LINGUIST List 13.1554

Thu May 30 2002

Jobs: Speech/Lang Modelling: Scientist, London UK

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  1. Rachael West, Speech/Language Modelling: Scientist at Voice Futures, London UK

Message 1: Speech/Language Modelling: Scientist at Voice Futures, London UK

Date: 30 May 2002 12:05:10 -0000
From: Rachael West <>
Subject: Speech/Language Modelling: Scientist at Voice Futures, London UK

Rank of Job: Scientist
Areas Required: Speech/Language Modelling Scientist
Other Desired Areas: 
University or Organization: Voice Futures
State or Province: London
Country: UK
Final Date of Application: August 2002
Contact: Rachael West

Address for Applications:
pls apply via email or telephone

Reference 03VSLMS

Speech/Language Modelling Scientist

Unique opportunity to work at the leading edge of research and
development within natural language speech recognition and be based in
the centre of London, UK.

Exciting opportunities for scientists contributing to the design &
development of a new class of natural language speech recognition
solutions. This role will be part of an international team working
towards the production of a true natural language and mixed-initiative
Virtual Personal Assistant. The VPA will embody conversational
interaction, incorporating multi-modal input and output in a mobile
device with access to agenda, email and contacts and the potential for
rapid integration of other Internet content. The development of
current and new research is required to generate adequate language
recognition models for non-trivial domains and the fusion of
multi-modal information with updated databases (to feed a mobile 3G
service). The project deploys new research in natural language
understanding, specifically: (1) Sophisticated dialogue management
that adapts to the experience and style of the user; and (2) An
advanced language model capable of integrating and unifying several
models of linguistic knowledge.

This is a lead position in unified language modelling and speech
recognition where you will invent new approaches to unified or
hierarchical language modelling.

Ph.D. in language modelling applied to speech recognition or spoken
dialogue systems. Preferably, degree will be in Computer Science or

Background in text based processing in Natural Language is not
appropriate for this particular post unless this was heavily
mathematically based and you have the commensurate degree in
Mathematics but the thesis should have advanced mathematically based
approaches to language modelling as opposed to using known techniques
with a heavy linguistic focus.

Speech Processing experience a plus including an industry track record
from a recognised speech company. 

You should have experience with Hidden Markov Models and a solid grasp
on speech processing as evidenced by course work or thesis. 

DSP experience useful. 

Dynamic organisation with a well focussed and talented team of
developers and scientists working within a stimulating environment.
The work will be undertaken in conjunction with an international
consortium of industry leaders from the commercial and academic

London (central) with some opportunities for European/worldwide

Depending on experience, competitive to secure the most talented and
experienced candidates.


Please apply by email to
Further vacancies within the Speech Recognition field can be seen at
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