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Mon Apr 5 2004

Support: Lang Technology: PhD Scholarships, Saarland U

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  1. Matthew Crocker, Lang Technology & Cognitive Systems: PhD Scholarships, Saarland U

Message 1: Lang Technology & Cognitive Systems: PhD Scholarships, Saarland U

Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2004 14:52:36 +0100
From: Matthew Crocker <crockerCoLi.Uni-SB.DE>
Subject: Lang Technology & Cognitive Systems: PhD Scholarships, Saarland U

Saarland University, Saarbruecken, Germany, anticipates the
availability of up to five doctoral scholarships within the:

International Post-Graduate College
"Language Technology and Cognitive Systems"
Saarbruecken - Edinburgh
The International Post-Graduate College, established in 2001, is a
collaborative PhD programme between Saarland University and the
University of Edinburgh - two leading institutions in the fields of
computational linguistics, cognitive science and artificial
intelligence. The participating departments in Saarbruecken are: the
Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics and the
Department of Computer Science. In Edinburgh, the College is supported
by the School of Informatics; the School of Philosophy, Psychology and
Language Sciences; and the Human Communication Research Centre.

Scholarships will begin in October 2004. Each scholarship will be
funded for two years (normally extendable for a third year). Doctoral
degrees may be obtained in computational linguistics, phonetics, or
informatics, from Saarland University. The official language of the
programme is English, and dissertations may be written in German or

The nature of the cooperation includes:
* Joint supervision of dissertations by lecturers from Saarbruecken
 and Edinburgh
* A six to twelve months research stay in Edinburgh
* 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 emphasizing the following
research areas:

* Language understanding (including spoken language processing,
 	cognitive modelling, and experimental psycholinguistics)
* Knowledge representation, inference, the lexicon, and ontologies
* Data-intensive language models (including corpus-based and
 	statistical language processing)
* Dialogue and language generation (computational and cognitive models)

Academic staff in Saarbruecken are W. Barry, M. Crocker, D. Klakow, G.
Kruijff, I. Kruijff-Korbayova, A. Melinger, M. Pinkal, G. Smolka,
H. Uszkoreit, W. Wahlster.

In Edinburgh, participating staff include E. Klein, F. Keller, A.
Lascarides, R. Ladd, J. Moore, J. Oberlander, M. Osborne,
M. Pickering, M. Steedman, and B. Webber.

For more information about the graduate college and current members,
prospective applicants are encouraged to look at our website:

The scholarship currently provides EURO 1468 per month. Additional
compensation includes family allowance (where applicable), travel
funding, support for carrying out experiments, and an additional
monthly allowance of approximately EURO 737 for the duration of the
stay in Edinburgh.

Applicants should hold a strong university degree equivalent to the
German Diplom or Magister (e.g. Master's level), in relevant
discipline. Applicants should not be more than 28 years of age at the
time of taking up the scholarship. Female scientists and international
students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Applications should include:

1. a curriculum vitae indicating degrees obtained, disciplines covered
 (e.g. list of courses or transcript), publications, and other
 relevant experience
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 by the
5. an informal cover letter specifying interests, previous knowledge
 and activities in any of the relevant research areas. The letter
 should indicate the approximate 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

Closing date for applications is May 14, 2004. Applications should be
sent to the speaker of the college:

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

Electronic applications are strongly preferred. Please include all
application materials in a single attachment (e.g. a zipped
directory). Applications should be sent to the e-mail address below,
References may also be sent directly to the e-mail address below.

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