2019-02101 - Post-Doctoral Research Visit F/M Post-doc on architectural style and ontologies for hypermedia multi-agent systems

Contract type : Fixed-term contract

Level of qualifications required : PhD or equivalent

Fonction : Post-Doctoral Research Visit

About the research centre or Inria department

The Inria Sophia Antipolis - Méditerranée center counts 34 research teams as well as 8 support departments. The center's staff (about 500 people including 320 Inria employees) is made up of scientists of different nationalities (250 foreigners of 50 nationalities), engineers, technicians and administrative staff. 1/3 of the staff are civil servants, the others are contractual agents. The majority of the center’s research teams are located in Sophia Antipolis and Nice in the Alpes-Maritimes. Four teams are based in Montpellier and two teams are hosted in Bologna in Italy and Athens. The Center is a founding member of Université Côte d'Azur and partner of the I-site MUSE supported by the University of Montpellier.”


This post-doc is in the context of the HyperAgents project (ANR) which aims to enable the deployment of world-wide hybrid communities of people and autonomous agents on the Web. For this purpose, HyperAgents defines a new class of multi-agent systems (MAS) that use hypermedia as a general mechanism for uniform interaction.

This is an international project between France and Switzerland.

The position will be in the the Wimmics team at Inria, Sophia Antipolis for 36 months but in interaction with researchers from several other organizations.



The candidate will work on the definition of an architectural style and of ontological and semantic Web models for hypermedia MAS, their formalization and implementation.

The candidate will contribute to both the ontology-oriented model and the hypermedia-based architecture to support MAS on the Web.

The candidate will also supervise the integration of the results to the prototype targeted in the project.


Main activities

The candidate will work on the following tasks of the HyperAgents project:

  • Ontological modeling of Hypermedia MAS: this task defines a conceptual model and core ontology for representing Hypermedia MAS on the Web. The core ontology will support minimalistic descriptions of agents, interactions, regulations, any other entities in Hypermedia MAS and relations among them. The core ontology will be extended with modules for describing interactions and regulations in other tasks of the project.  The conceptual model and core ontology will be refined in each of the main project phases.
  • Definition and implementation of interaction mechanisms: this task creates hypermedia-based mechanisms that allow people and autonomous agents to publish, enact, and modify interaction protocols, to manage the life-cycle of interaction protocols, and to discover entities for their interactions (i.e., protocols, people, autonomous agents, any other entities).
  • Ontological modeling of regulation: this task extends the core ontology mentioned above with a module for describing: regulations, enactments of regulations (e.g., an instance of a policy applicable in a given context), conformance and accountability to regulations (e.g., a history of violations committed by an agent), and the life cycle of regulations.
  • Continuous integration of results: the candidate will participate to the integration of the software components developed to provide the infrastructure and tooling required to create and deploy hybrid communities on the Web
  • Standardization and industrial dissemination: The project will produce new inputs for the standardization efforts of related standardization bodies; in particular, the key findings of the project will be submitted in a Member Submission to the W3C to which the candidate will actively contribute. The results of the prototypical deployments will also be disseminated to industry.


Technical skills and level required : thesis in multi-agent systems, distributed knowledge Web systems

Languages : English

Relational skills : Ability to work in an international network of collaborators

Other valued appreciated : Autonomous proactive

Benefits package

  • Subsidized meals
  • Partial reimbursement of public transport costs
  • Leave: 7 weeks of annual leave + 10 extra days off due to RTT (statutory reduction in working hours) + possibility of exceptional leave (sick children, moving home, etc.)
  • Possibility of teleworking (after 6 months of employment) and flexible organization of working hours
  • Professional equipment available (videoconferencing, loan of computer equipment, etc.)
  • Social, cultural and sports events and activities
  • Access to vocational training
  • Social security coverage


Gross Salary: 2653 € per month