[Elsnet-list] Two job offers in NLP (UCL - CENTAL, Belgium)

Cédrick Fairon cedrick.fairon at uclouvain.be
Mon Jul 9 22:57:13 CEST 2007


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UCL: Two Job offers in Natural Language Processing
(Natural Language Generation & Speech Synthesis)

Centre for Natural Language Processing - CENTAL
http://cental.fltr.ucl.ac.be
Université catholique de Louvain - UCL
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

CENTAL is recruiting:
1 Post-doc & 1 young researcher
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EXPRESSIVE is a collaborative project between the Université  
catholique de
Louvain (UCL, Belgium), the Polytechnic University of Mons (FPMS,  
Belgium)
and four industrial partners (Alcatel, ITOptics, Acapela Group,  
Belga). The
objective is to investigate the possibility of improving a Speech  
Synthesis
System for French by adding  expressiveness to a synthetic voice
(Expressive Speech Synthesis). The system will combine a Natural  
Language
  Generation (NLG) system tailored for the task and a speech  
synthesis engine
  capable of interpreting "expressiveness instructions" provided by the
NLG system and based on a linguistic model. Each team will be  
involved in
a complementary part of the project: the VALIBEL team (UCL) will  
investigate
prosody/phonology issues, the CENTAL team will develop the NLG system
  and the TCTS team (FMPS) will work on the voice engine. The industrial
partners will be involved in the design of the overall architecture  
and the
conception of industrial applications based on the results of the  
research.
This applied research project is funded by the Government of
the Walloon Region (DGTRE).

To strengthen the CENTAL research team (UCL) and collaborate on the
EXPRESSIVE project, we are recruiting two researchers.

1) One post-doc (up to 24 months). The ideal candidate:
*has a PhD in Computational linguistics, Linguistics or Computer science
    (or another close and relevant discipline);
*has good programming skills;
*is interested in Natural Language Generation and has a tangible
    experience or knowledge of the field;
*speaks French;
*is a hard worker... has good team spirit!

2) One young researcher (up to 24 months). The ideal candidate:
*has a Master in Computational linguistics, Linguistics or Computer  
science
    (or another close and relevant discipline);
*has good programming skills;
*is interested in Natural Language Generation and wants to acquire new
     experience or build up his own experience of the field;
*speaks French;
*is a hard worker... has good team spirit!

Both researchers will be mainly involved in research and development for
the conception and construction of the NLG system. They will work at the
University of Louvain, in Louvain-la-Neuve, a nice modern city, located
30 kilometers away from Brussels. He/she will be part of the CENTAL  
team,
a dynamic research team of 12 people, involved in various regional,  
national
and international research projects in Natural Language Processing.
He/she will benefit from the lab infrastructure and from a stimulating
environment. He/she will work and stay in close contact with other  
researchers
and professors of the lab as well as with the other organisations  
involved
in the project.

Duration of the contract: up to 24 months
Starting date: Sept./Oct. 2007 (with some flexibility)

Additional information:
UCL: http://www.uclouvain.be
Cental: http://cental.fltr.ucl.ac.be
Valibel: http://valibel.fltr.ucl.ac.be
TCTS: http://tcts.fpms.ac.be/

Interested candidates are invited to send their C.V. and a statement of
research interests to the address below.  Applications received by
August 31, 2007 will receive fullest consideration; however, the search
continues until the positions have been filled.

For additional information about the position please contact:
Prof. Cédrick Fairon
Director of CENTAL
Faculté de philosophie et lettres
Université catholique de Louvain
Place Blaise Pascal, 1
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgium
fairon at tedm.ucl.ac.be
Tel.: +32 10 47 37 88
Fax : +32 10 47 26 06




Cédrick Fairon
cedrick.fairon at uclouvain.be

Directeur du CENTAL
Centre de traitement automatique du langage
Université catholique de Louvain
Place Blaise Pascal, 1
1348 Louvain-la-Neuve
Belgique
tel: +32 10 47 37 88
fax: +32 10 47 26 06

http://cental.fltr.ucl.ac.be
http://glossa.fltr.ucl.ac.be





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