Thursday, March 14, 2019

Seven PhD positions in CS at the GSSI

This call for PhD positions might be of interest to some of your students or you. Please distribute it as you see fit. 

The GSSI - Gran Sasso Science Institute offers seven PhD fellowships in Computer Science for the academic year 2019/20. One of those positions is earmarked for the development of efficient techniques and tools for the analysis of large genomic data and is supported by the genomic-research start-up Dante Labs srl. The official language for all PhD courses is English.

The fellowships are awarded for 4 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 here by 18 June 2019 at 6 pm (Italian time zone). 

 The GSSI-Gran Sasso Science Institute is an international PhD school and a center for research and higher education in the areas of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Social Sciences. Founded in 2012 in L’Aquila (Italy) as Center for Advanced Studies of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) and then established in March 2016 as a School of Advanced Studies providing post-graduate education. Through a day-to-day collaboration and interaction, researchers and students have the opportunity to build a sound knowledge of the research methods and to experiment contamination of interests, innovative approaches and multicultural exchanges in all the GSSI activities. In addressing the complexity of today’s world, GSSI is committed to removing all barriers between its areas of study and research. The dissemination of scientific results towards society and the promotion of cultural events for generic public, citizens and schools are among GSSI goals.

See here for further details. 

Fully-funded four-year PhD scholarships at IMT Lucca




IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca invites applications for PhD
positions in the Systems Science program, and specifically for its Computer
Science and Systems Engineering
<https://www.imtlucca.it/en/programma-dottorato/anno-accademico-2019-20/systems-science/csse>
track.

We carry out foundational, applied, and interdisciplinary research on the
modeling and analysis of systems, broadly construed. The SYSMA
<http://sysma.imtlucca.it/> research unit welcomes applications from
candidates in Computer Science with an interest in any of the following
topics:

- cloud computing;

- computational methods for the analysis of cyber-physical systems;

- cybersecurity;

- modeling and verification of concurrent, distributed, and self-adaptive
systems;

- program analysis;

- smart contracts and blockchain technology;

- software performance evaluation.

A non-exhaustive list of suggested PhD topics is available here
<https://sysma.imtlucca.it/phd/phd-projects/>. Prospective candidates are
warmly encouraged to get in touch with members
<https://sysma.imtlucca.it/people/> of the SYSMA unit for informal
enquiries.

The scholarship is for 4 years and consists of grant amounting to € 15,300
gross/year, in addition to free accommodation and board at the IMT Campus
<https://www.imtlucca.it/en/campus/overview>. PhD candidates have the
possibility to defend their thesis from the beginning of the fourth year of
the program, but no earlier as per Italian legislation.

The initial start date of the PhD program is 1 November 2019. The working
language at IMT is English.

Application deadline is 23 April 2019. Note that candidates who have not
obtained their undergraduate degree by the deadline can still apply, and
can be admitted if they graduate no later than 31 October 2019.

Applications must be submitted through the online form at:

https://www.imtlucca.it/en/programma-dottorato/ammissione/procedure

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

SIROCCO 2019 - Second Call for Papers

Michele Flammini, PC co-chair of this year's SIROCCO conference, asked me to post the second CFP for that event. Submit your paper and win a trip to the Abruzzo region this summer! (In case you need them, here are ten reasons why you should. In my biased opinion, there are many more.)

SIROCCO 2019 - Second Call for Papers
 
 
26th International Colloquium on Structural Information and Communication Complexity (SIROCCO 2019)
July 1-4, 2019, L’Aquila, Italy
 
OVERVIEW. SIROCCO is devoted to the study of the interplay between structural knowledge, communication, and computing in decentralized systems of multiple communicating entities. Special emphasis is given to innovative approaches leading to better understanding of the relationship between computing and communication. SIROCCO has a tradition of interesting and productive scientific meetings in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, attracting leading researchers in a variety of fields in which communication and knowledge play a significant role. This year, SIROCCO will be held in L’Aquila, a beautiful historical city in the mountain side, 100km away from Rome.
 
SCOPE. Original papers are solicited from all areas of study of local structural knowledge, global communication, and computational complexities. Among the typical areas are distributed computing, communication networks, game theory, parallel computing, social networks, mobile computing (including autonomous robots), peer to peer systems, communication complexity, fault tolerant graphs, and probability in networks. Keeping up with the tradition of SIROCCO, new areas are always welcome.
 
SUBMISSIONS. Papers are to be submitted electronically through EasyChair at the following link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=sirocco2019.
 
Authors are invited to submit their work in one of the two acceptable formats: regular papers and brief announcements. First, abstracts should be registered and later the full papers are due. A regular submission must report on original research and must contain results that have not previously appeared, and have not been concurrently submitted to a journal or a conference with published proceedings. It must be no longer than 12 single-column pages on letter-size paper using at least 11-point font, including tables and references. Up to 4 additional pages of figures may be included with the submission. Additional details may be included in a clearly marked appendix, which will be read at the discretion of the program committee. Full Proofs omitted for lack of space should appear in an appendix.
A submission for a brief announcement must be no longer than 3 single-column pages on letter-size paper using at least 11-point font. The title of a submission for a brief announcement must begin with “Brief announcement:”. Such submissions may describe work in progress or work presented elsewhere. A submission that is not selected for regular presentation may be invited for a brief announcement.
 
PUBLICATION. Regular papers and brief announcements will be included in the conference proceedings that will be published by Springer. Regular papers receive up to 15 pages, brief announcements receive up to 2 LNCS-style pages.
 
BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD. A prize will be given to the best student regular paper. A paper is eligible if at least one author is a full-time student at the time of submission, and the contribution of the student is significant. This must be noted on the cover page. The program committee may decline to give the award or may split it.
 
INVITED SPEAKERS
Susanne Albers, TU München, Germany
Pierre Fraigniaud, CNRS and University Paris Diderot, France
Stefano Leonardi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Merav Parter, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
 
SIROCCO 2019 will also feature a talk by Paola Flocchini, University of Ottawa, Canada – Recipient of the 2019 Prize for Innovation in Distributed Computing
 
KEY DATES (all in 2019)
Abstract registration: April 1
Full paper submission: April 7
SIROCCO notification: May 17
Proceedings version: TBD
Early registration: June 1
 
PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Dan Alistarh, IST Austria, Austria
James Aspnes, Yale University, USA
Alkida Balliu, Aalto University, Finland
Vittorio Bilò, University of Salento, Italy
Lelia Blin, Sorbonne University, France
Ioannis Caragiannis, University of Patras, Greece
Keren Censor-Hillel, Technion, Israel (co-chair)
Michele Flammini, GSSI & University of L’Aquila, Italy (co-chair)
Luisa Gargano, University of Salerno, Italy
Chryssis Georgiou, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
Magnús Halldórsson, Reykjavik University, Iceland
Tomasz Jurdzinski, University of Wroclaw, Poland
Fabian Kuhn, University of Freiburg, Germany
Toshimitsu Masuzawa, Osaka University, Japan
Alessia Milani, University of Bordeaux, France
Ivan Rapaport, Universidad de Chile, Chile
Dror Rawitz, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Mordechai Shalom, Tel-Hai College, Israel
Jennifer Welch, Texas A&M University, USA
Prudence W.H. Wong, University of Liverpool, UK
Yukiko Yamauchi, Kyushu University, Japan
        
ORGANIZING COMMITTEE
Guido Proietti, University of L'Aquila, Italy (chair)
Gianlorenzo D’Angelo, GSSI, Italy
Mattia D’Emidio, University of L'Aquila, Italy
Michele Flammini, GSSI & University of L'Aquila, Italy
Luciano Gualà, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Ludovico Iovino, GSSI, Italy
Cosimo Vinci, University of L'Aquila, Italy
 
STEERING COMMITTEE
Shantanu Das, Aix-Marseille University, France
Rastislav Kralovic, Comenius University, Slovakia
Zvi Lotker, Ben Gurion University, Israel
Boaz Patt-Shamir, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Andrzej Pelc, University of Québec, Canada
Nicola Santoro, Carleton University, Canada
Sebastien Tixeuil, University Paris 6, France
Jukka Suomela, Aalto University, Finland

Thursday, February 28, 2019

GRUNDFOS ASSOCIATE PROFESSORSHIP IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, AALBORG UNIVERSITY

Kim G. Larsen asked me to distribute this call for a very attractive associate professorship at Aalborg University. I trust that this might be of interest to some of the readers of this blog.

GRUNDFOS ASSOCIATE PROFESSORSHIP IN COMPUTER SCIENCE, AALBORG UNIVERSITY

ASSOCIATE PROFESSORSHIP AT AALBORG UNIVERSITY
At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Computer Science, an Associate Professorship in Computer Science is open for appointment starting August 1, 2019 or soon thereafter. The position is enabled by a generous grant from the Poul Due Jensen Foundation and supports the focus areas “Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems”.
APPLICATION DEADLINE
15/03/2019
JOB DESCRIPTIONThe objective of the position is to strengthen the department’s activities in the broad range from theory to applications in the area of distributed, embedded, and intelligent systems. Here, current research and teaching span topics such as semantic theories; algorithms and tools for verification and validation; model-driven development, analysis and optimization; and probabilistic models and algorithms for decision making and machine learning.
The position includes funding to recruit an assistant researcher within the research field of the successful applicant. The assistant researcher position is for four man-years and is also funded by the Poul Due Jensen Foundation.
We are seeking ambitious and talented applicants aiming at forming their own research group. Both the Foundation and the Technical Faculty will support the successful applicant with guidance on research and funding strategies etc. in the pursuit of a Full Professorship.
The formal announcement including information about qualification requirements may be found athttps://www.vacancies.aau.dk/show-vacancy/?vacancy=1020716
You may obtain further professional information from Professor Kim Guldstrand Larsen, phone +4522171159,          email: kgl@cs.aau.dk.
CS AT AALBORG UNIVERSITY
The Department of Computer Science at Aalborg University is ranked #1 in Denmark according to the Leiden Ranking.
The research at the department features a broad range of synergistic activities within research and education in the general area of computer science, including curiosity-driven research and targeted research in collaboration with industrial partners, as well as traditional university education, with a unique problem- and project-based focus, and continued education and knowledge dissemination. For more information seewww.cs.aau.dk.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Call for Prize Nominations: Prize for Innovation in Distributed Computing 2020

Michele Flammini asked me to distrbute this call for nominations. Sharpen your pencils and nominate one of the many worthy candidates from the SIROCCO community!

Call for Prize Nominations:
Prize for Innovation in Distributed Computing 2020
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Awarded by the Colloquium on Structural Information and Communication Complexity (SIROCCO).

Deadline for nominations: April 30, 2019.

Nominations are requested for the Prize for Innovation In Distributed Computing. This prize was established to recognize individuals whose research contributions expanded the collective investigative horizon in SIROCCO's area of interest. That is, they formulated new problems, or identified new research areas, that were at the time of their introduction, unorthodox and outside the mainstream, but later attracted the interest of the SIROCCO community.

This community is interested in the relationships between information and efficiency in decentralized computing. The prize recognizes originality, innovation, and creativity -- the qualities that reflect the spirit of the SIROCCO conference.

The winner of the Prize for Innovation in Distributed Computing 2020 is expected to give an invited talk at SIROCCO 2020. The winner of the 2019 edition of the prize (Paola Flocchini) will give a talk at SIROCCO 2019 which is going to be held on July 1-4, in L’Aquila, Italy.

Past prize winners are Nicola Santoro, Jean-Claude Bermond, David Peleg, Roger Wattenhofer, Andrzej Pelc, Pierre Fraigniaud, Michel Raynal, Masafumi Yamashita, Shmuel Zaks,  Zvi Lotker and Paola Flocchini.

The prize may not necessarily be awarded every year.


Eligibility
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The following conditions must be met by the nominees to be eligible for the prize. It is requested that a nomination letter explains and demonstrates how the nominee matches these conditions.

(1) The original innovative contribution was introduced by the nominee(s) for the first time in a publication at least five years before the nomination deadline, and the publication must have appeared in a conference proceedings or a scientific journal.

(2) At least one paper (co)authored by the nominee(s), either the original
paper, or a paper closely related to the innovative contribution, must have
appeared in a SIROCCO proceedings.

A nomination letter should identify the paper(s) that make(s) the nominee eligible according to conditions (1) and (2) above, as well as explain the contribution, its originality, and its significance.

Past SIROCCO papers and authors can be found at indexing sites, e.g. Google Scholar or http://www.informatik.uni-trier.de/~ley/db/conf/sirocco/index.html.

Selection process
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The prize winners are selected by the Award Committee composed of the current Steering Committee (SC) Chair of the SIROCCO conference, the PC chairs, including co-chairs, of the three SIROCCO conferences immediately preceding the nominations deadline, plus one additional member of the Advisory Board, or one past winner, selected by the Steering Committee for the current year.

The Award Committee of the Prize for Innovation in Distributed Computing 2020 consists of: Shantanu Das (Aix-Marseille Université),
Zvi Lotker (Ben Gurion University of the Negev), Boaz Patt-Shamir (Tel Aviv University), Andrzej Pelc - chair (Université du Québec en Outaouais), Michel Raynal (IRISA), Jukka Suomela (Aalto University) and Sébastien Tixeuil (Sorbonne Université).

Nominations can be made by any member of the scientific community.

DEADLINE : The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2019.
Please send the nomination to the prize committee chair, Andrzej Pelc, by e-mail pelc@uqo.ca