[Elsnet-list] Research position at Tilburg University

harry bunt Harry.Bunt at uvt.nl
Thu Feb 3 10:37:06 CET 2005


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The Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence research
group in the Faculty of Arts Tilburg University has a position
available for a:

RESEARCHER IN COMPUTATIONAL SEMANTICS
in the European eContent project: "LIRICS: Linguistic Infrastructure
for Interoperable Resources and Systems"
The position is for 28 months, starting March 1, 2005.
(m/f, 38 hours a week, part-time fulfillment possible,
vacancy number 810.05.01)

Application deadline: 15 February 2005


*PROJECT INFORMATION*
The LIRICS project aims at the development of a web-based widely
accessible registry of well-defined concepts for use in annotation
and representation of language resources. The project uses the
"open standards" approach, which makes certified concepts publicly
available while allowing researchers and application developers to
contribute their own concepts to the registry.

The work in LIRICS will start from the analysis of existing and
emerging standards for annotation and representation for the
categories of information in the project scope. From this analysis
the partners in the LIRICS consortium will define and propose
metamodels and sets of descriptors ("data categories") for lexical
representation, morpho-syntactic annotation, syntactic annotation,
and annotation of semantic content, following closely the procedures
established by the international organisation for standards ISO,
and using an on-line environment for accessing and maintaining
data categories. The use of these data categories will be
demonstrated via the LIRICS open source reference implementation
platform, which will provide simple and easy access to the concepts
in the LIRICS registry and will facilitate their implementation
and wide adoption.

LIRICS is an  ambitious research project that aims to support both
research in computational linguistics and language engineering,
as well as the development of applications of language technology.

The LIRICS consortium brings together leading experts in the field
of NLP and language-related standards development via participation
in ISO committees and ACL working groups. The consortium consists of
research groups from INRIA-LORIA (Nancy, France), DFKI (Saabruecken,
Germany), CNR-ILC (Pisa, Italy), the Max Planck Institute in
Nijmegen (Netherlands) and the universities of Sheffield (UK),
Surrey (UK), Tilburg (Netherlands), Vienna (Austria) and
Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain). There is strong
industry support and involvement through the members of the LIRICS
Industry Advisory Group.

The project has been approved by the European Commission in
December 2004; it has formally started on January 1, 2005 and has
June 31, 2007 as its end date.

The position at Tilburg University is concerned with the LIRICS
subtask of designing data categories for annotation of semantic
content. Prof. Harry Bunt is the project leader of this subtask.
The work will be carried out in close collaboration with
LIRICS researchers at INRIA-LORIA, DFKI, CNR-ILC, and IULA-UPF,
with the ISO TC37/SC4 Task Domain Group on Semantic Content
Representation, and with the ACL-SIGSEM Working Group on the
Representation of Multimodal Semantic Information.
(See http://let.uvt.nl/research/ti/sigsem/wg)


*MAIN TASKS*
The researcher's work will initially concern the analysis of
recent and ongoing initiatives, both European and North-American,
and emerging trends in the design of computationally feasible
and scalable annotation and representation systems for semantic
content information. The analysis will focus first on
methodological issues and fundamental assumptions underlying
alternative proposals, with the aim of shaping and refining the
methodological tools for defining interoperable semantic
descriptors. A second focus will be the identification of a
range of types of semantic information where interoperable key
concepts may be defined, such temporal information, semantic
roles and argument structures, reference annotation, word sense
information, and quantification.
The core of the work will consist of defining a set of data
categories for semantic annotation and representation for the
various types of semantic information that have been identified.
To secure general support for this activity and its outcome,
interim results will be discussed in meetings of the ACL-SIGSEM
Working Group on the Representation of Multimodal Semantic
Information and the ISO Task Domain Group on Semantic Content
Representation.
Finally, test suites in at least four European languages will be
developed, in close cooperation with the other LIRICS partners,
to illustrate the data categories that have been defined, to test
their viability and usability, to support their use in
implementations, and to promote the development of standards for
semantic annotation and representation.


*PROFILE*
Applicants should have an academic degree in computational
linguistics, with a background in computational semantics.
Familiarity with issues of corpus annotation will be a pro.
The working language of the LIRICS project is English.


*TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT*
The collective labour agreement of Tilburg University applies.
The position has a salary that depends on experience, with a
maximum gross monthly salary of EUR 3.453.


*MORE INFORMATION*
For more information contact Harry Bunt (harry.bunt at uvt.nl) or
the LIRICS project leader Prof. Laurent Romary
(laurent.romary at loria.fr).


*TILBURG UNIVERSITY*
Tilburg University, located in Tilburg, The Netherlands, is a
specialised institute of learning and research, with an emphasis
on social sciences and the humanities. It employs more than 1,600
staff and has a student body of around 10,000. There are 19
colleges and research centers, which provide graduate and
postgraduate tuition and research of outstanding quality.


*FACULTY OF ARTS*
In its education and research programme, the Faculty of Arts
addresses socially relevant domains in the fields of language,
communication, information and literary culture. Important areas
of interest are business communication and digital media, discourse
studies, language technology and artificial intelligence,
multilingualism in a multicultural society, and culture and
literature. The Faculty of Arts has an excellent record in
evaluations of its research and education.


*APPLICATIONS*
Applications should include cover letter, CV, and names of two
references, and should be sent before the application deadline of
February 15, 2005, addressed to:

   Mrs. O. Zweekhorst
   Managing Director, Faculty of Arts, Room U 40
   Tilburg University
   P.O. Box 90153
   NL-5000 LE Tilburg
   The Netherlands

or by email to solliciterenFDL at uvt.nl with a copy to
harry.bunt at uvt.nl. In your letter, please make reference to
vacancy code 810.05.01.


It is the policy of Tilburg University to increase the number of
women employed. Also members of ethnic minority groups and
handicapped people are expressly invited to apply.


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