[Elsnet-list] Research position available in Natural Language Processing

Oliver Lemon olemon at gmail.com
Fri Jun 15 09:45:13 CEST 2012

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Research Associate in incremental Spoken Dialogue Systems for Hyper-local Search


 The Interaction Lab,
 School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences (MACS),
 Heriot-Watt University

Applications are sought for a Research Associate post in the
Interaction Lab in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences.
The Research Associate will work primarily on the EC FP7 project
"PARLANCE" to investigate and develop incremental, dynamic spoken
dialogue systems. Working with industry partners Yahoo!, the post will
involve creating voice-enabled hyper-local search applications.

The post is available for 26 months (starting September 2012).  The
grade will be either 7 or 8 based on candidate qualifications and
experience. Grade 7 candidates will be expected to conduct individual
and collaborative research achieving project goals in a timely manner.
Grade 8 will entail greater responsibility developing research
objectives, projects and proposals as well as other responsibilities.

Essential Criteria:

Experience (at PhD level or equivalent) with machine learning and/or
Dialogue Systems and/or Natural Language Generation (NLG)  and/or
Natural Language Processing (NLP) systems.
Programming ability in Java and/or C++ and/or Python.
Experience with collection and analysis of dialogue data.
Experience of evaluation methodologies for dialogue interfaces.

Desirable Criteria:

Experience in incremental Spoken Dialogue Systems research and development.
Experience with user simulations.
Experience with user modelling.
Familiarity with Reinforcement Learning theory and statistical models
such as POMDPs.
Experience in statistical modelling and analysis.
Collaborative research experience.
Publications and existing international research profile in the field
of spoken dialogue systems.

For further information about any aspects of this post, potential
applicants are welcome to contact, in confidence, Dr. Helen Hastie,
via  H.Hastie at hw.ac.uk or +44 131 451 3344.

Additional information may also be found on the University, School and
CS WWW pages: www.macs.hw.ac.uk/interactionlab or http://www.hw.ac.uk/
 http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/ http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/cs/

For application details see our website www.hw.ac.uk/jobs or contact
the Human Resources Office, Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh EH14 4AS
tel  0131-451-3022 (24 hours) email hr at hw.ac.uk   quoting Ref

Closing date:   20 July

The Interaction Lab:  http://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/InteractionLab
Heriot-Watt University is a Scottish charity
registered under charity number SC000278.

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