[Elsnet-list] Ph.D. Program CMU-PORTUGAL in the area of Language and Information Technologies

Andréia S. Rauber asrauber at hotmail.com
Mon Nov 26 21:54:31 CET 2007


Apologies for multiple copies Ph.D. Program CMU-PORTUGAL in the area of Language and Information Technologies  The Language Technologies Institute (LTI) of the School of ComputerScience at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) offers a dual degree Ph.D.Program in Language and Information Technologies in cooperation withPortuguese Universities. This Ph.D. program is part of the activities ofthe recently created Information and Communication TechnologiesInstitute (ICTI), resulting from the Portugal-CMU Partnership. The Language Technologies Institute, a world leader in the areas ofspeech processing, language processing, information retrieval, machinetranslation, machine learning, and bio-informatics, has been formed 20years ago. The breadth of language technologies expertise at LTI enablesnew research in combinations of the core subjects, for example, inspeech-to-speech translation, spoken dialog systems, language-basedtutoring systems, and question/answering systems. The Portuguese consortium of Universities includes the Spoken LanguageSystems Lab (L2F) of INESC-ID Lisbon/IST, the Center of Linguistics ofthe University of Lisbon (CLUL/FLUL), the Centre for Human LanguageTechnology and Bioinformatics at the University of Beira Interior(HULTIG/UBI) and the linguistics group at the University of Algarve(UALG). These four research centers (and the correspondingUniversities), share expertise in the same language technologies as LTI,although with a strong focus on processing the Portuguese language. Each Ph.D. student will receive a dual degree from LTI and the selectedPortuguese University, being co-supervised by one advisor from eachinstitute, and spending approximately half of the 5-year doctoralprogram at each institute. Most of the academic part will take place atLTI, during the first 2 years, where most of the required 8 courses willbe taken, with a proper balance of focus areas (Linguistic, ComputerScience, Statistical/Learning, Task Orientation). The remaining 3 yearsof the doctoral program will be dedicated to research, mostly spent atthe Portuguese institute, with one or two visits to CMU per year. The thesis topic will be in one of the research areas of the cooperationprogram, defined by the two advisors. Two multilingual topics have beenidentified as priority research areas: computer aided language learning(CALL) and speech-to-speech machine translation (S2SMT).  The doctoral students will be involved in one of these two projectsaimed at building real HLT systems. These projects will involve at leasttwo languages, one of them being Portuguese, the target language for theCALL system to be developed and either the source or target language (orboth) for the S2SMT system. These two projects provide a focus for theproposed research; through them the collaboration will explore the maincore areas in language technology. The scholarship will be funded by the Foundation for Science andTechnology (FCT), Portugal.  How to Apply The application deadline for all Ph.D. programs in the scope of theCMU-Portugal partnership is December 15, 2007.  Students interested in the dual doctoral program must apply by fillingthe corresponding form at the CMU webpage http://www.lti.cs.cmu.edu/About/how-to-apply.htmlThe application form will be forwarded to the Portuguese University andto the Foundation for Science and Technology. Simultaneously, they should send an email to the coordinators of thePortuguese consortium and of the LTI admissions (Isabel Trancoso/LoriLevin): Isabel.Trancoso at inesc-id dot pt lsl at cs dot cmu dot edu All questions about the joint degree doctoral program should be directedto these two addresses. The applications will be screened by a joint committee formed byrepresentatives of LTI and representatives of the PortugueseUniversities involved in the joint degree program. The candidates shouldindicate their scores in GRE and TOEFL tests.Letters of recommendation are due by January 3rd. Despite this particular focus on the Portuguese language, applicationsare not restricted to native or non-native speakers of Portuguese. 
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