[Elsnet-list] Research Opening in Multimedia and Multilinguality, ITRI, University of Brighton, UK

Domino Moore Domino.Moore at itri.brighton.ac.uk
Fri Jul 2 15:24:06 CEST 2004

We are seeking a Research Fellow to work with us on EPOCH, a Network of
Excellence under European Framework 6, which addresses the need to
improve the quality and effectiveness of the use of IT for Cultural
Heritage.  The role of the Research Fellow  will, in the first instance,
be to develop a showcase system in this area. If this work is
successful, then further research opportunities are envisaged.

ITRI's role in this project focuses on the thesis that to be optimally
useful, presentations of information
related to Cultural Heritage (e.g., museums) should include spoken
and/or written information in several natural languages, and that it is
often advantageous to generate such presentations automatically,
rather than storing them in advance. The post-holder will help us make
the case for multilingual Natural Language Generation (MNLG) in the
domain of Cultural Heritage by building a showcase.
Since a first version of the showcase should be finished by the
beginning of December, we expect it  to combine existing systems or
mock-ups, using technical shortcuts where necessary; it will make
liberal use of graphics (including animated agents) to show how MNLG can
function in a multimodal setting. 

Later versions will explore deeper techniques for multilingual
generation and multimodality.

The ideal candidate for this work would combine technical abilities (in
language engineering, speech, and/or multimodality) with an eye for both
education and entertainment. The work would take place
in a setting where there is ample expertise in natural language
generation, cultural heritage, and graphics.

- excellent programming skills
- experience of building NLG systems, multimodal information
presentation systems, or computer games

- experience with programming in C++
- experience with multilinguality
- experience with cultural heritage

Duration of Post: 1 year in the first instance.

Salary: £22954 - £28,621pa 

Deadline for applications: 2 August 2004

Applications forms can be obtained online
<http://www.brighton.ac.uk/vacancies/> www.brighton.ac.uk/vacancies/ or

(01273) 642849 (24 hours) quoting the reference number SI4017.
Alternatively if

you are interested in applying for this post or would like further
information, please 

contact the Senior Research Administrator in ITRI, Mrs Domino Moore, on

642902 or Domino.Moore at itri.brighton.ac.uk
Mrs Domino Moore
Senior Research Administrator
Information Technology Research Institute
University of Brighton
01273 642902
Domino.Moore at itri.brighton.ac.uk
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