LINGUIST List 11.1861

Mon Sep 4 2000

Jobs: Comp Ling, U of the Applied Sciences Germany

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  1. Brigitte Endres-Niggemeyer, Comp Ling: WWW Summarizing, U of the Applied Sciences, Germany

Message 1: Comp Ling: WWW Summarizing, U of the Applied Sciences, Germany

Date: 4 Sep 2000 18:11:52 -0000
From: Brigitte Endres-Niggemeyer <>
Subject: Comp Ling: WWW Summarizing, U of the Applied Sciences, Germany

Rank of Job: 
Areas Required: WWW Summarizing for Bone Marrow Transplantation
Other Desired Areas: 
University or Organization: University of the Applied Sciences
Department: Information and Communication
State or Province: Lower Saxony
Country: Germany
Final Date of Application: Sept. 30th, 2000
Contact: Brigitte Endres-Niggemeyer

Address for Applications:
Ricklinger Stadtweg 120

Computational linguist / AI researcher wanted!

Your Task:

Your core task is the integration of a cognitively founded WWW
summarization system, using some ready-made components and developing
other subsystems from scratch. The job has also empirical perspectives
in formative evaluation. Student research assistants will help you.

Your Qualifications:

We expect a solid computer science education. A PhD is fine, but not
strictly necessary. You will need WWW technologies, programming skills
and your background in AI and/or computational linguistics. If you are
interested in medicine and hospital information systems - all the

Working Conditions and Contract:

You will join a distributed interdisciplinary team at the University of
the Applied Sciences and the Medical School of Hanover in Northern
Germany. Your physical working place will be at the Medical School.
English is acceptable as a working language. 
We want to hire a qualified and motivated colleague as soon as possible.
The salary follows the normal BAT IIa rate for researchers in German
public service. It is sensitive to age, marital status and number of
children. The contract covers two years. Since the project is supported
by the Ger-man Science Foundation (DFG), some specific DFG conditions
apply. We intend to pursue the approach till application.

Some Essentials of System Development:

We are beginning a cognitively founded WWW summarization system for Bone
Marrow Transplantation (BMT), a highly specialized field of internal
- The system language is English, with some limited German search
- Summarization is supported by an ontology of the domain. We develop it
 empirically, starting with a corpus of recent BMT papers, then testing
 and expanding the ontology in its application environment. 
- Cognitively founded agents perform the core summarization tasks. They
 cooperate in a blackboard model. Most of them are known from earlier
 research, but not yet fit for real-world application. Domain-specific
 agents must be added.
- Third party components - parser, RST analysis - are integrated. We
 search the WWW and Medline, we exploit UMLS, WordNet and other resources.
- The target system will run on a Mac and Sun platform. WWW access
 starts with Mac OS tools. Our own summarization agents will be
 programmed in LISP. 
- We adhere to the principles of user-centered system design. Users have
 participated in project design from the early beginnings. 

You find additional information at

Please send e-mail inquiries and applications (with CV and list of
publications) to:

Brigitte Endres-Niggemeyer, Prof. Dr. phil. habil., 
University of theApplied Sciences
Bernd Hertenstein, PD Dr. med., Medical School
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