Job Announcement: University of Aberdeen
Computational Linguistics: Post Doc/Researcher, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
University of Aberdeen
|Job Location:||Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom|
The EPSRC-funded project 'WhatIf: Answering ‘what if …?’ Questions for
Ontology Authoring' is seeking to build a dialogue system allowing a person
who is building a semantic web ontology to ask ‘what if …?’ questions about
possible additions and changes to the ontology and get meaningful answers.
This involves automated reasoning about what the consequences of a
change in the ontology would be and intelligent presentation of the results.
Because in general there will be infinitely many new logical consequences,
the system will have to understand something about what the person is trying
to do and what sorts of results will be most interesting to them. It is assumed
that this information can best be provided by the person in the context of a
natural dialogue system.
We are seeking a Computational Linguist to lead the theoretical and practical
design and development of the dialogue system (other researchers will be
investigating issues of efficient reasoning and issues of how to model the
process of ontology authoring). The dialogue system is expected to use
structured input (including an approach to specifying complex content based
on “editing” natural text (see paper by Power in European Workshop on
Natural Language Generation 2009) rather than free natural language text or
speech, but nevertheless is required to be natural and to select and present
You should have, or be about to acquire, a PhD in Computer Science/
Artificial Intelligence/ Computational Linguistics, with experience of natural
language processing research at the postgraduate level and experience of
implementing software for users. Research interests in conversational
implicature/ relevance, logics and reasoning, dialogue moves and structures,
the semantic web and requirements elicitation/ evaluation with users would all
be advantageous but are not essential.
For more information, please go to http://www.abdn.ac.uk/jobs/index.php
click on “external applicants” and search for the post with reference number
1253433. Application is online via that web site. Questions about the post,
but not applications, can be sent to Chris Mellish at the email address below.
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