One or more PhD stipends in Visualization and Analysis of Big Open Data and Sensordata (8-18013)

At the Technical Faculty of IT and Design, Department of Electronic Systems one or more PhD stipends in Visualization and Analysis of Big Open Data and Sensordata are available within the general research programme Wireless Communications. The stipends are open for appointment from 1 April, 2018, or soon thereafter.

Job description

The PhD stipend is affiliated with the Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University, in a close partnership with the Department of Communication and Psychology. The place of work can be on campus in either Copenhagen or Aalborg. The stipend is offered as a part of the interdisciplinary research project Community Drive in a partnership between Aalborg University and the municipality of Copenhagen, with the intention of developing the knowledge co-operation between the urban-development professionals of the municipality and the children and adolescents of schools in disadvantaged housing sectors. Therefore, it is important that the candidate has the passion and interest to enter an interdisciplinary project and to build bridges between the technical and humanistic aspects of the project.

The project Community Drive is, amongst other things, aimed at researching in how children and adolescents can be educated to participate in technical and humanistic knowledge development and solutions to the complex problems of the city in partnership with professionals. Some of the goals of the project are:
1) To develop models and methods to collect, present and use open data and big data in a societal context and use these in educational programs involving Internet of Things and Smart City technologies, and
2) to improve the students’ competences to define questions and collect data to answer them.

The PhD Project is determined to contribute to the answer of one of the projects’ central research questions:  

How can existing open big data together with sensor data from Internet of Things devices, be synthesised and combined with data on-demand collected by students, in ways that make sense and create value for the participants’ learning and to the benefit of the municipality of Copenhagen?

The PhD Project is affiliated to the part of the Community Drive project with particular focus on the city’s many types of data and how to put them into use. The project focuses on collecting relevant data about the city, its utilization and its citizens. The work is partly focused on how existing data can be presented and be utilized by both students and other participants and on how these data can be supplemented by data-on-demand from e.g. Internet of Things devices configured and connected as needed. This contributes to the development of not just “smart cities” but also “smart citizens”, where the full potentials of the smart city are utilized by citizens as well as urban-developers and urban planners. In the PhD Project, visualization-and analysis tools that makes it possible for citizens and other laymen to independently work with big data analysis without having specialised expertise, are developed. For that reason, in this PhD Project it is required to work with:
1) Transformation, representation and synthesis of existing data in a way that allows for it to be used independently by relevant participants across data sources
2) Development of a joint and user-friendly interface allowing dynamic analysis and visualization of both existing big data and data collected by students in proportion to the presented problems and
3) Development of methods and technologies to collect data from Internet of Things devices that can be configured and connected as needed.

The PhD student’s project runs for 3 years. In terms of research, the position is directed towards applicants with a background in one or more of the following areas:   Internet of Things technologies, including communication networks for data collection, Interaction Design (IDx) and Usability, Data Science and Big Data analysis, Interest in learning and didactics 

As much of the communication with stakeholders such as communities and pupils takes place in Danish, proficiency in Danish is an advantage but not a requirement. Communication-and educational activities are included in the position equivalent to 1/2 years’ work. These activities will take place at the Department of Electronic Systems and/or the Department of Communication and Psychology, and takes its starting point in the PhD Project and the candidates’ additional competences.   

More information on the academic contents of the stipend can be accessed by contacting Associate Professor Jens Myrup Pedersen, Department of Electronic Systems, email:, phone: +45 9940 8771, concerning the research oriented part of the stipend.

PhD stipends are allocated to individuals who hold a Master's degree. PhD stipends are normally for a period of 3 years. It is a prerequisite for allocation of the stipend that the candidate will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Technical Doctoral School of IT adn Design in accordance with the regulations of Ministerial Order No. 1039 of August 27, 2013 on the PhD Programme at the Universities and Certain Higher Artistic Educational Institutions. According to the Ministerial Order, the progress of the PhD student shall be assessed every six months. It is a prerequisite for continuation of salary payment that the previous progress is approved at the time of the evaluation.

The qualifications of the applicant will be assessed by an assessment committee. On the basis of the recommendation of the assessment committee, the Dean of the Technical Faculty of IT and Design will make a decision for allocating the stipend.

For further information about stipends and salary as well as practical issues concerning the application procedure contact Ms. Lisbeth Diinhoff, The Technical Faculty of IT and Design, email: , phone: +45 9940 9589.

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Appointment and salary as a PhD fellow are according to the Ministry of Finance Circular of November 10, 2015 on the Collective Agreement for Academics in Denmark, Appendix 5, regarding PhD fellows, and with the Ministry of Finance current circular on the employment structure at Danish Universities.

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Thu Feb 22 00:00:00 CET 2018

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