[Elsnet-list] Research Position at Stanford CSLI: Dialogue Understanding and Dialogue Management

Raquel Fernandez raquel.fernandez at stanford.edu
Wed Aug 6 06:22:29 CEST 2008

	Robust Dialogue Understanding and Dialogue Management

The Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford 
University is seeking a Research Scientist to work on multimodal 
spoken-language dialogue systems, starting as soon as possible, 
preferably 1 September 2008.

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 
natural language processing and 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 human-human, 
human-computer and human-robot 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, dialogue act detection);
- multi-party discourse modeling (e.g. group decision-making,
   collaborative task planning, addressee detection);
- multimodal dialogue management;
- multimodal incremental processing;
- 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 fifteen people, and is 
involved in a number of projects including 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; 
speech-enabled intelligent tutoring systems;  collaborative control of 
teams of robotic devices; and situated human-robot interaction.

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.

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 Raquel Fernandez 
({peters,raquelfr}@csli.stanford.edu) for further information.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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