Open Position


Type of Position: Research Fellowship (Bolsa de Investigação)

Type of Contract: Research grant

Duration: 6 Months

Closed at: 2021-Jul-23


ONE research grant for candidates with Master Degree with reference number BI|2021/185 is now available under the scope of project with ref UIDB/50021/2020, funded by FUNDAÇÃO PARA A CIÊNCIA E A TECNOLOGIA, I.P. (FCT I.P.) - OBJECTIVES/WORKPLAN This project aims to develop new systems for big data processing that can provide strong guarantees of compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The workplan of this project includes three main tasks. The first task is to formalize a new policy specification language for GDPR-compliant systems. The formalization of this language will require an extensive and detailed analysis of the laws and requirements of the GDPR. The second task is to design and implement a GDPR-compliant key-value store. The compliance of the GDPR in storage systems raises several obstacles namely the enforcement of data retention policies, the efficient deletion, and indexing, tracking, monitoring, and encryption of the data. To overcome these challenges it will be necessary to instrument existing key-value store systems in such a way that policy compliance can be incorporated with minimal performance and storage overheads, and without requiring changes to the API. The third and last task is to design and implement a GDPR-compliant query processing engine. It will be necessary to investigate how to extend existing processing engines with efficient mechanisms that can guarantee compliance with purpose limitation and data minimization principles and to address the lawfulness requirements, ensuring that the processing has a valid lawfulness base and respects the data subjects’ consent.


Nuno Miguel Carvalho dos Santos



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