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**Joint PhD: Imperial College and FBK (Trento, Italy).

Decentralised Adaptation with Partial and Distributed Knowledge

Modern software systems are composed of distributed and heterogeneous entities situated both in the real world and in back-end computer systems that form an overall collective system (i.e., socio-technical systems). These systems, with many entities running in parallel, tend to display non-linear dynamics, which lead to decentralized adaptations that can break the consistency of the whole collaboration. For this reason the adaptation must be itself collective, that is, multiple entities must adapt simultaneously in a way that, on the one hand, properly addresses a critical runtime condition, while, on the other hand, preserves the collaboration and its benefits.

Different adaptation techniques have been proposed in the last years to deal with heterogeneous, large-scale, distributed and dynamic software systems. However, there is a lack of understanding on how to engineer distributed and adaptive systems in which a central control is not possible. At the same time, most of the proposed solutions work under the assumption that all the knowledge used to adapt a system is fully specified at design time (closed world).

The goal of this PhD is to develop methodologies and techniques for the engineering of large-scale, collective and adaptable systems where the adaptations are resolved in a decentralized fashion, possibly at run-time, and with a partial (open world) and distributed knowledge. Solutions will be tested and evaluation on real-world case studies provided by research projects at either of the two institutes.

The student should have basic knowledge, and possibly expertise, in some of the following areas: distributed systems, adaptive systems, learning and multi-agent systems.

**Funding information

The PhD is jointly funded by Imperial College Department of Computing ( and Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Distributed Adaptive Systems Unit ( The student will spend part of his PhD time in each of the two sites (Imperial College premises, London, UK, and FBK premises, Trento, Italy).

**How to apply

To apply, a candidate should fill in the online form available at the following link:

indicating the title of this PhD proposal as “Proposed research Topic” and Dr Alessandra Russo as local Research Supervisor.

A CV should also be sent via email to both Alessandra Russo ( and Annapaola Marconi ( together with a short statement explaining your interest in the PhD position.

Informal enquiries about this position are encouraged and should be addressed to Alessandra Russo or Annapaola Marconi with the subject Joint PhD position.

Post-Doc Position in Kassel
Dear Colleagues, please note that there is a Post-Doc position vacant at Intelligent Embedded Systems (IES) Group in Kassel, Germany. The research field is related to questions regarding Organic Computing and machine learning: The position offers the possibility to establish own research topics and includes cooperative leadership of the IES working group. In addition, preparation of a professorship qualification degree (German “Habilitation”) can be part of the job description. Please distribute the open call to possible candidates. For further questions, do not hesitate to contact Bernhard Sick (


****25 Fully funded PhD scholarships for October 2015 start****

Deadline for applications is Friday 10 April 2015 at 12 noon.

Edinburgh Napier University is seeking to strengthen and expand areas of research excellence across our spectrum of research disciplines. We are inviting high-quality applications for 25 fully-funded, full-time doctoral studentships. Successful applicants will join a lively and thriving research student community and undertake original research in their chosen specialism.

The Centre for Algorithms, Visualisation and Evolutionary Systems  invites applications from prospective students with the field of Bio-Inspired Computing, Artificial Intelligence and Learning. Within this Centre, a thriving group produces world-leading research within the area of optimisation and learning, employing evolutionary algorithms, hyper-heuristics and techniques from artificial immune systems. We have funding from national and internationl agencies to support our work, and staff are active internationally, as editors of leading journals and chairing conferences and workshops. We are also active in consultancy work, and have a particular interest in appyling our work to real-world problems.

Indicative topics are listed below – however, applications are not limited to these areas only and we welcome any application that relates to bio-inspired computing.

  • Algorithm selection methods for meta-heuristic optimisation
  • Towards hyper-heuristic optimisation methods that learn from experience
  • Optimisation of scheduling, timetabling, travel-plans or logistics using bio-inspired methods to produce lower-carbon and person- centred solutions
  • Reducing the carbon footprint of computing through algorithm design

Candidates should have or expect to achieve a First Class Honours Degree or 2:1 Honours Degree supported by a Master’s degree in a relevant subject.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are prerequisites of any successful application. More information and details regarding the application process are here:

For more information, please contact Prof. Emma Hart:

**** 3 Fully Funded PhD studentships in bio-inspired computing to start early 2015 ****

Applications are invited for 3 fully funded 3 year PhD studentships within the Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation at Edinburgh Napier University. Candidates with an interest in bio-inspired computing, particularly in optimisation and learning are particularly invited to apply to join the Centre for Algorithms, Visualisation and Evolving systems, where we have a strong record in Evolutionary Computing, Artificial Immune Systems and Learning Algorithms applied to a range of problems.

The studentship will cover tuition fees to home/EU level and will include a standard living allowance (stipend), £13,863 per annum.

Overseas students are eligible to apply, but will be liable to pay the difference between home/EU and overseas fees. Note that fees are subject to change annually throughout the programme of study.

The studentship is expected to start in the first quarter of 2015. All applications must be received by Friday 21st November 2014. Interviews will be scheduled around early December 2014.

If you are successful in being shortlisted for interview you will be sent a letter of invitation by email at least 2 weeks in advance of the interview date. Those who will not be contacted by 5th December shall assume that they have been unsuccessful. It is only courteous to inform them that their applications have been unsuccessful as soon as is practicably possible after shortlisting or interview.

Application forms and further details at:

or contact Prof. Emma Hart if you would like to discuss an application in more detail.

The team of Veronica Grieneisen at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich, UK is opening one postdoc position to work on the Swarm-Organ project:

“Exploring Environmental Adaptation in Plant-like Swarms: how multi-cellular(agent) systems morphodynamically adapt to noise and changing environments”

Date advertised: 20th Jan 2015

Applicants are expected to have a PhD in physics, mechatronics, computer science, theoretical biology or related field and an advanced knowledge of complex systems, with a high quality publication history or having demonstrated strong use of computational methods. A background in theoretical biology (biological modelling) is desirable, but not necessary. Experience in computer programming, robotics or spatial modelling is desirable. The position is flexible for experienced researchers with a high degree of interest in spatial dynamics of self-organising systems.

1-year Postdoctoral Research Associate position available
Smart Society have an opening for a 1-year postdoctoral research associate at the University of Edinburgh. The closing date is the 4th of August for start in October.
Details here:

2 Job Opportunities
The team of Veronica Grieneisen at the John Innes Centre (JIC) in Norwich, UK has opened two postdoc positions to work on the Swarm-Organ project.

4 PhD Studentships
Institute for Informatics and Digital Innovation, Edinburgh Napier University
Posted on: 30/04/2014
Closing date: 31/05/2014