[Elsnet-list] Research Positions at Stanford: Dialogue / NLG / Uncertainty

Lawrence Cavedon lcavedon at csli.Stanford.EDU
Tue Feb 15 19:37:49 CET 2005


Research Positions at CSLI, Stanford: Dialogue / NLG / Uncertainty

The Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at
Stanford University is seeking one or more Research Scientists to work
on multimodal spoken-language dialogue systems, starting as soon as
the candidate's schedule allows.

The ideal candidate is a Computational Linguist with an interest in
the computational semantics and pragmatics of dialogue, and/or with a
specific interest in natural language generation (NLG) for dialogue.
The position requires a Ph.D. in computational linguistics, natural
language processing, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, or a
related field. Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to
define and implement a research plan, and to conduct individual and
collaborative research consonant with the dialogue-systems projects
underway at CSLI.

Current research into dialogue at CSLI centers around the
information-state update approach to dialogue modeling, and employs a
variety of techniques, including symbolic and stochastic, theory and
data-driven. Proficiency in multiple approaches relevant to current
CSLI application areas will be highly valueed, as will an ability to
oversee implementation.

Candidates with a track-record in the following topic areas are
particularly encouraged to apply:
* Natural Language Generation, specifically in the context of 
  human-centered conversational dialogue systems;
* Dialogue systems architecture, including using ontologies and
  language resources for broad-coverage systems;
* Robust interpretation and interaction for dialogue, such as handling
  utterance fragments, repairs, noisy input, and/or multi-party
  turn-taking;
* Managing uncertainty in dialogue, e.g., using underspecification
  and/or probabilistic techniques.

The successful candidate will work with faculty, postdoctoral, and
student researchers in the Dialogue Systems Group at CSLI, performing
novel research and developing core infrastructure for natural multimodal
conversational systems for a range of interactions and applications.
Responsibilities will include supervising student research assistants
and participating in proposal-preparation to attract new funding.

The CSLI Dialogue Systems Group consists of about thirteen people, and
is involved in a number of projects involving close collaboration with
other Stanford departments, numerous other academic institutions,
government agencies such as NASA, and various commercial enterprises.
Current projects include: conversational control of in-car devices;
understanding multi-party interaction in physical meeting spaces;
speech-enabled intelligent tutoring systems; collaborative control of
teams of robotic devices.

The position is initially for 1 year, renewable for up to 3 years
(contingent on continuing funding). Salary is dependent on
qualifications and experience, but is expected to be in a range
starting from $70,000 for a junior appointee, to $90,000 for a senior
appointee.  
Candidates who may be more appropriate for a more senior appointment
are encouraged to contact us directly and may be considered at a
higher salary.

Applicants should submit a letter of application and a full resume or
curriculum vitae with names and email addresses of at least three
referees. Please contact Stanley Peters and/or Lawrence Cavedon
<peters,lcavedon at csli.stanford.edu> for further information.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action
employer.



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