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Tue May 22 2001

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  1. Matthew Crocker, Lang Technology & Cognitive Systems: PhD, Saarbruecken-Edinburgh

Message 1: Lang Technology & Cognitive Systems: PhD, Saarbruecken-Edinburgh

Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 14:46:02 +0200
From: Matthew Crocker <crockerCoLi.Uni-SB.DE>
Subject: Lang Technology & Cognitive Systems: PhD, Saarbruecken-Edinburgh

 European Post-Graduate College
 "Language Technology and Cognitive Systems"
 Saarbruecken - Edinburgh

Saarland University is pleased to announce the availability of four doctoral
scholarships, beginning October 1st, 2001, in the above programme.
Doctoral degrees may be obtained in computational linguistics, phonetics,
and informatics, from Saarland University. Each scholarship will be funded
for two years initially (extendable to three years).

The European Post-Graduate College has been established in cooperation
between Saarland University and the University of Edinburgh (Division of
Informatics) - two leading institutions in the fields of computational
linguistics, artificial intelligence and cognitive science who are
collaborating in offering a joint post-graduate education programme. The
cooperation includes

* a six to twelve months research stay in Edinburgh
* joint supervision of dissertations by lecturers from Saarbruecken and
* an intensive research exchange programme between Saarbruecken and
 Edinburgh (including, for example, an annual two-week forum attended by
 college members and lecturers from both centres)

The college focuses on the computational and cognitive foundations of human
language processing, particularly emphasising the following research areas:

* language understanding (including spoken language processing and
 psycholinguistic modelling)
* inference and reasoning
* knowledge representation, lexicon, and ontology
* data-intensive language models (including corpus-based and statistical
 language modelling)
* dialogue and language generation (computational and cognitive models)

Lecturers in Saarbruecken are M. Pinkal, H. Uszkoreit (computational
linguistics), W. Barry (phonetics), M. Crocker (psycholinguistics), M.
Kohlhase, J. Siekmann, G. Smolka, W. Wahlster (informatics/AI). In
Edinburgh, lecturers include M. Fourman, E. Klein, A. Lascarides, C.
Mellish, J. Moore, J. Oberlander, M. Osborne, M. Pickering, M. Steedman, P.
Taylor, B. Webber, and C. Williams.

The scholarship provides up to DM 2,870 per month. Additional compensation
includes family allowance (where applicable), travel funding, and an
additional monthly allowance of approximately DM 1,410 for the stay in

Applicants should hold a strong university degree in one of the relevant
areas, and they should not be more than 28 years of age. Female scientists
and international students are particularly encouraged to apply.
Applications should include

1. a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications, where possible)
2. a sample of written work (e.g. research paper, or dissertation,
 preferably in English)
3. copies of high school and university certificates
4. two references (to be sent directly to the college speaker)
5. an informal cover letter specifying interests, previous knowledge and
 activities in any of the relevant research areas. The letter should
 indicate the area in which the dissertation is to be conducted
 (computational linguistics/psycholinguistics, phonetics, or
 informatics/AI): where possible, it should include a brief outline of
 research interests to be pursued within the scholarship.

Applications should be sent to the speaker of the college (see address
below). Closing date for applications is May 31st, 2001.

 Prof. Dr. Matthew Crocker (Speaker)
 Department of Computational Linguistics
 Saarland University
 P.O. Box 15 11 50
 D-66041 Saarbruecken, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)681 302-6560 E-mail:
Fax: +49 (0)681 302-6561 Internet:

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