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PhD Student Position in Wireless Sensor Networks at the University of Trento

Applications are invited from those interested in pursuing a PhD in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) at the University of Trento, Italy, in the D3S group group. D3S is a cross-institution group of researchers from both the university and the nearby FBK-IRST research center, whose projects are characterized by theoretical backing and practical applicability.

To offer a single example, one recent project involves a WSN deployment for monitoring Torre Aquila, a local medieval tower. The system has been in place for more than a year collecting data for analysis by structural engineers. For D3S, this deployment served as a test environment for evaluating our WSN middleware system, TeenyLIME, and as inspiration for novel routing protocols whose requirements are grounded in reality. A paper on this project recently received the Best Paper Award in the SPOTS track at IPSN '09. Other recent awards in our group include the Best Demo Award at SenSys '07, and the Best Ph.D. Thesis Award at EWSN '09.

Other examples of projects currently ongoing include TRITon, a project on road tunnel monitoring using WSNs, and ACube, a project where a pervasive computing environment equipped with audio, video, and other types of sensors provide support for elders and people with disabilities.

The group has also extensive experience in publish-subscribe systems in dynamic, large-scale P2P networks. In addition to real implementations and deployments, we support our work through extensive simulation studies and explore their theoretical underpinnings.

New PhD students are invited to participate in ongoing projects to gain experience and insight into real systems, and to identify novel, challenging problems whose solutions break new ground.

The Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science is a leading and fast-growing research institution, characterized by a young and international faculty and by a large, international student population. Indicators for scientific production place the department among the very top in Europe. The successful candidate will therefore have the opportunity to work in a dynamic and exciting environment. Trento is a vibrant city with a beautifully preserved historic center, consistently ranked at the top for quality of life in Italy. It offers a variety of cultural and sports opportunities all year around, as well as excellent food and wine.

Applications must be filed online before 20 April 2010, before 12 noon, local time, at the link below.


In the "Preferences" section of the application, under the section "Computer Science", the applicant should indicate a preference for "Distributed Systems".

Failure to do so may result in ineligibility for this position.

Postdoc positions are also available. More information is available on request.

For more information, please contact Prof. Gian Pietro Picco (gianpietro.picco@unitn.it) and take a look at the links below.

Online PhD Application:
(apply for "Distributed Systems")
Prof. Gian Pietro Picco:
D3S Group and Projects:
DISI web site:
Research at DISI:
PhD School: