LINGUIST List 8.722

Wed May 14 1997

FYI: Summer internships, PhD research

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  1. Jim Talley, Summer intern positions (Palo Alto, CA)
  2. R.Beale, PhD Research Opportunities, AIG, University of Birmingham

Message 1: Summer intern positions (Palo Alto, CA)

Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 14:22:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jim Talley <>
Subject: Summer intern positions (Palo Alto, CA)

Motorola, Lexicus Division

Summer Internships in Speech and Language Processing

Lexicus, a Division of Motorola, specializes in handwriting and speech
recognition products for the mobile, wireless and desktop markets.
The company is a dynamic organization, located in Palo Alto,
California, near Stanford University, currently with about 50
employees (but expected to grow well beyond this figure in the near
future). For more general background on Lexicus, please visit our web
pages at "";.

For our speech (and handwriting) recognition technologies to be
successful, it is crucial that our language resources -- pronouncing
dictionaries, prepared texts for statistical modeling of
(sub-)languages, etc. -- be of unparalleled quality. We are looking
to hire a few bright, hardworking, self-starting graduate (or
exceptional undergraduate) students as summer interns to help us
further refine our English and Mandarin language resources and

A partial list of possible tasks includes:

 - Development of methods to transform word pronunciations from a
 "standard" pronunciation to pronunciations typical of speakers
 from targeted regions or socio-linguistic groups.

 - Work towards "representational efficiency" and robustness in
 dictionary technology -- e.g., production of orthography and
 pronunciation of derived forms of base words by rule, compounding
 rules, etc.

 - Clean-up / verification of existing pronouncing dictionaries.

 - Development of transducers to map (in both directions) between
 formatted, punctuated text and the word stream which would be
 spoken to yield such text.

 - Development of resources specific to particular domains (e.g., real
 estate, radiology, inorganic chemistry, etc.).

 - Tagging of dictionary entries for various properties.

 - Refinement of capabilities to produce pronunciations for any and
 all novel words we might encounter (e.g., newly coined words,
 acronyms, foreign names, etc.)

Desirable skills/experience include:

 - Reasonable programming ability (especially in perl, 'C', or C++
 [unfortunately, languages such as Lisp and Prolog are not of much

 - Excellent English communication skills.

 - Solid background in areas of linguistics other than syntax &
 semantics (i.e., phonology [esp. computational], phonetics,
 socio-linguistics [dialectology], morphology,...)

 - Prior exposure to (or strong interest in) ASR, TTS, or other
 speech technology.

 - Experience with machine learning, grammar induction, statistics,
 and/or pattern recognition technology.

 - Solid background (esp. implementation experience) with formal
 automata / mathematical linguistics.

 - Native fluency in Mandarin (for at least one of the available

As an intern at Lexicus, you would:

 - Gain hands-on, industry experience in the applied language
 technology field (not with toy problems or "concept

 - Potentially make a significant contribution to the state of the
 art in commercial, large vocabulary speech recognition;

 - Have a chance to work with an exceptional collection of language /
 recognition technologists in a dynamic organization; and,

 - Enjoy all of the benefits of living in the Bay Area.

If interested, please forward a resume to the following contact by e-mail,
fax or snail mail with the title "Lexicus Speech Intern" in the subject
line and/or cover letter:

 Debbie Mayer, Human Resources
 Motorola, Lexicus Division
 3145 Porter Drive
 Palo Alto, CA 94304
 Tel: (415) 858-6115
 Fax: (415) 494-1148

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Message 2: PhD Research Opportunities, AIG, University of Birmingham

Date: Tue, 13 May 97 01:22:55 BST
From: R.Beale <>
Subject: PhD Research Opportunities, AIG, University of Birmingham


Research Opportunities

 Advanced Interaction Group

The Advanced Interaction Group currently has vacancies for graduate
research students in the areas identified below. Interested persons
should contact either Dr. Russell Beale (email
or Bob Hendley (email for informal
discussions. Application forms are now available from the web site.

See for further details and
links to related information.

EPSRC, CASE, and internally-funded studentships are available for
suitable applicants. It is usual for there to be more applicants than
studentships, and applicants requiring funding are encouraged to apply

Research Areas

 * Agents and Agent-based Systems
 Agents are semi-autonomous, reactive software components that can be
 combined to create complex interacting systems of great power and

 Numeorus techniques exist that demonstrate learning and adaptive
 capabilities. One project aim is to package up these techniques inside
 agents, giving them the ability to adapt and improve basic skills through
 experiential learning.

 * Information Visualisation
 Complex software systems are extraordinarily difficult to understand
 and to manipulate. This work extends earlier work on visual programming
 systems to support visualisation of program structures using self
 organising systems and virtual reality techniques.

 * Data Mining
 Data mining (also known as Knowledge Discovery in Databases - KDD)
 It utilises approaches in machine learning, statistics, and visualization
 techniques to discover and present knowledge in a form which is easily
 comprehensible to humans.

 * Other Areas
 There are other areas of research that are of interest to the AIG
 (detailed on home pages); these include Evolutionary and Emergent
 Computation, HCI, CSCW, Neural networks, Information networks and
 Intelligent Tutoring Systems. People wishing to pursue research in any
 of these areas at Birmingham are encouraged to discuss the matter
 informally first.

For more information, visit the URL. Applications can be submitted directly,
though prospective applicants are encouraged to email us to discuss potential
research work in more detail.

For research-related information:
R.J. Hendley
Advanced Interaction Group
Tel: +44 - (0) 121 - 414 4761

For application forms and other postgraduate study information:
Dr. Peter Hancox
Research Students Admissions Tutor
Tel: +44 - (0) 121 - 414 - 4782

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT UK.
Fax: +44 - (0) 121 - 414 - 4281
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