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Thursday, 13 June 1991

Jobs: Computational Ling and Semantics at DFKI, Saarbruecken

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Message 1: Job Openings

Date: Thu, 13 Jun 91 15:18:27 +0200
From: Stephan Busemann <busemann%dfki.uni-sb.deRICEVM1.RICE.EDU>
Subject: Job Openings
Re: Job Openings in Computational Linguistics at DFKI, Saarbruecken

 Research Associates (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter)
 in the Project DISCO

We are looking for additional researchers to join the project DISCO
located at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence
(Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz, DFKI) at
Saarbruecken. The posts should be filled by January 1992.

DISCO (DIalogue Systems for autonomous COoperating agents) is a four
year project (started January '90) funded by the German Minister for
Research and Technology (BMFT). The main objective is to develop a
natural language dialogue system for multiple cooperating agents.
Besides strategies for parsing and generation, a grammar and a lexicon
are presently being developed using a formalism close to that of HPSG.
In the second phase of the project, the constraint-based approach will
be extended to include the treatment of dialog phenomena and non-linguistic
knowledge.

Current project members are Rolf Backofen, Stephan Busemann, Hans-Ulrich
Krieger, John Nerbonne, Klaus Netter, Harald Trost and Hans Uszkoreit (PI).

Ideally, we are looking for computer scientists or computational
linguists with a good theoretical and practical background in AI and
natural language processing. Applicants should be able to implement in
Common Lisp and have experience in one or more of the following areas:
-- treatment of dialogue phenomena (including dialogues between multiple
 agents)
-- relating conceptual knowledge (a domain model) to linguistic knowledge
 for interpretation and generation of dialogue steps
-- parsing and interpretation of natural language input
-- development of large natural language systems
-- description of German in HPSG (or similar framework).

DFKI is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1988 by its
shareholder companies ADV/Orga, AEG, IBM, Insiders, Fraunhofer
Gesellschaft, GMD, Krupp-Atlas, Mannesmann-Kienzle, Nixdorf, Philips and
Siemens. Research projects conducted at the DFKI are funded by the BMFT,
by the shareholder companies, or by other industrial contracts.

The DFKI conducts application-oriented basic research in the field of AI
and other related subfields of computer science. The overall goal is to
construct systems with technical knowledge and common sense which--by
using AI methods--implement a problem solution for a selected
application area.

>From its beginning, the DFKI has provided an attractive working
environment for AI researchers from Germany and from all over the world.
Several project groups work in the area of natural language processing.

The Saarbruecken site offers an excellent setting for research
in computational linguistics, AI, and computer science. Several
research projects are conducted at the university's Computational
Linguistics department. The university has one of the best Computer
Science departments in Germany. Natural language processing is one of
the main strengths of the department's AI lab. Furthermore a newly
founded Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science with a focus in
Parallel Processing has been set up on the Saarbruecken campus.

The employment is not restricted to the duration of the project DISCO.
The salary will mainly depend on the applicant's scientific experience.

Applications with the usual documents should be sent electronically or
by post to

Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit
DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
W 6600 Saarbruecken 11
Germany

uszkoreitcoli.uni-sb.de
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Message 2: Job Openings in Computational Semantics at DFKI

Date: Thu, 13 Jun 91 15:16:29 +0200
From: Stephan Busemann <busemann%dfki.uni-sb.deRICEVM1.RICE.EDU>
Subject: Job Openings in Computational Semantics at DFKI
 Researchers (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter) in ASL

We are looking for researchers to join the project ASL (Architectures for
Speech and Language) located at the German Research Center for Artificial
Intelligence (Deutsches Forschungszentrum fuer Kuenstliche Intelligenz, DFKI)
in Saarbruecken. The posts should be filled by January 1992.

ASL is a four-year project (started January '91) funded by the German
Ministry for Research and Technology (BMFT). The main objective is to
combine speech and natural language technologies with an eye to improving
the accuracy of the former and the utility of the latter. The project
involves teams throughout Germany and is led by a group at Hamburg
under Prof. Walther von Hahn. The leading scientific idea of the project
is to encode information about natural language in a declarative fashion
so that its use in processing is subject to the needs of recognition.

The task of the Saarbruecken project will be to define, design,
implement and maintain a semantics and (contextual) pragmatics component
in ASL. Because constraint-based methods are called for, and
because there is an opportunity to work on semantics and (contextual)
pragmatics in a single component, we are interested in exploring
a situation semantics approach.

Ideally, we are looking for computer scientists or computational
linguists with good theoretical and practical backgrounds in AI and
natural language processing. Applicants should normally be able to
implement in Common Lisp, and should have experience in some of the
following areas:
--- semantics of suprasegmentals (stress, intonation)
--- linguistic description in constraint-based models
--- discourse context modeling, especially in situation semantics
--- resolution of anaphora and disambiguation
--- implementation of logics for meaning representation

DFKI is a non-profit organization which was founded in 1988 by the share
holder companies ADV/Orga, AEG, IBM, Insiders, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft,
GMD, Krupp-Atlas, Mannesmann-Kienzle, Nixdorf, Philips and Siemens.
Research projects conducted at the DFKI are funded by the BMFT, by the
shareholder companies, or by other industrial contracts.

The DFKI conducts application-oriented basic research in the field of AI
and other related subfields of computer science. The overall goal is to
construct systems with technical knowledge and common sense which--using
AI methods--implement a problem solution for a selected application area.
>From its beginning, the DFKI has provided an attractive working
environment for AI researchers from Germany and from all over the world.
Several project groups work in the area of natural language processing.

The Saarbruecken site offers an excellent research environment for
anyone interested in computational linguistics, AI, and computer
science. Several research projects are conducted at the university's
Computational Linguistics department. The university has one of the
best Computer Science departments in Germany. Natural language
processing is one of the main strengths of the department's AI lab.
Furthermore a newly founded Max-Planck Institute for Computer Science
with a focus in Parallel Processing has been set up on the Saarbruecken
campus.

The employment is not restricted to the duration of the project ASL;
The salary mainly depends on the applicant's scientific experience.

Applications with the usual documents should be sent electronically or
by post to

John Nerbonne
DFKI GmbH
Stuhlsatzenhausweg 3
W 6600 Saarbruecken 11
Germany

nerbonnedfki.uni-sb.de

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