Last application date Jul 31, 2022 00:00
Department TW05 - Department of Information Technology
Contract Limited duration
Degree Master degree in Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering, IEOR or Commercial Engineering
Occupancy rate 100%
Vacancy type Research staff
Phd in linked data and personal data vaults as enablers for a new digital platform ecosystems - analysis from a techno-economic perspective
imec is a world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. The combination of our widely acclaimed leadership in microchip technology and profound software and ICT expertise is what makes us unique. By leveraging our world-class infrastructure and local and global ecosystem of partners across a multitude of industries, we create groundbreaking innovation in application domains such as healthcare, smart cities and mobility, logistics and manufacturing, and energy.
As a trusted partner for companies, start-ups and universities we bring together close to 4000 brilliant minds from over 97 nationalities. Imec is headquartered in Leuven, Belgium and also has distributed R&D groups at a number of Flemish universities, in the Netherlands, Taiwan, USA, China, and offices in India and Japan. All of these particular traits make imec to be a top-class employer.
Ghent University – imec IDLab Research group
The Internet Technology & Data Science Lab (IDLab) is an imec research group at Ghent University and the University of Antwerp. IDLab focuses its research on internet technologies and data science. Bringing together more than 300 internet experts, we develop technologies outperforming current solutions for communication subsystems, high speed and low power networking, distributed computing and multimedia processing, machine learning, artificial intelligence and web semantics. IDLab has a unique research infrastructure used in numerous national and international collaborations.
IDLab collaborates with many universities and research centers worldwide and jointly develops advanced technologies with industry (R&D centers from international companies, Flanders’ top innovating large companies and SMEs, as well as numerous ambitious start-ups).
The IDLab techno-economics team where this vacancy is offered http://technoeconomics.idlab.ugent.be/ consists of engineers and economists who are supporting decision makers by translating technological innovation into business opportunities and challenges in different application domains like smart cities, smart mobility and smart energy. The group is supporting companies and policy makers in their decisions by combining insights in technical possibilities with the expected economic costs and benefits.
The evolving ICT domain
Digital platforms are constantly gaining importance. Collecting multi-modal mobility data on a cloud-based platform, for example, can enable a multitude of traffic management solutions. Public as well as private actors can offer solutions that improve the city mobility, create an added value for the citizens and stimulate the local economy. Or consider a platform that allows optimal use of energy in a specific residential area by matching the demand curve of residents, retailers and electric cars to each other and to the (renewable) energy generation. Several governmental services get automated via digital platforms as well. In nearly all of these digital platform services, access to personal user data is important.
Thanks to the use of technological innovations that enable the implementation of a personal data vault for every citizen or entity (a so-called data pod), novel data ecosystems can be defined. Think of a data pod as a virtual drive to which you as an individual or organization hold the keys. Your data pod can then store and safeguard every single piece of data that you produce as well as every single piece of data that other companies and organizations produce about you.
Personal data is only one aspect of digital platform ecosystems, for example, the Flemish government is allocating resources to the construction of a Flemish Dataspace. The dataspace includes data from various business and public domains. The main objective is interoperability within and over different domains through the use of open standards for linking organizations. Examples are standards for cultural heritage or real estate.
In order to evaluate the feasibility of digital platform ecosystems in general and the market potential of personal data vault based ecosystems in particular, some interdisciplinary research questions remain to be answered. A first research objective is to understand the relationship between technical requirements and the value creating potential in a digital ecosystem based on linked open data or personal data vaults, in order to ensure that further technical developments go in the direction that indeed leads to market potential for this technology. Next, we want to understand how to engage all relevant stakeholders like application and service providers in this ecosystem. A second research objective is therefore to understand how openness and interoperability of data within this Flemish Dataspace can support innovation and value creation for specific domains and use cases.
In order to face the different research challenges in this interdiscplinary domain, we are looking for a researcher who is able to combine technical and economic insights.
We offer a challenging, stimulating, young and pleasant research environment where you can contribute to solving real-life problems for technological innovations with a clear societal as well as economic value. The work is done in close collaboration with ICT and telecom industry players in Flanders and Europe. The UGent doctoral school program offers possibilities for following a range of courses or trainings of your interest. We foresee a competitive remuneration and the possibility to obtain a PhD degree in Engineering.
How to apply?
This PhD position is available immediately and is open until the vacancy is filled. The position is not open for post-docs.
Apply asap by sending an email to prof. Sofie Verbrugge. Your application should include
Sofie Verbrugge – firstname.lastname@example.org
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