[Elsnet-list] MSc/PhD studentship at Dublin City University, Ireland

Gareth Jones Gareth.Jones at computing.dcu.ie
Tue Dec 23 15:18:34 CET 2008

MSc/PhD studentship at Dublin City University, Ireland

The Centre for Digital Video Processing (CDVP), Dublin City University, 
Ireland is seeking a MSc/PhD research student to join the "IISSCoS: 
Improving Indexing for Search of Spontaneous Conversational Speech" 

The primary aim of the IISSCoS project is to explore novel methods for 
improving the automated speech recognition, indexing and annotation of 
spoken content for search applications.

Increasing amounts of digitally recorded audio are becoming available 
from many different sources. Such recordings include media materials, 
ranging from traditional broadcast radio and TV to Podcasts available on 
the internet, corporate materials, and teaching and learning resources. 
The full value of much of this material can only be realised if it is 
possible to search it efficiently for relevant or interesting content. 
Given the large volume of material and the high cost of manual 
transcription, this requires that the content must be automatically 
indexed by recognising elements within this content and often by 
automatically assigning labels describing the topics covered. This 
recognition process often represents a significant challenge since much 
of this material will contain spontaneous and/or conversational spoken 
content. Current speech recognition systems typically make large numbers 
of errors arising from the complexity of the acoustic signal and because 
of their fixed vocabulary. Words outside this vocabulary cannot be used 
to search the data, and often assumed context knowledge means that 
important concepts are not articulated in the speech.

The IISSCoS project specifically aims to address the challenges of 
developing new technologies to address these issues, and is currently 
seeking a suitably qualified candidate for a studentship position on the 

Candidates for this position should have a first or upper second degree 
or equivalent in a relevant discipline such as engineering or computing 
science preferably with an interest in speech technology or natural 
language processing.

This studentship is fully funded by Science Foundation Ireland. The 
position is available from 1st March 2009, and the successful applicant 
will be expected to take up the position on or shortly after this date.

The CDVP is a very active group conducting research into a wide variety 
of search and information management technologies. Full details can be 
found at: www.cdvp.dcu.ie.

Interested candidates should forward a current CV with names of two 
referees and a short note describing their interest in joining the 
IISSCoS project, via email to the project investigator Dr Gareth Jones 
(Gareth.Jones at computing.dcu.ie). Informal enquiries are also welcome.

The closing date for applications is 16th January 2009.

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