[Elsnet-list] PhD funding: Edinburgh

Frank Keller keller at inf.ed.ac.uk
Thu Dec 17 20:15:19 CET 2009

University of Edinburgh

PhD Studentship in Natural Language Processing
School of Informatics

The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh invites
applications for a three-year PhD studentship on the project
"Synchronous Linguistic and Visual Processing" funded by the European
Research Council. The aim of this project is to investigate the
cognitive processes that unfold when humans view a visual scene and
listen to a speech stimulus at the same time. The project encompasses
both experimental research using eye-tracking and computational work
using machine learning and probabilistic modeling.

The successful candidate will have a good honors degree or equivalent
in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer
science, or a related discipline. He/she will have strong programming
skills and previous experience in natural language processing, e.g.,
in parsing, grammar induction, or machine translation.  Experience
with machine learning and probabilistic modeling techniques is

The successful candidate will work as part of a team of experts in
linguistic and visual processing; he/she will contribute to the
design, implementation, and evaluation of a synchronous grammar model
that aligns linguistic and visual input, and simulates human
eye-movement data for the same task.

The studentship will provide maintenance only funding at an enhanced
research council rate. Both UK/EU and overseas candidates are
encouraged to apply. The start date of the studentship is flexible,
but can be no later than September 1, 2010.

For further information please contact Dr. Frank Keller
(keller at inf.ed.ac.uk). Application forms and details on how to apply
are available from:


More information about the project can be found at:


On your application, please indicate "ERC Studentship: Synchronous

Application deadline: February 20, 2010.

Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this
cannot be guaranteed.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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