Corpora: [O][postdoc] Natural Language Processing and Man-Machine Dialogue - Lausanne (Switzerland) - EPFL

From: Jean-Cedric Chappelier (
Date: Thu Apr 18 2002 - 12:00:58 MET DST

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                   Post-Doctoral Position

       in Natural Language Processing and Man-Machine Dialogue

    at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of EPFL (Switzerland)

    The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LIA) of the Swiss Federal
    Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL) carries out research
    projects in several domains of Language Processing and
    Man-Machine Dialogue (probabilistic parsing, content sensitive
    document management, information retrieval, text mining) and is
    involved in several European projects and industrial
    collaborations. (URL:

    The LIA is currently looking for a Post-Doctoral Research
    Assistant in Computer Science to contribute to its research and
    development activities in the domain of Man-Machine Dialogue.
    The foreseen research activity will take place in the framework
    of the European Project INSPIRE (briefly described bellow), for
    which the selected candidate would be partly responsible.

    Applicants should hold a PhD in Computer Science (or equivalent)
    or expect to complete one before the start date. Good knowledge
    of C/C++ is required. Background in Man-Machine Dialogue and
    Natural Language Processing is desirable.

    The position is available immediately and runs for 1 year (with
    possible continuation). It will be held at EPFL (Lausanne,

    The appointment will be in the order of 70'000 CHF a year
    (~ $42'000, ~ 48'000 euros) depending on the qualification and
    experience of the applicant.

    Interested persons should submit a resume to (e-mail preferred):

    Martin RAJMAN
    Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LIA)
    EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
    IN Ecublens
    CH-1015 LAUSANNE, Switzerland
    fax: +41 21 693.52.25

    Description of the work for EPFL in the INSPIRE Project

    INSPIRE European Project (IST-2001 research Programme)

    Title: INfotainment management with SPeech Interaction
            via Remote-microphones and tElephone interfaces

    Full Project Abstract:
    The proposed project aims at the development of a multilingual
    interactive, natural speech dialogue-based assistant for wireless
    command and control of home appliances. Emphasis is given on
    infotainment equipment and services, due to their high
    complexity, which makes advanced dialogue techniques
    necessary. To this end, leading-edge technologies available to
    the partners of the consortium, i.e. continuous speech
    recognition, speech synthesis, speaker identification, etc., will
    be integrated into a prototype, which will be extensively tested
    and optimized. The user of the proposed system will be able to
    initiate natural spoken dialogues and ask for information about
    the current status of any appliance and/or control it, requesting
    assistance on its use, etc. Furthermore, he/she will be able, to
    use the connection with the public network, to access
    telecommunication voice services etc.

    EPFL is involved in the "Dialogue Interaction" Work Package (WP):
    In this WP, the dialogue component will be set up. Multilingual
    Wizard of Oz (WoZ) experiments will be conducted to determine the
    dialogue flow for each language that will be incorporated in the
    system. A dialogue simulation tool will be developed and
    additional user modelling functionalities will be incorporated to
    the dialogue component. The dialogue and language models derived
    from the WoZ experiments will be used as bootstrap models for the
    dialogue system. Subsequently, when the system is set up,
    utterances spoken by users will be recorded and transcribed in
    order to improve the current dialogue and language models.


    Jean-CÚdric Chappelier           | WWW:
    EPFL, I&C - IIF - LIA,           | Tel:      +41 21 693.66.83 or .78
    INR (Ecublens), CH-1015 Lausanne | Fax:             +41 21 693.52.25

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