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PhD Position in Reasoning with Preferences in Cork

A PhD position will be available from 1st January 2009 in a research project on AI methods for reasoning with preferences, at Cork Constraint Computation Centre (4C), University College Cork (UCC), Ireland. The project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, and is led by Nic Wilson of 4C, with collaborators Derek Bridge and Barry O'Sullivan also of UCC, Helene Fargier and Jerome Lang of IRIT, Toulouse, and David Lesaint of British Telecom, Ipswich. It will involve developing approaches for reasoning with preferences (and uncertainty) in multi-variate problems, including formalisms for reasoning with comparative preferences and soft constraints formalisms. The project will consider various applications including recommender systems, telecommunications personalisation, and intelligent buildings.

The candidate should have a good honours degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or a related subject, strong mathematical ability and competent programming skills.


The Cork Constraint Computation Centre at University College Cork in Ireland is one of the leading academic centres of constraint programming research in the world, and a major centre of research in Artificial Intelligence. The centre has about 50 staff members, including academics, research staff and students, from over a dozen countries and collaborates with researchers from many countries. It, therefore, has considerable experience absorbing non-Irish including non-EU researchers into its organisation. 4C is collaborating on research projects with a number of companies and has an Industry Associates Program ( with over 50 members. 4C is situated close to the centre of Cork City, and a short walk from the main University College Cork campus.


For initial enquiries, please contact Nic Wilson ().

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