[Elsnet-list] PhD in Computational Linguistics, Dialogue Processing

David Schlangen david.schlangen at uni-bielefeld.de
Mon Feb 21 13:12:15 CET 2011


The Graduate School "Cognitive Interaction Technology" at Bielefeld
University invites applications for ONE PhD Grant starting in
early 2011. 

The successful candidate will be member of the newly established
Dialogue Systems Group at the Faculty for Linguistics and Literature
of the University, and will be supervised by Prof. David Schlangen. A
current focus of this group is incremental dialogue processing, with a
particular interest in incremental interpretation (using both symbolic
and statistical approaches). Interest in these topics or generally in
dialogue systems and spoken interaction will be expected of the

Ideal candidates for the studentship have an excellent degree in
Computational Linguistics, Linguistics, or Computer Science, and have
shown ability for conducting original research. Prior work on dialogue
systems and/or spoken language processing would be a definite plus.
Good programming skills are important, a keen interest in problem
solving and research is essential. 

The studentship will initially run until November 2012, but, subject
to renewal of federal funding for the Center of Excellence and the
Graduate School, will be extended to a total of 36 months. The
grant pays around 1,400 Euro per month as a stipend (i.e., normally
income tax free).


The Center of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at
Bielefeld University has been established in the framework of the
Excellence Initiative as a research center for intelligent systems and
cognitive interaction between humans and technical systems. The CITEC
agenda comprises the central topics of motion intelligence, attentive
systems, situated communication, and memory and learning. It combines
the knowledge of computer scientists, biologists, physicists, sports
scientists, linguists and psychologists in order to understand the
processes and functional constituents of cognitive interaction. In
addition, research and development are directed towards establishing
cognitive interfaces that facilitate the use of complex technical


To apply, please send (preferably in electronic form)
- a statement of research interests and/or a sketch of a possible
  PhD project within the parameters explained above;
- a CV, including details of research experience;
- if applicable, (links to) sample publications and / or sample
  programming code; and 
- addresses of at least two referees
to the address below.

Applications will be accepted until March 20 2011; Interviews are
planned for April. 

If you need further information, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Prof. Dr. David Schlangen
Faculty of Linguistics and Literature
and Excellence Cluster "Cognitive Interaction Technology" (CITEC)
Bielefeld University
Postfach/Postbox 10 01 31 
D-33501 Bielefeld

david.schlangen at uni-bielefeld.de

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