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LINGUIST List 16.1330

Mon Apr 25 2005

Jobs: Speech Recognition/Synthesis: Post Doc, Stanford U

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        1.    Nikhila Pai, Speech Recognition/Synthesis: Post Doc, Stanford University, CA, USA


Message 1: Speech Recognition/Synthesis: Post Doc, Stanford University, CA, USA
Date: 25-Apr-2005
From: Nikhila Pai <nikhila.paistanford.edu>
Subject: Speech Recognition/Synthesis: Post Doc, Stanford University, CA, USA


University or Organization: Stanford Univertsity
Department: Linguistics
Job Rank: Post Doc
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Speech Recognition/Synthesis


Description:

Position 1: Postdoctoral Researcher in Speech Recognition
The Stanford NLP Group seeks to hire an outstanding postdoctoral researcher
in speech recognition, emphasizing skills in machine learning and
high-level knowledge-based approaches to language. Particular topics of
interest include the incorporation of spoken parse structures and discourse
and prosodic information early in the speech recognition process, and the
use of word-specific discriminative classifiers, particularly for highly
confusable words such as function words and filled pauses. The emphasis is
on the use of both complex linguistic representations and features, and
machine learning techniques such as dynamic graphical models and
discriminative models. An ideal candidate is a recent PhD in computer
science, linguistics, or electrical engineering, who has hands-on
experience with spoken language processing, good formal background in
machine learning techniques, and exposure to higher-level natural language
processing and linguistic structure. We're looking for someone with strong
computational and mathematical skills, good organizational skills, and the
ability to be part of and show leadership within a team. The work will be
part of a new grant-funded project 'Human-Like Speech Processing' run at
Stanford by Dan Jurafsky and Christopher Manning, in collaboration with
partners at the University of Washington and the University of Southern
California. A postdoc would need to contribute to the goals of this
project, and participate in project reviews and evaluations. The postdoc
will join a leading interdisciplinary speech and language processing group
with strengths in speech recognition, statistical natural language
processing, dialogue understanding, and psycholinguistic models of language
processing and development. See http://nlp.stanford.edu/> for more
information. The position is available for 2 years, subject to satisfactory
performance.

Position 2: Postdoctoral Researcher in Speech Synthesis
Stanford University seeks to hire an outstanding postdoctoral researcher in
computer speech synthesis. The goals of this research effort are to
generate prosodic structure appropriate for communicating specific meanings
and information structures. Specific topics of interests include the role
of prosody in synthesis, particularly of expressive and emotional speech,
improved synthesis of function words in various prosodic environments, new
probabilistic algorithms for synthesis and prosody, and research on speech
recognition that addresses links to these aspects of synthesis. An ideal
candidate is a recent PhD in computer science, linguistics, or electrical
engineering, with research experience in spoken language processing,
knowledge of prosody, and familiarity with machine learning. We're looking
for someone with strong computational skills and good linguistic background.
The work is part of a grant-funded project 'Expressive Prosody for Speech
Synthesis', run at Stanford by Dan Jurafsky, in collaboration with Simon
King, Rob Clark, and Mark Steedman at the University of Edinburgh, and the
postdoc would need to help contribute to the goals of the project.
You would be joining a leading interdisciplinary speech and language
processing group with strengths in speech recognition, statistical natural
language processing, dialogue understanding, and psycholinguistic models of
language processing and development. The position is available for 1 year, with
an additional year possible subject to satisfactory performance. To apply,
please email a cover letter, emphasizing relevant background and project
experience, a CV, a one-page statement of research interests, and arrange for 2
or 3 references to be sent to the address below. Stanford University is an equal
opportunity, affirmative action employer.


Address for Applications:

Department Manager Nikhila Pai
450 Serra Mall, Building 460
MC 2150
Stanford, CA 94305-2150
United States of America

Application Deadline: 10-May-2005

Contact Information

Jurafsky
Phone: 650-723-4284
Website: http://www-linguistics.stanford.edu/

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