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PhD positions available at the ILLC (UvA)

Vacancy number: 15146

Within the section Logic and Computer Science of the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation of the University of Amsterdam two 4-year Ph.D. research positions are available in a project on imperfect information games recently granted by the Dutch National Science foundation NWO.

Project Description

The project aims at the design of a coherent semantic and computational theory for the treatment of games of imperfect information. For games of perfect information there exist well understood representations, analysis methods and complexity analyses for various tasks like determining winners and deriving optimal strategies, but these techniques break down for games of imperfect information. This area represents, aside from a few scattered results, a largely unexplored area in logic and computation theory. At the same time the recent interest in games within computer science and logic to a large extent involves games of imperfect information, as exemplified by agency theory, e-commerce and artificial intelligence.

The two ph.d researchers should work in tandem on the various problem areas involved in the design of a coherent theory for imperfect information games. One student will concentrate on logic and semantic aspects: modelling target applications, characteristic properties, structural operations and logical languages. The second student will focus on computational and complexity aspects like structure and compositionality, relative succinctness between description formats, process theory and complexity analysis of various decision problems.

The project is supervised by dr. Peter van Emde Boas and prof. dr. Johan van Benthem. ILLC is an interdisciplinary instutue between the faculties of Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, focussing on the study of Information in Logic, Comnputer Science, and Language.

Candidates will be asked to assist with courses related to their research areas. The salary will range from 3159 Guilders (during the first year) to 4511 Guilders (during the fourth year), gross per month. Knowledge of Dutch is not a prerequisite, and candidates can be of any nationality.


We are looking for applicants with a Master?s degree (preferrably in mathematics, computer science or artificial intelligence) and a strong background in logic or theoretical computer science. Applicants have skills in semantic and/or algorithmic analysis, and are willing to learn the additional skills needed in a project like this, including a deeper acquaintance with game theory.


For information and applications please contact Peter van Emde Boas () or Johan van Benthem (). A more detailed project description is available upon request.


Applicants should submit a full resume including a statement of research interests, and the names and email addresses of at least three references.

Applications, including the vacancy number, should be sent by ordinary mail before November 5th to:

Mrs A. Craje
Personnel Office Faculty of Science
Valckenierstraat 65
1018 XE Amsterdam

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