Internship | Data, Big or Small: Understanding precedes use

Semantics and semantic interoperability is considered the next glass ceiling for ICT. Help us in its breakthrough!



Education type

university (wo)


Internship and graduation project

Hours a week

Fulltime – 40


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What will you be doing?

Problem: The world is becoming more and more dependent on online collaboration and data exchange. Individual enterprises are confronted with more data, from more partners and more heterogenous sources in business networks, which are more dynamic than ever before. Getting a managed access to the data is no problem anymore. Getting the internal data systems to use that data correctly becomes an increasing problem because getting an understanding of the data precedes their use. Since computers are fundamentally incapable of understanding, humans are required to provide that last connection. This requires a huge effort in terms of semantic standardization, schema mappings, and data wrapper development, a strategy that is doomed to fail.

Solution: The objective is to provide software with an access-and-play capability. Open Interoperability will be based upon ontologies, alignments, mediators and semantic protocols, viz. a standardized solution pattern that can become embedded in a technological infrastructure. Interoperability then becomes a transparent service, even at the semantic level.

Method: We have developed an approach based on formal semantics towards semantic interoperability. Particularly the mediator part is currently in demand of a generic transcription component based on Term Rewriting Systems, ontology alignment specifications, formal semantics and logic rules. The purpose of the mediator is to translate data between peer ontologies such that the variations and inconsistencies between them will not lead to transcription-induced phantom semantics and subsequent application failures.

What do we require of you?

  • We seek (student) software engineers who are interested in AI and ontology engineering, or (student) AI specialists who are experienced in software engineering.
  • Your level of expertise is at least Bachelor grade.
  • Your collaboration and social skills are beyond doubt, as is your capability to judge for yourself and work independently.
  • Either master end project candidates, or students interested in doing a work placement or apprenticeship, or similar, are invited to apply.
  • Work experience is not required, but can come in handy.

What can you expect of your work situation?

TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. Innovation with purpose is what TNO stands for. With 3000 people we develop knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. We work for a variety of customers: governments, the SME sector, large companies, service providers and non-governmental organisations. Working together on new knowledge, better products and clear recommendations for policy and processes. In everything we do, impact is the key. Our product and process innovations and recommendations are only worth something if our customers can use them to boost their competitiveness.

What can TNO offer you?

You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.

Has this vacancy sparked your interest?

Then please feel free to apply on this vacancy! For further questions don’t hesitate to contact us.

Contact: Paul Brandt
Phone number: +31 (0)88-86 67056

Note that applications via email and third party applications are not taken into consideration.


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Ir. Paul Brandt

  • Interoperability
  • Semantics
  • Ontology
  • IT Architecture
  • Software Quality

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