I am writing to let anyone know that I am looking for a student interested to work as a PhD in "Data Intelligence" (the call will be out in the next days) with me at the University of Trento, Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science (DISI).

Research with me will be on "Knowledge-enriched data management", a field of Artificial Intelligence that lies at the intersection of data management and knowledge representation and reasoning. Major challenges in this field include the development of effective methodologies for querying data that is enriched with semantic knowledge in the form of ontologies. Although the theoretical aspects of these issues are well-understood by now, more practical aspects of most of these approaches have remained largely unexplored.

The interested candidate's main goal would be to fill this gap with the analysis of the current literature, and the development of original algorithmic solutions aimed at efficient implementations of these methodologies. The above solutions will be then implemented in software and experimentally evaluated. We also envision the possibility to employ machine learning techniques to improve the quality and efficiency of such solutions.

The candidate should have good problem solving and algorithmic implementation skills. Moreover, some familiarity with database systems and logic is preferred.

The candidate would have the opportunity to collaborate with me as well as with other researchers of internationally recognized research groups.

If interested, do not hesitate to contact me at marco.calautti@unitn.it.