[AISWorld] Phd Position in Service Mining at The Open University

Carlos Pedrinaci c.pedrinaci at open.ac.uk
Wed Oct 17 12:26:17 EDT 2012

A position is available for PhD students at the Knowledge Media 
Institute of the Open University, UK (see 

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) is home to internationally 
recognised researchers in semantic technologies, educational multimedia, 
collaboration technologies, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, 
and human-computer interaction. KMi offers students an intellectually 
challenging environment with exceptional research and computer facilities.

We are currently offering a fully-funded studentship commencing January 
2013. Applications are invited from UK, EU and international students 
for full-time, 3-year study on the following PhD project:

Mining Services on the Web

As the role of the Web has become central within ICT and our society in 
general, it is increasingly apparent that although services are widely 
used, current practices are largely driven by less traditional factors 
than those initially anticipated and prescribed by software engineering 
methodologies. In this PhD Studentship we would like to carry out 
research on services from a fundamentally different perspective from the 
one commonly adopted in Computer Science. Notably, rather than focusing 
on defining new theoretical principles and frameworks for supporting the 
development of service-oriented systems, we would like to exploit the 
plethora of information that exists on the Web to figure out what 
current practices are, gain a better understanding on how service 
providers and service consumers are behaving, and use this knowledge to 
better support their practices. By doing so we expect to gather a richer 
understanding on current development processes in the Web era, so that 
we can determine the main factors driving services successes and 
failures, produce models that could predict the popularity or determine 
the simplicity of usage of a given service, etc. It is only then that we 
will be able to devise adequate technologies for supporting service 
providers and consumers, as well as identify and propose means for 
bridging the gap between current practices and best principles that 
could lead us towards a more sustainable future.

Deadline for applications: 16th November 2012.

Further information: 

Contact: Carlos Pedrinaci (carlos.pedrinaci at open.ac.uk)

Dr. Carlos Pedrinaci
Knowledge Media Institute - The Open University
Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1908 654773
Fax: +44 1908 653169

The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).

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