LINGUIST List 12.2823

Sun Nov 11 2001

Support: PhD in Language Technology & Cognitive Systems

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  1. Matthew Crocker, PhD Studentships: Saarbruecken-Edinburgh

Message 1: PhD Studentships: Saarbruecken-Edinburgh

Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2001 15:20:13 +0100
From: Matthew Crocker <crockerCoLi.Uni-SB.DE>
Subject: PhD Studentships: Saarbruecken-Edinburgh

Saarland University is pleased to announce the availability of 
three doctoral scholarships within the recently established

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

starting in April 1st, 2002. Each scholarship will be funded for 
two years (extendable to three years). Doctoral degrees may be obtained in
computational linguistics, phonetics, and informatics (computer 
science), from Saarland University.

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:

* 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)
* language understanding

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, preferably at the Masters level (equivalent to German Diplom) and
should not be more than 28 years of age. Female scientists and 
international students are particularly encouraged to apply. Applications should 

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 degree 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, 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 (hardcopy format strongly preferred) to 
the speaker of the college (see address below). Closing date for applications is
Dec 14th, 2001.

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

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