LINGUIST List 15.2531

Sat Sep 11 2004

Jobs: English/Text/Corpus Ling: Post Doc, CEA France

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  1. Gregory.Grefenstette, Jobs: English & Text/corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, CEA France, France

Message 1: Jobs: English & Text/corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, CEA France, France

Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 10:51:31 -0400 (EDT)
From: Gregory.Grefenstette <>
Subject: Jobs: English & Text/corpus Linguistics: Post Doc, CEA France, France

University or Organization: CEA France
Department: LIC2M Multimedia multilingual laboratory
Rank of Job: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Text/Corpus Linguistics
Required Language(s): English
 (Code = ENG)


MUSCLE Internal Fellowship Program
Project: Creation of a large-scale image ontology.

Name of the hosting institutes

17-CEA, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
Scientist to host the fellow:
E-mail: Phone number: 33-146549656

05-BILKENT, Turkey
Scientist to host the fellow:
Phone number: 90 - 312 - 290 31 43

An unresolved, general problem is recognizing objects in images. We
propose exploiting written language resources and web-based image
mining for building a large-scale visual dictionary.

The project involves using text analysis and lexical resources to
identify objects that might be found in a picture, and then
constituting a large visual dictionary of those objects by trawling
image repositories on the Web. This post-doc would be expected to
produce a system that would construct an image ontology for tens of
thousands of objects and comprising millions of images.

This post doc addresses itself to a researcher having experience in both
text processing and image processing. Text processing here involves creating
an ontology of objects that can appear in a picture. Research involved in
linguistics concerns producing an automated method for identifying from a
large text corpus which terms refer to something that can appear in an

For example, from lexical resources or text mining, the post-doc's
system might identify that an ''English Toy Spaniel'' is a type of dog.
This fact would be automatically included in the ontology and then the
system built by the researcher would automatically gather images of
that animal. In a further step, these images would be used to create a
signature for the image of an ''English Toy Spaniel.'' In such a way, a
very large image ontology would be created.

Research involves identifying portrayable objects in text, and
extracting image signatures for each collection of objects. Such a
project ideally requires a post-doc who has experience both with image
processing and text mining. The benefits for multimedia understanding
are vast, since we currently have no list of what objects can be found
in an image, and no large representative sets of images for all these
objects. Description of the proposed joint programme of activities

The post-doc will spend the first nine-months at the CEA in France,
studying the problem of building a large-scale image ontology. The
definition of the ontology contents, and development of tools for
mining the images for the ontology for the web would be completed at
the CEA. As much of the ontology as possible would be instantiated at
the CEA. Initial exploration of creating object signatures would be
begun using the CEA image indexing tools.

The next nine-months would take this partially instantiated ontology
to Bilkent where complete signatures would be built for all objects
the ontology and experimentaton on object recognition using this
ontology would be performed.

Remuneration: The Fellow will receive a fixed stipend per month. Each
and every Fellow, regardless of the location of the hosting institute,
will receive 29 660 Euro net per year, or approximately 2 470 Euro net
per month. For insurance questions see,

- 1st October 2004 Closing date for candidates to
 apply; Negotiation between the receiving 
				 institutes and the selected
Fellows begins:
- 1st November 2004 End of negotiation period
- 1st March 2005 at latest Fellowship periods begin

Address for Applications:

	Attn: Dr. Gregory Grefenstette
	Commissariat a l Energie Atomique B.P. 6
	18 route du Panorama
	Fontenay-aux-Roses, 92265
	Applications are due by 01-Oct-2004 

Contact Information:

	Dr. Gregory Grefenstette
	Tel: +33 1 46 54 96 56
	Fax: +33 1 46 54 91 15

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