be responsible for the application and development of computational methods to analyze and integrate these data. You will collaborate with both experimental and computational biologists to obtain a systems-level understanding of leaf growth ( groups/systems- biology-of- yield-group).

  • You have a degree in Bioinformatics, Informatics or in Biotechnology/ Biochemistry/ Bioengineering.
  • You have a good knowledge/experienc e in programming (Perl, R, Java and/or C++).
  • You have knowledge or experience with databases (mySQL).
  • You have an interest in web design (PHP).
  • You speak English fluently.
  • You have good communication skills. You are a team player. You are independent and like to take initiative. You are flexible.
We offer a contract of 2 years, within University Gent, with the possibility of prolongation.
We offer a diverse job in a young team, an open and informal work atmosphere and in modern facilities. The Department of Plant Systems Biology, VIB, University Gent (www.psb.ugent. be) is an internationally renowned and dynamic research institute that employs molecular genetics, genomics and bioinformatics to unravel developmental processes in plants and is led by Prof. Dirk Inzé.

Start date: as soon as possible, the position remains vacant until a suitable candidate is found.

Information: Further information can be obtained by contacting Stefanie De Bodt (stefanie.debodt@psb.ugent. be)
Application: Send your letter of motivation, your CV and if possible references to:
Hilde Diegenant
Department of Plant Systems Biology
Technologiepark 927
9052 Gent
Tel: +32 93313806

or through email to hilde.diegenant@psb.ugent. be

PhD student: A systems analysis of rodent animal models of human disease

PhD student: A systems analysis of rodent animal models of human disease

Function title PhD student Where Bioinformatics Laboratory, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam Apply before July 15, 2009 Project Model organisms have been essential for improving our knowledge of human disease. Especially rodents, mainly mouse and rat, are often used for this purpose, as well as for pre-clinical trials of new drugs and toxicology screens.

However, often animal models fail to mimic human disease adequately. As a consequence drugs successfully tested in animal models fail in costly clinical trials or are falsely discarded. Goal of this project is to explore the suitability of rodents as a model organism for human disease, specifically metabolic syndrome. Since metabolic syndrome is a complex multifactorial group of metabolic conditions, a systems approach will be taken to uncover the molecular networks perturbed by disease.

Specifically, we aim to validate the similarity of a large number of rodent models for metabolic syndrome to their human counterparts. The project is tightly linked to ongoing projects in biological and clinical groups at the AMC. This project is
part of the second round of the BioRange programme of the Netherlands Bioinformatics Centre (NBIC;

Tasks The successful candidate will work towards a PhD degree in bioinformatics. We will build a compendium of rodent and human metabolic syndrome related gene expression datasets. We develop module-based joint analysis methods that search for conserved patterns consisting of sets of genes and sets of conditions in both rodent model and human under which they are co-expressed.

These patterns are used to evaluate the molecular similarity of rodent models and their human counterpart. Conserved patterns will be further interpreted by constructing functional networks for metabolic syndrome in rodents and human. We expect methods developed and resulting conserved patterns and functional networks to be useful for elucidating the model mismatch and for increasing the predictive value of preclinical trials and toxicity screens.

We are looking for an enthusiastic communicative team player with
  • a MSc in one of the following areas: bioinformatics, computer science, engineering, statistics, physics, plus a proven interest in biology
  • strong background in computer science (machine learning, graph algorithms, relational databases)
  • good programming knowledge (R, C/Java/C++, SQL)
  • Additional conditions of employment: The appointment will be on temporary basis for a maximum period of four years. Based on a full-time appointment (36 hours per week), compensation will be according to standard salary levels for PhD students starting with a salary of EUR 2046,- with a yearly growth to EUR 2622,- gross a month. The collective employment agreement of the AMC is applicable. Additional information about the vacancy can be obtained from: Dr. ir. P.D. Moerland Bioinformatics Laboratory Telephone number: +31 (0) 20 566 4660 E-mail address: p.d.moerland@

Contact: Applications should include a detailed curriculum vitae and a letter of motivation, and be sent to:

AMC Medical Research BV.
Mevrouw M.J.Scholtemeijer
Personeel & Organisatie, J1A-229
Postbus 22660
1100 DD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Sunday, June 21, 2009

15 PhD Scholarships at University of Padova, Italy

The University of Padova, through the funding of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Padova e Rovigo, offers research fellowships for foreign students to attend Doctoral Schools/Internation al Courses. During the 3-year doctoral programme, successful candidates will be offered full board and lodging.

Notification of 15 PhD grants for foreign students (25th series)
Deadline: 3rd September 2009

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