[Elsnet-list] Research Positions at Stanford CSLI: Robust Dialogue Understanding

Matthew Purver mpurver at stanford.edu
Tue Apr 17 02:05:56 CEST 2007

     Research Positions at Stanford: Robust Dialogue Understanding

The Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at
Stanford University is seeking Research Scientists to work on
multimodal spoken-language dialogue systems, starting approximately
1 June 2007.

The ideal candidate is a Computational Linguist with an interest in
the computational semantics and pragmatics of dialogue, with
experience in formally-inspired and/or statistical/machine-learning
approaches to dialogue modeling. 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 includes both human-human and
human-computer 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 valued, as will an ability to participate in implementation.

Research topics of particular interest include:
- robust semantic interpretation from noisy data (e.g. fragment
   parsing, role detection);
- robust context-based pragmatic interpretation (e.g. anaphora/
   ellipsis/fragment resolution);
- multi-party discourse modeling (esp. group decision-making);
- topic/issue detection and tracking;
- probabilistic dialogue state/activity modeling and tracking.

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, not-for-profit research
organizations such as SRI, and various commercial enterprises. Current
projects include: understanding multi-party conversational
interaction; collaborative control of teams of robotic devices;
conversational control of in-vehicle devices; and speech- enabled
intelligent tutoring systems.

The position is initially for 1 year, renewable for up to 3 years
(contingent on continued 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
references. Please contact Stanley Peters and Matt Purver <{peters,
mpurver}@csli.stanford.edu> for further information.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action

Matthew Purver <mpurver at stanford.edu>
Computational Semantics Laboratory, CSLI, Stanford

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