Ph.D. positions at Twente University

Ph.D. positions at Twente University

Post by Henk van de Zandschu » Wed, 23 Jun 1999 04:00:00



The Faculty of Technology & Management and the Faculty of
Computer Science of the University of Twente, the Netherlands, jointly
offer a four-year program on Business Information Technology (BIT). More
information on the BIT program is given at the end of this message.
BIT research concentrates on the interaction between complex
information and communication systems  and the business
environment. To stimulate this research, both faculties have started a
number of research projects, for which we currently have seven open

                             Ph.D. positions

Offer:
The salary ranges from Dfl 2895 (Euro 1311) gross per month in the
first year to Dfl 3919 (Euro 1775) gross per month in the fourth
year. In addition, the University offers a package of facilities from
which the Ph.D. student can choose, including a laptop and a contributions
to the costs of visiting scientific conferences.

Applications:
These can be sent before July 5, 1999 to the Managing Director,
Mr. W.H. Fij, Faculty of Computer Science, University of Twente,
P.O. Box 217, 7500 AE Enschede, the Netherlands. Please refer to the
number of the job opening in your letter. These numbers are listed
under the job descriptions below.

Projects for which Ph.D. openings still exist:

PERFORMANCE CONTROL IN WORKFLOW MANAGEMENT

Workflow management (WFM) is gaining more importance in a broad
variety of business processes. In this development, the use of WFM
shifts from secondary business processes to primary,
customer-oriented processes. As a consequence, business performance
increasingly depends upon qualitative aspects of workflows. These
aspects are characterized by Quality of Service (QoS) parameters. To
manage these parameters, they must be linked to internal workflow
variables. To manage complex or flexible workfklows, these variables
must be monitored automatically, and be linked to intelligent
mechanisms for process control. To achieve this, concepts from
production control must be combined with concepts from information
processing in complex organizations. There are two openings in this
project.

Ph.D. POSITION 1
This Ph.D. student will develop a conceptual framework for process
control in workflow environments, study architectures for process
control, develop a limited prototype of a process control system, and
evaluate these in a realistic case study. The student will be employed
by the Faculty of Computer Science. This research will be performed
in close cooperation with Ph.D. student 2. The student should have a
background in business information technology or in computer science
with a managenent orientation. He or she is able to link conceptual
aspects of information technology with practical applications of
workflow technology. More information:  prof.dr. P.M.G. Apers,
tel. +31 53 489 37 17 (e-mail ap...@cs.utwente.nl) and
dr.ir. P.W.P.J. Grefen, telefoon +31 53 489 37 05  (e-mail:
gre...@cs.utwente.nl). Job opening number 1618/99/102.

Ph.D. POSITION 2.
This Ph.D. student will develop a conceptual framework for process
control in workflow environments, develop algorithms for process
control, apply planning techniques in workflow environments and
evaluate these techniques in a realistic case study. The student will
be employed by the Faculty of Management & Technology. This
research will be performed in close cooperation with Ph.D. student 1.
The student should have a background in business information
technology or in management science with a computer science
orientation. He or she is able to link concepts from production
planning with those in workflow management. More information:
prof.dr. A. van Harten, tel. +31 53 489 35  24 (e-mail:
a.vanhar...@sms.utwente.nl) and dr.ir. P.W.P.J. Grefen, tel. +31 53
489 37 05 (e-mail: gre...@cs.utwente.nl). Job opening number
1618/99/103.

INTEGRATED DESIGN METHODS FOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND TELEMATICS
SUPPORT

A result of increasing competition and globalization of markets is
that product design must be more efficient, while at the same time
taking place at geographically distributed locations. A
well-structured development process and efficient and flexible
support by information and communication technology can help to ease
the tasks of the product developer. This requires a good fit between
organizations, processes, people and tools. This can be achieved by an
integrated design method, in which business processes for product
development and telematics services are developed and analyzed in an
integrated manner. In this project, we investigate a method for the
development of automated support for distributed teams. The method
will combine applications of methods for the design of parallel,
distributed product development processes and for the design of
telematics systems.

Ph.D. POSITION 3
This Ph.D. student will investigate requirements specification of
telematics systems on the basis of an analysis of patterns of
cooperation in product development. In addition, this student will
formulate design guidelines for the translation of these requirements
to telematics architectures, where existing applications and ICT
architectures may have to be used. The results are evaluated in an
industrial application. This student is employed by the Faculty of
Computer Science. The research will be performed in close cooperation
with Ph.D. student 4. The student should have completed an academic
education in which the design of ICT applications has played a central
role. In addition, the student should be familiar with design methods
for telematics systems, such as service/protocol engineering and
object-oriented software engineering. An interest in
interdisciplinary research, the ability to investigate middleware
architectures, components, software architectures, telematics services
and organizational processes are necessary. More information:
prof.dr.ir. C.A. Vissers, telefoon +31 53 485 04 01 (e-mail:
c.viss...@telin.nl) and dr.ir. M. van Sinderen, telefoon +31 53
489 36 77 (e-mail: sinde...@ctit.utwente.nl). Job opening number: 1618/99/104.

Ph.D. POSITION 4
This student will investigate patterns of inter-organizational
cooperation in product development and requirements for the support of
this cooperation by means of telematics services. This is done by
means of a literature study and by means of empirical research in
product development processes. The student will be employed at the
Faculty of Technology & Management. This research will be performed
in close cooperation with Ph.D. student 3. The student should have
completed an academic education in which the organization of business
processes has played a central role. In addition, the student should
have knowledge of and interest in management science, information
science and the interrelationship of organizations and
technology. This project requires the ability to abstract and make
models. More information: prof.dr.ir. J.J. Krabbendam, tel. +31 53
489 34 94 (e-mail: j.j.krabben...@sms.utwente.nl), Dr. P.M. Wognum,
tel. +31 53 489 37 36 (e-mail: p.m.wog...@sms.utwente.nl). Job opening
number 1618/99/105.

EVOLUTIONARY IMPLEMENTATION OF GROUPWARE

Groupware systems provide a distributed infrastructure for the support
of cooperation among people in and across organizations, in which
the work procedures are not specified in advance. Groupware
implementation is an evolutionary process of mutual adaptation of work
practices and groupware systems. In this project, we investigate this
evolutionary process, the translation of this evolutionary process
into requirements on groupware systems, and the design of groupware
architectures that support this process.

Ph.D. POSITION 5
This student will investigate requirements for
groupware systems as they can be derived from an empirical
investigation and analysis of patterns of cooperation in
organizations. The student will formulate guidelines for the
translation of these requirements into groupware architectures. The
student will be employed by the Faculty of Computer Science. This
research will be performed in close cooperation with Ph.D. student 6.
The student should have completed an academic education in which
design and application of information technology has played a central
role. Knowledge of design methods for information systems, such as
structured and object-oriented methods, is necessary. The student is
expected to be able to do interdisciplinary research and to catch up
with the literature on requirements engineering and software
architectures. More information: prof.dr. R.J. Wieringa, tel. +31
53 489 41 89 (e-mail: ro...@cs.utwente.nl) and dr. N. Sikkel, tel. +31
53 489 40 03 (e-mail: sik...@cs.utwente.nl). Job opening number
1618/99/106.

Ph.D. POSITION 6
This student will investigate the interaction among patterns of
cooperation between operational personnel in organisations and the
application of groupware systems. The student will develop a model of
evolutionary development of organizational and technological
factors. This model will be validated in a number of real-life case
studies, so that a useful implementation method can be defined. The
student will be employed by the Faculty of Technology & Management and
will closely cooperate with Ph.D. student 5.  The student should have
completed an academic education in which group processes in
organizations and technology development has been a central theme,
such as for example an education in organizational psychology or
sociology or management science. The student should be interested in
interdisciplinary and applied research. More information:
prof.dr. J.C. Looise, tel. +31 53 489 35 08 (e-mail:
j.c.loo...@sms.utwente.nl) and dr. N. Sikkel, tel. +31 53 489 40 03
(e-mail: sik...@cs.utwente.nl). Job opening number 1618/99/107.

REFERENCE ARCHITECTURES IN COMPLEX INFORMATION SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT

A complex information system (CIS) is a software system that offers a
broad functionality for the support of business processes. Complex
information systems usually are based upon different information
technologies, such as database technology, workflow technology,
intranet technology, and middleware technology. These technologies
often should comply with certain reference architectures, that
describe structures of building blocks or functionalities of these
building blocks. In addition, there are reference architectures for
information systems in certain application domains or in certain
branches of business or public administration
(e.g. telecommunication). The purpose of this project is to determine
and enhance the role of reference architectures in the development of
complex information systems.

Ph.D. POSITION 7
This student will design a framework and description language for
reference architectures, and apply this in the combination and
integration of heterogeneous reference architectures. These concepts
are then validated in existing CIS development projects, for example
in the field of workflow management in virtual organizations. The
concepts must be embedded in a method for the development of complex
information systems. This student will be employed by the department
of computer science. More information:  prof.dr. R.J. Wieringa,
tel. +31 53 489 41 89 (e-mail: ro...@cs.utwente.nl) and
dr.ir. P.W.P.J. Grefen, tel. +31 53 489 37 05 (e-mail:
gre...@cs.utwente.nl). Job opening number 1618/99/108.

Business Information Technology (BIT):
All of the above projects are intended to stimulate research in
Business Information Technology. The BIT program is a joint
four-year curriculum offered by the Faculty of Technology & Management
(http://www.sms.utwente.nl) and the Faculty of Computer Science
(http://www.cs.utwente.nl) of the University of Twente, the
Netherlands. The purpose of this program is to educate specialized,
multidisciplinary engineers who can work in the fields of computer
science (``informatics'') as well as management science. The central
pillars of the program are information technology, management science
and social and communicative skills. The academic and technical
character of the program consists, among others, of an emphasis on
modeling, design and abstraction (such as mathematics). Our goal is to
train people to be able to do academic research as well as to be able
to perform at a high level in a business environment. The program
tries to maintain a balance between traditional teaching on the one
hand and project-based teaching on the other, in which group work,
social skills and management skills are important.