[Elsnet-list] Ph.D. positions available in NLP & Narrative / FIU, Miami, FL

Mark Finlayson markaf at fiu.edu
Thu Dec 4 23:58:21 CET 2014

School of Computing and Information Sciences
Florida International University
Miami, Florida, United States

Fully-funded Ph.D. Positions Available in:

-Natural Language Processing (NLP) / Computational Linguistics / Corpus Annotation
-Cognitive Modeling / Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Cognitive Science
-Computational Narrative / Digital Humanities (DH)

Professor Mark Finlayson (Ph.D., MIT, 2012) of the School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) at Florida International University (FIU) seeks exceptionally qualified candidates for fully-funded Ph.D. Research Assistantships in the above listed areas. Dr. Finlayson is starting a new laboratory focusing on computational linguistics and the science of narrative, including understanding the relationship between narrative, cognition, and culture, developing new methods and techniques for investigating questions related to language and narrative, and endowing machines with the ability to understand and use narratives for a variety of applications.  For more information on Dr. Finlayson’s work, visit http://cs.fiu.edu/~markaf. 

Example research topics in the lab include:
-Creating new machine learning techniques for extracting and using narrative structure and narrative tropes
-Testing, in a scientific manner, theories proposed by narratologists, literary theorists, and cultural critics
-Studying how culture is transmitted via narrative
-Investigating how narratives are used to influence, convince, or explain 
-Understanding how narratives are used in education, for example, in Law, Business, or Medicine
-Developing new NLP technology for automatically processing complex language artifacts, e.g., extracting information such as time, events, characters, deep semantics, and metaphor

Average time to a Ph.D. degree at SCIS is approximately 4.5 years, and graduating students will be well placed to pursue research careers in academia and industry. SCIS is a rapidly growing program of excellence at FIU, with 30 tenure-track faculty members and over 1,800 students, including over 80 Ph.D. students. SCIS offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science, an M.S. degree in Telecommunications and Networking, and B.S., B.A., and M.S. degrees in Information Technology. SCIS has received over $22M in the last four years in external research funding, has six research centers/clusters with first-class computing and support infrastructure, and enjoys broad and dynamic industry and international partnerships.  SCIS is also closely involved in Miami’s nascent, yet burgeoning, technology startup scene.  For more information about SCIS, visit http://www.cs.fiu.edu/. 

FIU is South Florida’s public research university with colleges and schools that offers more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $9.8 billion each year to the local economy, and emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses. FIU’s main campus is located in Miami, where the temperature rarely falls below 75ºF (25ºC). The beautiful weather, pristine beaches, and Latin food and culture are prime attractions. Miami International Airport provides easy access to the continental U.S., Europe, South and Central America, and Caribbean.  For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

Application Instructions

Qualified applicants should first contact Professor Mark Finlayson (markaf at fiu.edu) with a CV to request a face-to-face interview over video chat. Following that, applicants should apply through the FIU online graduate school application at http://gradschool.fiu.edu/admissions.shtml. The application deadline is February 15, 2015, but applicants are encouraged to begin the process as soon as possible.  When applicants have been assigned a PantherID number, they should send it to Dr. Finlayson so he can locate their application in the system.

Mark A. Finlayson
Assistant Professor, FIU SCIS
11200 SW 8th Street, ECS Room 362, Miami, FL 33199
+1.305.348.7988 (office); +1.617.515.0708 (mobile); markaf at fiu.edu
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