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LINGUIST List 17.341

Wed Feb 01 2006

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Researcher, Austria

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        1.    Harald Trost, Computational Linguistics: Researcher, OFAI - Austrian Research Inst. for AI, Austria

Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Researcher, OFAI - Austrian Research Inst. for AI, Austria
Date: 31-Jan-2006
From: Harald Trost <Harald.Trostofai.at>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Researcher, OFAI - Austrian Research Inst. for AI, Austria

University or Organization: OFAI - Austrian Research Inst. for AI
Department: Language Technology
Job Rank: Researcher
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


The Austrian Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (OFAI), Vienna,
Austria, offers a position as a Senior Researcher in its Language Technology Group.

The successful candidate will collaborate in the recently started EU Project
RASCALLI. Rascalli are virtual cooperative agents that live and learn on the
Internet. Their memory is structured based on principles from human cognition.
In the user interface they appear as embodied conversational characters. They
can be trained by the user to fulfil specific tasks such as extracting
particular information from the Web, collaborating with other Rascalli and the
user to achieve a certain goal, etc. (For a project summary see

In particular we are looking for support in the area of action- and
perception-based multimodal communication. We distinguish two types of
interaction: Rascalli2User and Rascalli2Rascalli. As regards the former,
keyboard input from the user and information gathered from the Internet must be
analyzed and transformed into action- and plan-based semantics which forms the
basis for mulitmodal behaviour generation in the embodied conversational
character. As regards the latter, internal protocols transmitted between the
agents must be transformed into action- and plan-based semantics. Action and
perception processes are strongly intertwined with reasoning and memory retrieval.

The suitable candidate will have a degree in computer science or computational
linguistics with a strong background in one or more of the following areas:
multimodal dialogue, multimodal interaction, embodied conversational characters,
human-computer interaction, multi-agent systems, cognitive systems, semantic

The suitable candidate will be an open minded team worker, who is able to work
creatively in an interdisciplinary context. She/he will have good programming
skills and be able to flexibly use different programming languages (java, perl,

Fluency in German and/or English is expected.

The position is to be filled asap. The contract will be for the duration of the
RASCALLI project (until December 2008). Continued employment after the end of
the project is possible.

The salary depends on the education and experience of the candidate. Please
mail applications including a CV to Harald.Trostofai.at

Address for Applications:

Dr. Harald Trost
Austrian Research Institute for AI
Freyung 6
Vienna A-1010

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Contact Information:

Dr. Harald Trost
Email: Harald.Trostofai.at
Phone: +43-1-4277-63121
Fax: +43-1-4277-9631
Website: http://www.ofai.at/research/nlu/jobs.html

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