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LINGUIST List 19.730

Tue Mar 04 2008

Support: Spanish & NLP: PhD Student, University of Santiago de Compostela

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        1.    María Paula Santalla del Río, Spanish & Natural Language Processing: PhD Student, University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain


Message 1: Spanish & Natural Language Processing: PhD Student, University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
Date: 03-Mar-2008
From: María Paula Santalla del Río <fempsrusc.es>
Subject: Spanish & Natural Language Processing: PhD Student, University of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
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Institution/Organization: University of Santiago de Compostela
Department: Spanish Language
Web Address: http://www.usc.es

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Job Rank: PhD

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics
Natural Language Processing, Question Answering
Required Language(s): Spanish (spa)

Description:

This message summarizes (at the bottom) and completes the general information
about the currently in course call for Research Personnel Training of the
Ministry of Science and Education of the Government of Spain:

URL: http://www.mec.es/planidi/formacion-personal-investigador/2008-orden-bases.html

For, specifically, the research project

Linguistics and Computing Working Together towards Intelligent Question
Answering (HUM2007-66607-C04-01), directed by professor Guillermo Rojo of the
Department of Spanish Language of the University of Santiago de Compostela

Summary of the project:
There is a real need in the information society not only to locate information,
but also to extract and synthesise it from various sources in an interactive
process with the user, in what is known as Question Answering (QA).

Our proposal applies natural language processing (NLP) and artificial
intelligence (AI) techniques to develop QA strategies. Our goal is to push
forward the state of the art on a linguistic basis, combining IR/IE techniques
with automatic deduction and automatic knowledge extraction/representation
techniques in order to improve the understanding of questions as mechanisms that
allow answers to be generated from a collection of documents. The domain we have
chosen to work in is that of finance and economics, since it enables us to
profit from currently available corpora and the previous experience in the
development of NLP and IR/IE environments shared by the teams working on this
project.

Summary of the Call: detailed information, as well as the on-line system to
complete the application form (which is very simple) can be found in the URL
referred above. Here you can have a brief presentation of the more relevant
points of the call:

a) These are research scholarships and contracts associated to research projects
supported by the Ministry of Science and Education of the Government of Spain.
b) These are conceived as means of training graduate students on research
activities. Students should first follow a two years course of so-called PhD
training courses, after which they should obtain de DEA (Diploma de estudios
avanzados, Certificate of Advances Courses). Next, students can access the
strictly considered research period, another two years in which they should be
working on the development of a PhD. First two years are supported by a research
scholarship, second two years are supported by a research contract.
c) Requirements of the candidates:
i) Applicants graduated in Spain: they should have the qualifications required
to access PhD courses in Royal Decree-Laws 1393/2007, 56/2005 or 778/1998.
ii) Applicants not graduated in Spain: if they are graduated by some higher
educational institution of the European Higher Education Area, no additional
requirements apply. If they are graduated by some higher educational institution
not in the European Higher Education Area, they should have the acceptance by
the Spanish University in which they will be following the above referred
courses and research period (in our case, the University of Santiago de Compostela).
d) Applicants should have been graduated: after 1 january 2004 (this date can be
modified by the character of the graduation --five-four years graduation, or
three years graduation in Spain [2003]--, or if the applicant can demonstrate
that, between 2000 and 2004, he or she has been growing children under six years
[2000]).
e) Duration and salary: 4 years (2 years research scholarship -1141 € per
month-- + 2 years research contract -16 422 € per year--).

Applications Deadline: 13-Mar-2008

Web Address for Applications: http://www.mec.es/planidi/formacion-personal-investigador/2008-orden-bases.html

Contact Information:
        FPI-MEC María Paula Santalla del Río
        fempsrusc.es




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