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Data standards integration

  • Full or part time
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    Applications accepted all year round
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Host institution: Trimble, Finland


To devise, implement and test a data integration method that allows data fusion and reuse of building, GIS and city-scale data sources. The most relevant open-standards-based data sources are to be identified in the first period of the ESR – for example, IFC, bSDD, CIS/2 and CityGML will be looked at in the first instance. Support will be included for open standards that have several versions and several serialisations; a good example is the ifcOWL that is available for IFC2x3 TC1, IFC4 and IFC4x1. The complicated problem to solve within this ESR, however, is how to map the different data sources on each other in a way it works generically for any set of instance files.

Expected Results

A set of ontologies representing content from the open standards selected. These ontologies are accompanied with ontologies describing how different content can be seen in an integrated way. A prototype application will be created to visualise the integrated results from uploadable/selectable content files in different formats. This prototype will be based on an open source data store and is to be made publicly available.


This ESR position is part of the CBIM network, a consortium of European partners with complementary world-leading expertise from academia and industry, is offering 14 fully funded PhD and one Post Doc position for highly talented people who are eligible for study at any one of its partner universities. Each ESR will be employed full time at one of the CBIM partner universities or at one of the three CBIM beneficiary companies. Those employed directly by the universities will enrol for PhD study at the same university; those employed by partner companies will enrol at one of the five universities for external PhD studies. CBIM is funded by the EU Horizon 2020 program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network call under grant no. 860555.
Please see https://cbim2020.net.technion.ac.il/

Recruitment, Eligibility and Mobility

Successful candidates will be employed for a maximum period of three years full-time equivalent and receive a generous financial package plus an additional mobility and family allowance according to the rules for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in an EU Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Innovative Training Networks (ITN). A career development plan will be prepared in accordance with his/her supervisor and will include training, planned secondments and outreach activities in partner institutions of the network. The ESR fellows are supposed to complete their PhD thesis by the end of the 3rd year of their employment.

 All researchers recruited in a Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN must be Early-Stage Researchers (ESRs). An ESR shall, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and have not been awarded a doctoral degree.
 Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up their appointment. One general rule applies to the appointment of researchers: on the date of recruitment by the host beneficiary, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host beneficiary for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the reference date. Note that the mobility rule applies to the beneficiary where the researcher is recruited, and not to beneficiaries to which the researcher is sent or seconded. Date of Recruitment normally means the first day of the employment of the fellow for the purposes of the project (i.e. the starting date indicated in the employment contract or equivalent direct contract).
 Researchers can be of any nationality.
 There is no age limit.
 Applicants must hold a research (thesis) Master’s degree in engineering, architecture or computer science.

Host institution: Trimble, Finland
Contact details for checking PhD Eligibility: Erika Krieger-von Stephani

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