[Elsnet-list] Postdocs in Discourse and IR for Handwritten Materials

John Nerbonne nerbonne at let.rug.nl
Fri May 27 10:35:57 CEST 2005

  Two Postdocs in Computational Linguistics

Faculty of Arts/Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG)
announces the following two postdoc positions.

    * one two-year postdoc in co-reference resolution (vacancy number
    * one three-year postdoc in information retrieval on handwritten
      documents (vacancy number 205150) 

      Co-reference Resolution (vacancy 205138)

Coreference resolution is a key ingredient for the automatic
interpretation of text. Practical applications, such as Information
Extraction (IE), summarization and Question Answering (QA), require
accurate identification of coreference relations between noun phrases in
general. We hope to develop a robust system for assigning such relations
automatically in Dutch text, and we will investigate the effect of
making coreference relations explicit on the accuracy of systems for IE
and QA. We will annotate a limited amount of application-specific corpus
material, which is required for the evaluation of the coreference
resolution system in the context of IE and QA.

The project is part of the Stevin-initiative of the Dutch and Flemish
government, and will be carried out in collaboration with the Language
Technology Group of the University of Antwerp and Language and Computing

A full project description is available through the site noted below.
 Dr. G.Bouma (gosse at let.rug.nl) will coordinate
the Corea project. He may be contacted for further information.

      IR for Handwritten Documents (vacancy 205150)

This postdoc will work in a team with a PhD researcher (Artificial
Intelligence, Groningen) and a scientific programmer (National Archives,
The Hague) to develop a system (Scratch) supporting the search for
information in handwritten documents. A more complete description of the
project is available through the site below.

The goal of the project is to apply methods of stochastic grammar
modeling to support free text retrieval methods in a test bed of scans
of handwritten material. This researcher will work with the PhD student
in pattern recognition who is expected to apply image processing and
classification techniques to the scans of handwritten material. He will
also work with grammar engineering specialists to develop software to
support the search process.

The ideal candidate will therefore work well independently as well as in
a team, and is excited about applying computational linguistics
techniques to a promising new application. He or she will command good
programming skills, good English and a willingness to learn Dutch.

John Nerbonne (nerbonne at let.rug.nl) and Gertjan van Noord (vannoord at 
let.rug.nl) will supervise the postdoc in this position. Lambert Schomaker 
(schomaker at ai.rug.nl) is the head of the project involving this postdoc, 
the PhD student in pattern recognition, and the scientific programmer.

    Your profile (both positions)

    * a PhD in Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence,
      Computer science or in a related field
    * research experience including relevant publications
    * able to work independently
    * willingness to learn Dutch (in the case of the co-reference
      resolution project, a passive knowledge is minimally required). 

More information is available at 

    Salary, etc.

The Rijksuniversiteit Groningen offers a salary dependent on
qualifications and work experience up to a maximum of 3453 euro gross
per month for a full-time position.

    The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen

The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG) is a
research institute within the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen.  
It embraces all the linguistic research in the faculty. A considerable number 
of the researchers participate in the Center for Behavioral and Cognitive
Neurosciences (BCN), and in the Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap 
(LOT). Within the CLCG there are six research groups: Syntax/Semantics, 
Discourse and Communication, Language Variation and Change, Computational 
Linguistics, Neurolinguistics, and Language and Literacy Development over the 
Life Span. There are graduate students and postdocs working in all of these 


Please include in your application letter remarks about how this
position fits in your career goals and how you hope to contribute
scientifically. In addition, we would like to receive:

    * your curriculum vitae
    * a copy of your diploma together with a list of grades
    * a list of publications
    * the name and email address of two references 

If you are interested in applying, please send the materials above
before June 30, 2005, to:

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen,
Afdeling Personeel & Organisatie
Postbus 72
9700 AB Groningen
The Netherlands

or by email to vmp at bureau.rug.nl

Please identify vacancy number on the envelope and in your letter.

John Nerbonne, Information Science              +31 50 363 58 15
P.O.Box 716, University of Groningen        FAX +31 50 363 68 55
NL 9700 AS Groningen, The Netherlands	www.let.rug.nl/~nerbonne

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