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Various Open Positions for Doctoral Researchers
in the Research Training Group UnRAVeL
“Uncertainty and Randomness in Algorithms, Verification and Logic”
at RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
The RWTH Aachen University is looking for enthusiastic and highly
qualified doctoral researchers. Various positions are available within
the interdisciplinary Research Training Group (RTG) UnRAVeL founded by
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). The key emphasis of an RTG is on
the qualification of doctoral researchers with a focused research
program and a structured training strategy. The RTG UnRAVeL aims to
significantly advance probabilistic modelling and analysis for
uncertainty by developing new theories, algorithms, and tool-supported
verification techniques, and to apply them to core problems from
application areas such as: applied machine learning (in control theory
as well as network and data science), planning in AI (e.g., robotics),
as well as safety and performance analysis (e.g., railway systems).
Within UnRAVeL, theoretical computer scientists from computer-aided
verification, automata and logic, algorithms and complexity, together
with experts from management science (robust optimization), applied
computer science (network and data science, graoh neural networks),
mechanical (control theory) and railway engineering (safety and capacity
planning) intensively cooperate.
Candidates must have (or soon obtain) a master degree in Computer
Science, Mathematics or related area and have completed their studies
with excellent grades. You should have interest in performing original,
highly competitive scientific research, publishing your results in top
conferences and scientific journals. Self-motivation and the ability to
work both independently and as a team player in local and international
research groups are expected. Fluency in English is required;
proficiency in German is helpful but not compulsory.
How to apply?
Your written application should contain:
- a curriculum vitae
- a transcript of records (list of courses and grades)
- a cover letter including a statement of interest in (some of) the
RTG topics, and
- a recommendation letter e.g., by your master thesis supervisor(s)
All documents should be formatted as a single pdf-file. The
recommendation letter can provided separately, if needed.
You should send your application ultimately by
** October 15, 2023 (AoE) **
to the e-mail address: unravel-appl(a)cs.rwth-aachen.de.
We check applications once they are received, and will conduct
interviews until our vacancies are filled.
What do we offer?
We offer a stimulating international research environment, the
possibility to participate in highly competitive and interdisciplinary
research and the opportunity to involve students in your research
through project work. Doctoral researchers have a status as employee
with a salary according to the German federal employee scale TV-L E13;
the exact salary is subject to your family situation. The duration of
the positions is three years with a possible extension to four years.
RWTH Aachen University offers excellent facilities for professional and
personal development. Starting date of the positions: early 2024 (with
Enquiries can be directed to Prof. Joost-Pieter Katoen (e-mail:
RWTH Aachen University is certified as a “Family-Friendly University”.
We particularly welcome and encourage applications from women, disabled
persons and ethnic minority groups, recognizing they are
underrepresented across RWTH Aachen University. The principles of fair
and open competition apply and appointments will be made on merit.
CALL FOR PAPERS
SPIN 2024 - 30th International Symposium on Model Checking of Software
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, April, 2024
co-located with ETAPS 2024 (6-11 April)
Conference website: https://spin-web.github.io/SPIN2024/
Submission link: will be published later
Celebration of the 30th SPIN symposium: special anniversary track
The SPIN symposium aims at bringing together researchers and
practitioners interested in automated tool-based techniques for the
analysis of software as well as models of software, for the purpose of
verification and validation. The symposium specifically focuses on
concurrent software but does not exclude the analysis of sequential
software. Submissions are solicited on theoretical results, novel
algorithms, tool development, and empirical evaluation.
The SPIN symposium originated as a workshop focusing on explicit state
model checking, specifically as related to the SPIN model checker.
However, over the years it has evolved to a broadly-scoped symposium for
software analysis using any automated techniques, including model
checking, automated theorem proving, and symbolic execution. An overview
of the previous SPIN symposia (and early workshops) can be found at:
https://spinroot.com/spin/Workshops/. In celebration of the 30th edition
of the symposium, SPIN 2024 features a special track for historical
accounts and other broad discussions (see below).
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Insightful surveys or historical accounts on topics of relevance to
the symposium, for the special anniversary track (see below)
- Formal verification techniques for automated analysis of (concurrent)
- Model checking
- Deductive verification
- Automated theorem proving, including SAT and SMT
- Abstraction and symbolic execution techniques
- Static analysis and abstract interpretation
- Modular and compositional verification techniques
- Verification of timed and probabilistic systems
- Automated testing using advanced analysis techniques
- Program synthesis
- Derivation of specifications, test cases etc. via formal analysis
- Formal specification languages, temporal logic, design-by-contract
- Formal analysis of learned systems
- Any combination of the above
- Application and/or engineering of verification tools, including:
- Case studies of interesting systems or with interesting results
- Implementation of novel verification tools
- Benchmarks and comparative studies for verification tools
- Verification tools using modern hardware, e.g.: multi-core CPU, GPU,
TPU, cloud, and quantum
Submissions due: January 15, 2024 (23:59:59 Anywhere on Earth)
Author notification: February 26, 2024
Camera ready: March 11, 2024
Symposium: between April 6 and 11, 2024. Exact dates will be announced
SUBMISSION CATEGORIES AND GUIDELINES
Papers should be submitted via the EasyChair SPIN 2024 submission
website. The link will be published later on the SPIN 2024 website.
The proceedings of SPIN 2024 will be published in Springer’s Lecture
Notes in Computer Science series. Submissions should adhere to the LNCS
With the exception of survey and history papers, the papers should
contain original work that has not been submitted or accepted for
We are soliciting three categories of papers:
* Full Research Papers describing fully developed work and complete
results (16 pages, excluding bibliography);
* Short Papers presenting tools, technology, experiences with lessons
learned, new ideas, work in progress with preliminary results, and novel
contributions to formal methods (6 pages, excluding bibliography).
* Special anniversary track: to celebrate the 30th edition of SPIN, we
invite submissions that present the field of formal methods in a broad
sense. These may be historical accounts, discussion of successful
research lines, surveys, position papers etc (16 pages, excluding
All papers that conform to submission guidelines will be peer-reviewed
by members of the program committee. Submissions will be evaluated on
the basis of originality, the importance of contribution, soundness,
evaluation, quality of presentation, and appropriate comparison to
At least one author of each accepted paper must attend the symposium and
present the paper.
A Best Paper award will be announced and handed out at the conference.
Traditionally, a selection of papers were invited to a special issue of
the International Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer (STTT).
SPIN 2024 introduces an artifact evaluation, performed by an Artifact
Evaluation Committee (AEC). The AEC evaluates artifacts based on
documentation, availability, reproducibility of results and reusability.
Papers with an accompanying artifact may be awarded one or more badges
from the EAPLS artifact badging scheme
(https://eapls.org/pages/artifact_badges/). Submission of an artifact is
Thomas Neele, Eindhoven University of Technology
Anton Wijs, Eindhoven University of Technology
Thomas Neele, t.s.neele(a)tue.nl
Anton Wijs, a.j.wijs(a)tue.nl
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We are seeking after applicants for the PhD project
Compiler Optimization for Shuttling-Based Quantum Computing Architectures (COSMOS)
to be pursued at RWTH Aachen University.
The goal of this project is to develop systematic support for compiling quantum software to computing architectures featuring qubit shuttling operations, which allow to dynamically reconfigure the quantum circuit between subsequent gate operations. They are common for quantum computing architectures based on semiconductor qubits, trapped ions, or neutral atoms. While there exists a large body of work for non-shuttling architectures, advanced compilation methods that allow to move qubits are rather scarce. We aim to provide a contribution to this field in the form of a systematic framework building on graph transformations, which will enable the use of classical compiler optimization techniques to be applied in a quantum setting. The resulting gain in algorithmic efficiency will accelerate the advent of applications on shuttling based architectures.
The project is a cooperation between the JARA-FIT Institute for Quantum Information and the Software Modeling and Verification (MOVES) Group at RWTH Aachen University and will be jointly supervised by Hendrik Bluhm and Thomas Noll.
The application deadline is September 30, 2023 (AoE), and the expected starting date is early 2024. For further details, please refer to <https://moves.rwth-aachen.de/vacancies/cosmos/>.