Research position in QR at INRA (Toulouse, France)

Francois Guerrin (
Wed, 15 Jan 1997 16:34:46 +0100

Dear colleagues,

Let me make the following announcement (deadline : February, 10 !) and wish you all the best for 1997.


Francois Guerrin

As usual : sorry, for those receiving several copies of this announcement.

A research position on :

Qualitative Modeling and Quantitative/Qualitative Models Integration is available at INRA, the French Public Institute of Agricultural Research, Biometrics and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, located near Toulouse (France).

Research Topics :

Modeling complex dynamic systems needs dealing both with quantitative and qualitative information, according to the available knowledge on the processes to be considered. The researcher sought will be aimed at adapting or devising formalizations and methods enabling :
- numeric/symbolic representations interfacing
- quantitative/qualitative simulation outputs comparison
- quantitative/qualitative model integration within a coherent formal and software framework.
He/she will participate in developing software for systems analysis and decision support. Main applications are in the area of the assessment of human activities on environmental systems.

Research Group :

Our lab comprises 16 researchers and engineers (statisticians, computer science and AI) split in 3 groups :
- Genome analysis
- Decision support
- Large biological systems modeling
The latter group, in which the position is available, is composed of 2 statisticians and 1 qualitative modeler (permanent staff). It is currently involved in a project with other french organizations on aquatic ecosystems modeling.

Skills sought:

- Qualitative modeling and qualitative mathematics formalizations, dynamical systems analysis and simulation, numeric/symbolic interface, approximate reasoning, fuzzy sets.
- Rigorous computer science or AI methodologist with interest in finalizing his/her research and open to interdisciplinary exchange (with statisticians, ecologists, etc.).

Principal requirements :

- hold a PhD or equivalent (or about to be so), in disciplines such as : Artificial Intelligence, Computer science, Control, Applied mathematics.
- age : be less than 31 yrs old by December 31, 1997 (eventual extension in some cases)
- applicants will be requested to provide, in addition to application special forms, a curriculum vitae (1-2 pp.), a report on past research activities and perspectives (8-10 pp.), a list of publications, copies of the PhD thesis and most significant published papers.

Net salary range from 10-12000 French Francs per month (to be precisely determined according to previous activities).

For further information, please contact asap (preferably by e-mail) :

Dr. Francois Guerrin
Unite Biometrie et Intelligence Artificielle
BP 27 - 31326 Castanet-Tolosan (France)
Tel: 33-05-61-28-52-88 / 33-05-61-28-50-68


- Application forms retrieving by February 7, 1997.
- Application deposit by February 10, 1997.