[Elsnet-list] Research position available: machine learning and dialogue systems

Oliver Lemon olemon at gmail.com
Mon Apr 18 10:44:08 CEST 2011


The webpage for applications is now available at:
http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers/job-opportunities/5594.htm

(deadline 13th May 2011)

On 8 April 2011 14:54, Oliver Lemon <olemon at gmail.com> wrote:
> (Please distribute the following announcement)
>
> Research Associate in Machine Learning for Strategic Dialogue Systems
> (36 months)
>
> The Interaction Lab,
> School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS),
> Heriot-Watt University
>
> Description of the post:
>
> The Research Associate will work primarily on an adventurous new EC
> project "Strategic Conversation" (STAC) to investigate, develop, and
> evaluate data-driven Machine Learning approaches to Strategic Dialogue
> Management, where dialogue participants can be non-cooperative.
>
> The post will be located in the Interaction Lab at Heriot-Watt
> University's School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS), see
> www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab . The successful candidate will join
> a group of 8 postdoctoral researchers. The project is a collaboration
> between the Universities of Toulouse and Edinburgh, and Heriot-Watt
> University.
>
> The post is available for 36 months (starting June 2011) in the first
> instance, with opportunities for extension.
>
> Principal Duties:
>
> Detailed research duties are to implement, train, and evaluate machine
> learning models of non-cooperative dialogue management, to implement
> and evaluate user simulations from dialogue data, and to collect and
> analyse spoken dialogue data. The successful applicant will also
> present the research outputs at project meetings and international
> conferences.
>
> The main duties of the post are to perform collaborative research on
> the project, to contribute to project tasks as described in the
> workplan, to write and submit research articles, and to participate in
> EC project research meetings and international conferences.
>
>
> Key Objectives:
>
> - To implement and evaluate machine learning approaches to strategic,
> non-cooperative dialogue management.
>
> - To implement and evaluate user simulations from dialogue data.
>
> - To collect and analyse dialogue data.
>
> - To complete project tasks as specified in the project workplan.
>
> Essential Criteria:
>
> - Experience (at PhD level or equivalent) with machine learning and/or
> Dialogue Systems.
>
> - Programming ability in Java and/or C++ and/or Python
>
> - Some familiarity with Reinforcement Learning theory and tools.
>
> - Experience with collection and analysis of dialogue data.
>
> - Experience of evaluation methodologies for dialogue interfaces.
>
> - Experience in statistical modelling and analysis.
>
> Desirable Criteria:
>
> - Background in dialogue modelling and/or game theory
>
> - Experience with Partially Observable Markov Decision Processes (POMDPs)
>
> - Collaborative research experience.
>
> - Publications and existing international research profile in the
> field of spoken dialogue systems and/or Machine Learning
>
> Contact: please contact Prof. Oliver Lemon and Dr. Helen Hastie
> (o.lemon,h.hastie AT hw.ac.uk) for further information.
>
> Closing date for applications: 10th of May 2011
>
> Application procedure: formal applications should be made using:
> http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers/job-opportunities/research-vacancies.htm
>
> --
> --------------------------------------
> Oliver Lemon
> Professor, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
> The Interaction Lab:  http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab
> Heriot-Watt University
> Edinburgh , EH14 4AS
> http://sites.google.com/site/olemon
> --------------------------------------
> Heriot-Watt University is a Scottish charity
> registered under charity number SC000278.
>



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Oliver Lemon
Professor, School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
The Interaction Lab:  http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh , EH14 4AS
http://sites.google.com/site/olemon
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Heriot-Watt University is a Scottish charity
registered under charity number SC000278.


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