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LINGUIST List 23.1153

Wed Mar 07 2012

Support: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing: PhD, University of Edinburgh

Editor for this issue: Xiyan Wang <xiyanlinguistlist.org>

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Date: 06-Mar-2012
From: Mirella Lapata <mlapinf.ed.ac.uk>
Subject: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh
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Department: Informatics
Web Address: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/informatics/

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics
Computer science and Machine Learning



Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation
School of Informatics
University of Edinburgh

The Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at the University
of Edinburgh invites applications for a three-year PhD studentship starting in
September 2012. ILCC is dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied research
on computational approaches to language, communication and cognition.

The studentship is associated with the EPSRC project 'A Unified Model of
Compositional and Distributional Semantics: Theory and Applications'. The aim of
this project is to develop a general modeling framework of compositional
distributional semantics and apply it to cognitive modeling and large-scale NLP

The student will be supervised by Dr. Mirella Lapata, and will work on a topic
drawn from following research areas:

* distributional models of semantics, including compositional and syntax-aware
vector-space models

* topic models (including non-parametric and syntactic variants)

* Bayesian models of Lexical Acquisition

* Bayesian language models

The successful candidate will have a good honors degree or equivalent in
computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, or a
related discipline. He/she will have strong programming skills and previous
experience in machine learning and/or natural language processing.

The studentship covers maintenance at the research council rate of around GBP
13500 per year, plus tuition fees at the EU/UK rate. Applications are restricted
to EU/UK citizens. The start date of the studentship is flexible, but can be no
earlier than September 1, 2012.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Mirella Lapata
(mlapinf.ed.ac.uk). To apply, please follow the instructions at:


As your research area, please select 'Institute of Communicating and
Collaborative Systems'. On the application form under 'Research Project', please
state 'EPSRC Studentship: BayesComp'.

Application deadline: March 31, 2012.

Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this cannot be

Applications Deadline: 31-Mar-2012

Web Address for Applications: http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply.html

Contact Information:
        Dr Mirella Lapata

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