LINGUIST List 13.1070

Thu Apr 18 2002

Jobs: Computational Ling: PostDoc, Switzerland

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  1. Jean-Cedric Chappelier, Natural Lang Processing & Man-Machine Dialogue: PostDoc, Switzerland

Message 1: Natural Lang Processing & Man-Machine Dialogue: PostDoc, Switzerland

Date: Thu, 18 Apr 2002 12:00:58 +0200
From: Jean-Cedric Chappelier <>
Subject: Natural Lang Processing & Man-Machine Dialogue: PostDoc, Switzerland

 Post-Doctoral Position

 in Natural Language Processing and Man-Machine Dialogue

at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of EPFL (Switzerland)

The Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LIA) of the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology at Lausanne (EPFL) carries out research
projects in several domains of Language Processing and Man-Machine
Dialogue (probabilistic parsing, content sensitive document
management, information retrieval, text mining) and is involved in
several European projects and industrial collaborations. (URL:

The LIA is currently looking for a Post-Doctoral Research Assistant in
Computer Science to contribute to its research and development
activities in the domain of Man-Machine Dialogue. The foreseen
research activity will take place in the framework of the European
Project INSPIRE (briefly described bellow), for which the selected
candidate would be partly responsible.

Applicants should hold a PhD in Computer Science (or equivalent) or
expect to complete one before the start date. Good knowledge of C/C++
is required. Background in Man-Machine Dialogue and Natural Language
Processing is desirable.

The position is available immediately and runs for 1 year (with
possible continuation). It will be held at EPFL (Lausanne,

The appointment will be in the order of 70'000 CHF a year (~ $42'000,
~ 48'000 euros) depending on the qualification and experience of the

Interested persons should submit a resume to (e-mail preferred):

Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (LIA) 
EPFL, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
IN Ecublens
CH-1015 LAUSANNE, Switzerland
fax: +41 21 693.52.25

Description of the work for EPFL in the INSPIRE Project

INSPIRE European Project (IST-2001 research Programme)

Title: INfotainment management with SPeech Interaction 
 via Remote-microphones and tElephone interfaces

Full Project Abstract:
The proposed project aims at the development of a multilingual
interactive, natural speech dialogue-based assistant for wireless
command and control of home appliances. Emphasis is given on
infotainment equipment and services, due to their high complexity,
which makes advanced dialogue techniques necessary. To this end,
leading-edge technologies available to the partners of the consortium,
i.e. continuous speech recognition, speech synthesis, speaker
identification, etc., will be integrated into a prototype, which will
be extensively tested and optimized. The user of the proposed system
will be able to initiate natural spoken dialogues and ask for
information about the current status of any appliance and/or control
it, requesting assistance on its use, etc. Furthermore, he/she will
be able, to use the connection with the public network, to access
telecommunication voice services etc.

EPFL is involved in the "Dialogue Interaction" Work Package (WP): In
this WP, the dialogue component will be set up. Multilingual Wizard of
Oz (WoZ) experiments will be conducted to determine the dialogue flow
for each language that will be incorporated in the system. A dialogue
simulation tool will be developed and additional user modelling
functionalities will be incorporated to the dialogue component. The
dialogue and language models derived from the WoZ experiments will be
used as bootstrap models for the dialogue system. Subsequently, when
the system is set up, utterances spoken by users will be recorded and
transcribed in order to improve the current dialogue and language

Jean-C�dric Chappelier | WWW:
EPFL, I&C - IIF - LIA, | Tel: +41 21 693.66.83 or .78
INR (Ecublens), CH-1015 Lausanne | Fax: +41 21 693.52.25
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