LINGUIST List 12.3147

Thu Dec 20 2001

Jobs: Dialogue Research: Senior Researcher, UK

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  1. Uwe Jost, Dialogue Research: Researcher at Canon Research Europe Ltd, England

Message 1: Dialogue Research: Researcher at Canon Research Europe Ltd, England

Date: 19 Dec 2001 16:40:17 -0000
From: Uwe Jost <>
Subject: Dialogue Research: Researcher at Canon Research Europe Ltd, England

Rank of Job: [Senior] Researcher
Areas Required: Multi-modal Dialogue Research
Other Desired Areas: Speech/NL
University or Organization: Canon Research Europe Ltd
Department: Interaction
State or Province: Berkshire
Country: England
Final Date of Application: 19/1/02
Contact: Uwe Jost

Address for Applications:
The Braccans
Berkshire RG12 2XH

Multi-modal dialogue systems research at Canon (Bracknell, UK, near

Canon Research Europe Ltd (CRE) has been working on speech technology
for more than 10 years, resulting in applications within Canon
products and 3rd party licensing deals. More recently, we have started
work in the area of multi-modal user interfaces, focusing on
integrating speech with other modalities, such as GUI, buttons, pen,
haptic etc. This work is motivated by concrete business requirements,
carried out in close collaboration with a Canon research group in
Japan and synchronised with an upcoming International Standard for a
multi-modal markup language. We are currently expanding activities in
this area and are inviting applications from experienced researchers
and exceptional recent graduates for the following position in the
Interaction group:

[SENIOR] RESEARCHER - multi-modal dialogue systems.

Applicants should have:

* Initiative, flexibility and the ability to pick up new skills
* A university degree and ideally several years of research experience
in multi-modal dialogue systems.
* Very good programming skills.
* A strong desire to apply research results for developing world-class
* Excellent self-management as well as team working skills.

Experience with practical multi-modal dialogue systems would be a
distinct advantage.

A relevant higher degree or expertise in any of the following would also
be beneficial:

* Multi-modal interfaces.
* Dialogue modelling and dialogue strategies.
* Dialogue system architectures.
* Multi-modal grammars.
* XML or XML-based markup languages.
* Speech recognition technology.
* User interface design.
* JAVA, C/C++, OOD.

The position is currently offered for a fixed term (2 years) but
likely to become permanent.

We believe that top-quality research results are best achieved by
agreeing on shared goals and supporting people to achieve their
ambitions. Consequently, we offer a very informal, stimulating and
flexible working environment (e.g. no core hours flexitime).

We also offer:

* A competitive salary: �30,000 - �50,000 (approx. Euro 48,000 -
80,000), depending on experience.
* Generous benefits package (health insurance, pension scheme, etc).

For informal enquiries about the positions, please e-mail Yuan Shao: or Uwe Jost (

To apply please send, fax or e-mail your CV with a covering letter,
quoting reference J30, to:
The Recruitment Manager
Canon Research Centre Europe Ltd
The Braccans,
London Road, Bracknell,
Berkshire, RG12 2XH
United Kingdom 
Phone: +44 (0)1344 354800
Fax: +44 (0)1344 354801

Canon has over 75,000 employees worldwide. Well known for its wide
range of top quality products, Canon is taking a lead in developing
electronic and automation technologies to enhance ease of use. One key
to Canon's success has been a spirit of meeting new technology
challenges and at CRE you will have the opportunity to make a
significant contribution to this.

Because of British Law, preference will be given to applicants who
already have the right to work in the United Kingdom.
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