[Elsnet-list] Job and PhD Opportunities at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories

Metze, Florian Florian.Metze at telekom.de
Sun Feb 17 22:17:28 CET 2008

Dear Madam, dear Sir,


   could you please include the following information in the elsnet jobs section?


Thank you very much in advance, kind regards,


 Florian Metze





Job and PhD Opportunities at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories


Research in Speech Technology and Usability


Deutsche Telekom Laboratories (T-Labs, http://www.laboratories.telekom.com/) as an "An-Institut" of Technische Universität Berlin (TUB) is funded and supported by Deutsche Telekom AG, owner of the T-Mobile brand in several countries. Located in the heart of Berlin, T-Labs can offer both academic freedom and access to industry resources.


Under the general paradigm of "usability", T-Labs researchers are currently involved in a number of academic and industrial R&D projects and are looking to expand their strengths in the area of audio processing, with a focus on recognition of distant speech, meta-data extraction as well as language and dialog modeling. Our goal is to both improve currently deployed IVR systems and to provide ideas and consulting for future voice-based services. In this setting, "word error rate" is only one optimization criterion among many and it is not our primary target to fundamentally change the core technology, but to improve and make usable, what is conceivable today.


We are offering two- to six-year positions suitable for recent PhD in speech recognition or related fields, with a desire to further strengthen their academic credentials, but also have a strong interest in getting their research results transferred to production systems. In collaboration with the chair of quality and usability at TUB (http://www.tu-berlin.de/fakultaet_iv/institut_fuer_softwaretechnik_und_theoretische_informatik/sprofessur_usability/), we also offer the possibility to work towards a PhD within T-Labs. For these positions, previous experience in speech technology is not mandatory, but still desirable. For both tracks, you should have a strong analytical background, excellent programming skills, be self-motivated and have good communication skills. Knowledge of the German language however is not required. Interest in commercial applications of speech recognition and an understanding of business aspects is a plus.


Depending on your interest and qualification profile, we may be able to arrange for opportunities including collaboration with external partners, too.


Our current research focus is on:


* Robustness against environmental conditions 

  * Single channel de-noising, echo cancellation as preprocessing for ASR 

* Acoustic models suited for distant microphones 

  * Channel adaptive/ normalized training 

  * Wide context clustering for robustness against room acoustics 

* Comparisons between research toolkits and commercial toolkits using statistical language models 

* Work on real-world telephony data 

* Keyword spotting and topic detection, mainly on calls "lost" by the current IVR 

* Clustering of unknown segments for novelty detection (i.e. upcoming topics) 

* Meta-data (age, gender, emotion) extraction and processing 

* Speech recognition in smart-home environments 

* Dialog systems 


Your qualification profile:


* Strong team player, good communication skills, self-motivated personality. 

* Interested in working in a strategic corporate environment. 

* Interest and/ or experience in speech processing. 

* Software skills 

  * C/ C++, Tcl/ Tk, Python, Java 

* Linux and Windows 

* Research or industry ASR software 

* Office software 

* Languages 

  * English 

* German a plus 

* Education 

* CS, EE, Maths, Physics and related disciplines 

* Diploma/ Masters or PhD 


For further information please contact:


Dr. Florian Metze

florian.metze at telekom.de

Tel.: +49 (30) 8353-58478




Dr. Florian Metze
Senior Research Scientist
Technische Universität Berlin, Deutsche Telekom Laboratories
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7, D-10587 Berlin 
+49 30 8353 58478 (Fon)
+49 30 8353 58409 (Fax)
e-mail: florian.metze at telekom.de

Deutsche Telekom AG
Aufsichtsrat: Dr. Klaus Zumwinkel (Vorsitzender)
Vorstand: René Obermann (Vorsitzender), Dr. Karl-Gerhard Eick (stellvertretender Vorsitzender), Hamid Akhavan, Reinhard Clemens, Timotheus Höttges, Thomas Sattelberger 
Handelsregister: Amtsgericht Bonn HRB 6794, Sitz der Gesellschaft: Bonn, WEEE-Reg.-Nr.: DE50478376



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