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CALL: PhD Position, Database Privacy

Being traded as a commodity, personal information such as our habits,
interests, date of birth, number of children or home address, and even our
daily movements, are given up these days quite often without being aware
they are being collected, stored and finally sold to a wide range of
companies. With the advent of modern data-analytics technologies, the
availability of massive amounts of such pieces of information the
so-called big data era is recently creating invaluable analytical
opportunities. While the volume, velocity and variety of the data being
extracted offer possibilities of unquestionable benefits, they pose at the
very same time evident privacy and security risks.

The PhD position has a duration of 3 years and is made available through
the research project. Big Data Anonymization funded by la Caixa, a top
Spanish financial institution. The main objectives of this project are to
pioneer advance beyond state of the art on the design of anonymization
algorithms and to develop a comprehensive understanding of privacy in a
context of big data. The ultimate aim is to contribute to making big data
compatible with the right to privacy. For the scholarship, we are looking
for a candidate who is qualified to undertake supervised independent
research in the area of database anonymization, in particular in the
protection of dynamic data under popular syntactic models (e.g.,
l-diversity, t-closeness) and differential privacy.

We seek a highly motivated PhD student
-who has completed or is about to complete by summer 2020 a Master’s
degree in mathematics, computer science, or telecom engineering;
– with excellent academic record;
-good analytical skills;
-strong oral and written communication skills.

Candidates should send to Prof. Jordi Forn? ( the
following information:
-their CV (including list of publications, if any);
-their academic record (with marks);
-a certificate of English (TOEFL, Cambridge or similar).

September 15, 2020.

Barcelona is a modern capital city of 1.6 million people and the sixth-most
populous urban area in Europe. It is the home of many points of interest
declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO (e.g., Sagrada Familia, Palau de
la Musica Catalana, Park Guell), but also the birthplace of great minds
like Antoni Gaudi, Joan Miro, Lluis Domenech i Montaner, Josep Carreras,
Pasqual Maragall, and many more. Barcelona offers a unique combination of
landscapes and weather, coupled with exquisite gastronomical experiences
that are the result of blend of heritage, tradition, creativity and

The SISCOM Research Group ( ) within the Department
of Network Engineering ( ) at the Universitat
Polit?cnica de Catalunya (UPC) ( ) welcomes and
encourages applications for a PhD position in the area of database privacy
to start in fall 2020.