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LINGUIST List 18.1091

Wed Apr 11 2007

Jobs: Spoken Language Dialog Systems: Researcher, Macquarie University

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        1.    Robert Dale, Spoken Language Dialog Systems: Researcher, Macquarie University, Australia

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Message 1: Spoken Language Dialog Systems: Researcher, Macquarie University, Australia
Date: 11-Apr-2007
From: Robert Dale <rdaleics.mq.edu.au>
Subject: Spoken Language Dialog Systems: Researcher, Macquarie University, Australia

University or Organization: Macquarie University
Department: Centre for Language Technology
Web Address: http://www.clt.mq.edu.au

Job Rank: Researcher

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Spoken Language Dialog Systems


The Thinking Head Project, funded by a A$3.4M Australian Research
Council/National Health & Medical Research Council Special Initiative
Thinking Systems grant for 2006-2011, consists of a 15-person research team
made up of computer scientists, engineers, language technologists,
cognitive scientists, and performance artists from a number of universities
in Australia (the University of Western Sydney, Macquarie University,
Flinders University, and the University of Canberra, with involvement also
from Carnegie Mellon University, the Technical University of Denmark, and
Berlin University of Technology).

A four-year postdoctoral research fellowship position at Macquarie
University's Centre for Language Technology will focus on dialog management
and language generation aspects of the embodied conversational agent that
we aim to build. We seek someone who has experience either in the
development of sophisticated dialog systems or in spoken natural language
generation. The successful candidate will (a) contribute to the development
of the general framework and the design, implementation and integration of
various parts of the project, and (b) focus on specific aspects of dialog
management and utterance generation as appropriate to their particular
skills. Two areas of research we are particularly keen to explore are (a)
the process of negotiation and the handling of miscommunications; and (b)
the production of richly annotated output to drive a visually and aurally
compelling head. The appointee will be supervised by Professor Robert Dale,
and will work closely with the interdisciplinary team of engineers,
computer scientists and psychologists spread across the project sites.

Informal enquiries regarding the position can be directed to Robert Dale at
rdaleics.mq.edu.au. Find out more about the Thinking Head project at
http://thinkinghead.uws.edu.au/, and more about the Centre for Language
Technology at http://www.clt.mq.edu.au. Formal details regarding the
position are available on Macquarie University's Human Resources website at
http://www.jobs.mq.edu.au; look for position reference #20860. Note that
applications must be made via the University's Human Resources web site by
4th May 2007.

Application Deadline: 04-May-2007

Web Address for Applications: http://www.jobs.mq.edu.au

Contact Information:
Robert Dale
Email: rdaleics.mq.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 9850 6331
Fax: +61 2 9850 9551

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