[Elsnet-list] Computational Linguistics Position at the University of Edinburgh

Myrosia Dzikovska m.dzikovska at ed.ac.uk
Thu Feb 24 15:50:55 CET 2005

The University of Edinburgh

Human Communication Research Centre/School of Informatics

Research Associate/Fellow in Lexicon Tools and Robust Parsing in Dialogue

Vacancy Reference No: 3003251

The aim of this ONR-funded project is to create a toolset to aid in
the development of a wide-coverage parser for deep parsing and
semantic interpretation. You will develop tools to facilitate
extensions to a deep parser's lexicon based on existing wide-coverage
dictionaries, and devise algorithms for efficient parsing and robust
interpretation. Ideally you will have experience in grammar
development, lexical semantics, and semantic interpretation.  Strong
programming skills in Java and/or Lisp are essential. Knowledge of
parsing technologies and machine learning techniques is a plus.

The project is titled "A shared resource for Robust Semantic
Interpretation for both Linguists and Non-Linguists". The project will
concentrate on extending a lexicon for a deep linguistically-motivated
parser with the aid of information found in wide-coverage dictionaries
such as FrameNet, VerbNet or Comlex, to aid linguists in developing a
wide-coverage parser for semantic interpretation in dialogue
systems. Additionally, robust parsing techniques for dealing with
unknown words and grammar constructions will be explored in context of
deep parsing and semantic interpretation.

The appointment has an initial fixed duration of up to 30 months, with
opportunities for continuation, and is expected to start April 1st
2005, or shortly thereafter.
Salary Scale: GBP 19,460 to 29,128
Closing Date: 18-Mar-2005

The successful candidate will have the following profile:

    * completed PhD or MSc in computational linguistics, cognitive science or 
a related discipline
    * ability to work effectively and to meet deadlines;
    * strong programming skills in languages in Java and/or Lisp
    * experience in grammar development, lexical semantics, and semantic 
    * knowledge of natural language understanding and parsing technologies;

In addition the following skills are desirable:

    * knowledge of machine learning or statistical parsing techniques

For more information and to apply online visit: http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk
Please quote Ref: 3003251

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Myroslava Dzikovska 
(M.Dzikovska at ed.ac.uk) or Prof Johanna Moore(J.Moore at ed.ac.uk)

Additional information about the School of Informatics, HCRC, Language
at Edinburgh, and the University as a whole is available at:


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