Openings at the Cork Constraint Computation Centre

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Date: Wed Aug 15 2001 - 01:14:11 MET DST

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    Cork Constraint Computation Centre: Research Staff and Student Openings

    A Cork Constraint Computation Centre (4C) is being established at University
    College Cork (UCC), with initial funding from a Science Foundation Ireland
    Principal Investigator award to Eugene Freuder of 5 million Irish pounds
    (close to 6.5 million Euros). Dr. Freuder will be moving to Cork to become
    Science Foundation Ireland Research Professor.

    4C will have multiple openings for research staff and Ph.D. students,
    starting as early as October of this year.

    Interested parties should contact

    In addition to Professor Freuder and the 4C research staff, UCC will have
    four academic staff in the Computer Science Department in constraints, and
    UCC is committed to hiring at least two additional academic staff in this
    field. These positions will be advertised formally in due course, but
    informal expressions of interest can be directed now to

    The University is located in Cork, the second largest city of the Republic
    of Ireland. Cork is a port city, built on islands in the valley of the River
    Lee, with coastline, hills and sandy beaches within easy reach. The city has
    an International Airport and also has car-ferry connections to the United
    Kingdom and France.

    Companies interested in working with the new Centre to leverage Ireland's
    considerable new investment in this technology are also invited to contact


    Cork Constraint Computation Centre

     A Cork Constraint Computation Centre will be established for the study of
    constraint-based reasoning and programming. Constraint satisfaction or
    optimization problems are ubiquitous. A familiar example: scheduling a
    meeting involves satisfying temporal constraints on the availability of the
     The initial focus of the Centre will be on making constraint technology
    more accessible and transparent.
     Specifically, the Centre will seek advances in:
      Automation: The process of modeling domain knowledge, tailoring
    heuristics, and exploring alternatives must become more automated. Specific
    topics include acquisition, validation, optimization, learning, and
    explanation. Progress can be made here by abstracting our experience with
    specific applications.
      Application: Applications will motivate and validate advances in
    automation. Application domains may include bioinformatics, configuration,
    computer and telecommunications networks, design, electronic commerce,
    planning and scheduling.
     The work will be centered in the field of artificial intelligence, but
    embedded in the broader constraint programming community. Constraint
    computation has seen fundamental scientific advances, e.g. in understanding
    the relationship between problem structure and problem complexity.
    Constraint technology has demonstrated its commercial value. The Centre
    will conduct basic research in areas vital to the next generation of
    constraint technology.

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