The Faculty of Science, Engineering, and Technology at Swinburne University of Technology has 2 PhD scholarships available for students interested in designing scalable spatial, textual, and temporal search systems. The positions will be based in Melbourne, Australia which has been rated as the World’s most livable city for three consecutive years according to the Economist (http://www.eiu.com/site_info.asp?info_name= The_Global_Liveability_Report). The positions can commence anytime in 2017.
Applicants should have prior exposure and interest in one or more of the following areas: Databases, Information Retrieval, Algorithms/Data Structures, Natural Language Processing, and/or Data Mining. They should also have good technical skills, including good programming skills (C/C++, Java, Python, Ruby), and should have a good command of spoken and written English. Prior research experience is highly desirable. To be eligible for these scholarships you must have an honours/master degree in the area of Computer Science or related disciplines and meet RMIT’s PhD entry requirements.
PROJECT: Trajectory Data Processing – Spatial Computing meets Information Retrieval
SUPERVISORS: Timos Sellis and Shane Culpepper
SUMMARY: This project will investigate new approaches to ranked retrieval for spatial, textual, and temporal data. We intend to combine state-of-the-art research from two domains: spatial keyword search in databases and multi-stage search in Information Retrieval to improve the overall quality of search results. Projects will focus on one of the following areas:
· Storage and indexing representation – trajectory pre-processing, trajectory indexing, dynamic spatio-temporal indexing;
· Complex query optimization;
· Learning-to-Rank and Deep Learning for spatial, temporal, and textual data;
· Mining trajectories;
· Resource selection and distributed search.
REMUNERATION: AU$26,300 per annum (tax free), and may also include an additional $5,000 for conference travel.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for this scholarship you must meet Swinburne University of Technology ‘s PhD entry requirements (http://www.swinburne.edu.au/research/research-degrees/degrees-programs/phd-doctor-of-philosophy/)
DEADLINE: 1 February 2017
HOW TO APPLY: To apply for one of these scholarships, you must complete an application consisting of:
· A one page research proposal outlining your interest and suitability for the project;
· A detailed curriculum vitae;
· Undergraduate and honours/master transcripts; and
· Contact details for two academic referees.
Submit your application via email directly to Professor Timos Sellis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FURTHER INFORMATION: For further information about the projects listed above, please email the relevant supervisors: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . Additional information about the Swinburne University of Technology School of Software and Electrical Engineering, as well as general information about the CSIT PhD program, is available at http://www.swinburne.edu.au/science-engineering-technology/schools-departments/software-electrical-engineering/.