Corpora: HCRC Edinburgh: Two research positions in NLP

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Date: Thu Feb 07 2002 - 16:22:22 MET

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    Human Communication Research Centre
    Two research positions in natural language processing

    The Institute for Communicating and Collaborative Systems (ICCS), in
    the Division of Informatics, at the University of Edinburgh draws on
    the skills and expertise of one of the largest communities of natural
    language processing specialists in Europe and has strong experience in
    human-machine interaction, natural language understanding, speech
    processing, and XML protocols.

    We are now looking for two people to join our team to work on an
    EU-funded three-year project on dialogue systems designed to enable
    collaborative problem solving, in the context of e-commerce services
    available on small mobile multimodal devices. Our work on the
    project focuses on natural language and diagrammatic output, and on
    the co-ordination of these to enhance the naturalness of the
    interaction with the service.

    We seek two individuals. One is to help with development of the
    generation component and its associated linguistic resources, and the
    dialogue manager. The other is to help with the development and
    evaluation of the fission component, which co-ordinates streams of
    output in different modalities.

    The ideal candidate for the first post will hold a degree in
    Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science or Computational Linguistics
    S/he will have practical experience in developing robust applications
    and interfaces both on the algorithmic level and on the knowledge
    construction level. Programming or development expertise in Java, C
    or C++ is essential, and experience with XML and Perl is highly
    desirable. Interest in categorial grammar or other lexicalised
    grammars would be a distinct advantage.

    The ideal candidate for the second post will hold a degree in
    Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Science or Artificial
    Intelligence and have an interest both in diagrammatic communication
    and human-computer interaction. S/he will have practical experience
    in developing and evaluating multimodal interfaces both on the
    algorithmic level and on the knowledge construction level.
    Programming or development expertise in Java, C, C++ or Lisp is
    essential. Experience with usability evaluation techniques, corpus
    analysis or the design of dialogue annotation languages is highly

    In both cases, candidates with an interest in discourse planning,
    dialogue management, and/or the practical aspects of natural language
    generation are particularly encouraged to apply.

    The appointments are for a fixed term of 3 years, starting in March
    2002 or as soon as possible thereafter, and will be in the
    salary range: 17,451 - 26,229 p.a, or 24,193 - 32,215 p.a.
    Informal enquiries to

    Further particulars and application details can be obtained from
    or the Personnel Department, The University of
    Edinburgh, 9-16 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1HT Tel: 0131 650 2511
    (24 hour answering service) quoting the reference number 311136.

    The closing date for applications is 22 February 2002.

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