Just before the summer, our faculty received the good news that the two Marie Curie ITN projects submitted by the Security, Technology and e-Privacy (STeP) research group in January 2019 have been awarded. One of the projects, KnowGraphs, started in October and has been awarded two fully funded PhD positions of 36 months.
Marie Curie ITN project KnowGraphs
The overall objective of KnowGraphs is to scale knowledge graphs to be accessible to a wide audience of companies of all sizes and end users across their professional and private life by using a multi-disciplinary and multi-sectorial approach.
Knowledge graphs (KGs) are a flexible knowledge representation paradigm intended to allow knowledge to be consumed by humans and machines. Hence, they are regarded as a key enabler for a number of technologies including question answering, personal assistants and artificial intelligence across all sectors including Industry 4.0, personalized medicine, legislation, economics and more.
While different implementations of the KG paradigm are now used by several large companies (incl. Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Amazon, Samsung, Ebay and IBM) as a key component of their data products, their use is currently unattainable for the majority of companies and private users.
Custom formal representation mechanisms, organisation-specific storage solutions and query languages as well as large dedicated maintenance teams (often 100+ people per graph) are only some of the current challenges faced by organizations aiming to manage KGs at scale. Developing and maintaining a company-specific infrastructure to represent, construct and maintain KGs is only viable for large organisations able to afford the corresponding costs. In addition, a plethora of open questions pertaining to the transfer, applicability and integration of legal rights of knowledge graphs remain completely unsolved.
The goal of the KnowGraphs project is to answer these questions and to make knowledge graphs accessible to a wider audience. A total of 15 PhD positions are available in the project. The Faculty of Law has 2 PhD positions available that focus on the legal issues related to privacy and data protection in the application of knowledge graphs:
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