Two PhD Scholarship in Semantic search in E-discovery at University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The project is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Within the project, ISLA collaborates with the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Fox-IT Forensics as well forensics and intelligence agencies. In e-discovery, digital information (e-mails, discussion forums) is mined to find answers to questions such as “Who knew what, at which time, and from whom?” So far, traditional information retrieval technology is typically used for this purpose. The project aims to develop semantic search technology to the task, so as to facilitate finding entities, attributes and relations between entities, thereby facilitating more efficient and effective information access for forensic researchers. Within the project, two PhD students will be employed. One will focus on using semantic information for information retrieval purposes, the other will focus on automatically identifying semantic information, using machine learning.

We are looking for students with a master’s degree in computer science, artificial intelligence or computational linguistics, with demonstrable interest in search technology, machine learning and/or language technology, and in working with large amounts of data. Strong programming skills, proficiency in Dutch and a background in one or more of the following areas are a plus: social network analysis, statistical analysis. We are looking for self-starters that are able to work in a large team.

Deadline: 25 February 2012

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