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LINGUIST List 18.605

Fri Feb 23 2007

Jobs: Speech Recognition and Understanding: PhD Position, U of Trento

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        1.    Sebastian Varges, Speech Recognition and Understanding: PhD Position, University of Trento, Trentino, Italy

Message 1: Speech Recognition and Understanding: PhD Position, University of Trento, Trentino, Italy
Date: 23-Feb-2007
From: Sebastian Varges <amiidit.unitn.it>
Subject: Speech Recognition and Understanding: PhD Position, University of Trento, Trentino, Italy

University or Organization: University of Trento (Italy)
Department: Dept. of Information and Communication Technology
Web Address: http://www.dit.unitn.it
Job Rank: PhD Position
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Speech Recognition, Spoken Language


POSITION: Ph.D. Research Fellowships
(Research Internships also available)

TOPIC AREAS: Speech Recognition, Spoken Language Understanding, Dialogue
Modeling and Machine Learning

LOCATION: The Adaptive Multimodal Information and Interfaces
Research Lab at University of Trento (Italy)


START DATE: November 1, 2007

The Ph.D. researchers should have a background (Laurea, MA or equivalent)
in speech/text processing, machine learning, computational linguistics,
computer science or cognitive science, and strong academic records. The
Ph.D. positions are funded for 3 years. The Ph.D. students will be able to
participate in the international Ph.D. program of the ICT Department
(http://ict.unitn.it/). The applicants should be fluent in English. The
Italian language competence is optional and applicants are encouraged to
acquire this skill during their Ph.D. studies. The applicants should have
good programming skills in conventional programming languages
C++/Java//Perl/Python) and experience in rule-based, logic or functional

The applicants should have, or should be about to finish their Master (CS,
EE, Cognitive Science), and have some background in speech/text processing,
machine learning, computational linguistics, or cognitive science. The
applicants should be fluent in English and have good programming skills.
Applications for research internships are possible at any time.

The Adaptive Multimodal Information and Interface (AMI2) research lab
pursues excellence research in next-generation interfaces for human-machine
and human-human communication. The AMI2 lab has a state-of-the-art
technology infrastructure and collaborations with premiere international
research centers and industry research labs. The Ph.D. research fellowships
are funded by the prestigious Marie Curie Excellence grant awarded by the
European Commission for cutting edge and interdisciplinary research. There
have been many advances in the field of speech recognition and
text-to-speech synthesis in the last decade. However, human-machine
conversational system are still severely limited in the ability to
understand and interact. The general research challenge of the project is
to investigate innovative multimodal interfaces that will be adaptive,
affective, usable and knowledgeable.

About University of Trento and Information and Communication Technology

The University of Trento is constantly ranked as premiere Italian graduate
university institution (see http://www.dit.unitn.it).

- The DIT Department has a strong focus on interdisciplinarity with
professors from different faculties of the University (Physical Science,
Electrical Engineering, Economics, Social Science, Cognitive Science,
Computer Science) with international background.

- DIT aims at exploiting the complementary experiences present in the
various research areas in order to develop innovative methods and
technologies, applications and advanced services.

- English is the official language.

Application Deadline: 01-Jun-2007

Application Address:
Dr Sebastian Varges
Department of Information and Communication Technology
Via Sommarive 14
Povo di Trento, Trentino 38100

Contact Information:
Dr Sebastian Varges
Email: amiidit.unitn.it
Phone: +39 0461 88 3994
Fax: +39 0461 88 2093
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