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LINGUIST List 16.1744

Fri Jun 03 2005

Jobs: Computational Ling: PhD Student, U Aberdeen

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        1.    Kees van Deemter, Computational Linguistics: PhD Research Student, University of Aberdeen, UK

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: PhD Research Student, University of Aberdeen, UK
Date: 03-Jun-2005
From: Kees van Deemter <kvdeemtercsd.abdn.ac.uk>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: PhD Research Student, University of Aberdeen, UK

University or Organization: University of Aberdeen
Department: Computing Science
Job Rank: PhD research student
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


Managing Ambiguity in Generated Text

This funded studentship will investigate the possibilities
for letting a Natural Language Generation program *avoid
ambiguities* in generated texts when these ambiguities
are likely to lead to misunderstandings. Two types of
challenges are anticipated: firstly, to use language
corpora to estimate computationally the likelihood of
misunderstandings; secondly, to sensibly balance the
likelihood of misunderstandings against other issues.
(For example, an ambiguity may only be avoided at the
cost of an increased size or a diminished readability
of the generated text). This PhD project is connected
with the EPSRC-funded `Controlled Generation of Text'
(COGENT) project, which involves researchers from the
Universities of Sussex, Brighton, and Aberdeen.

Applicants should hold a good degree in one of the
disciplines relevant to Computational Linguistics.
Knowledge of Natural Language Generation, statistical
parsing, and formal semantics of natural language
would be ideal.

This Studentship is funded under Aberdeen's Sixth Century
programme. Studentship comprises fees at Home/EU rate
£3,085 (fees for international students are not covered),
and Subsistence at £12,000 per annum for three years.

Applications should be sent to Postgraduate Registry only,
by 15 July. For details of the procedure, please refer to:


Address for Applications

Postgraduate Registry
King's College
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen, Scotland AB24 3FX
United Kingdom

Application Deadline: 15-Jul-2005

Contact Information:

Dr Kees van Deemter
Email: kvdeemtercsd.abdn.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1224 272298
Department of Computing
Science, King's College, University of Aberdeen

Secretary: Jennie Dick (email ccameroncsd.abdn.ac.uk)
Phone: 01224 272296
Website: http://www.csd.abdn.ac.uk/

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