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LINGUIST List 19.2550

Tue Aug 19 2008

Jobs: Computational Linguistics: Post-doc/PhD Student, Saarland U

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        1.    Alexander Koller, Computational Linguistics: Post-doc/PhD Student, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany


Message 1: Computational Linguistics: Post-doc/PhD Student, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
Date: 18-Aug-2008
From: Alexander Koller <kollercoli.uni-saarland.de>
Subject: Computational Linguistics: Post-doc/PhD Student, Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
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University or Organization: Saarland University
Department: Cluster of Excellence / Computational Linguistics
Job Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Web Address: http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/
Job Rank: Post-doc/PhD student

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics


Description:

Postdoc and PhD positions in natural language generation and planning
Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany

We invite applications for two research positions (for up to 5 years) in
natural language generation and planning -- one post-doc and one PhD
student. The selected candidates will work on the generation of
natural-language instructions in a virtual 3D environment. They will build
upon ideas from AI planning to model situated instruction-giving in a
linguistically and formally clean way, implement an instruction-giving
system using efficient planning algorithms, and then enter this system into
the GIVE Challenge ('Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments';
www.give-challenge.org), where it will be evaluated over the Internet.

This research will be carried out in the context of the newly established
junior research group 'Efficient algorithms in computational linguistics',
which is part of the Cluster of Excellence 'Multimodal Computing and
Interaction' at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. Saarland
University is one of the major centers for computational linguistics
worldwide, and with the recent creation of the cluster of excellence (20
new independent junior research groups in various fields of computer
science and computational linguistics) is set to become an even more
dynamic research environment. Researchers come from all over the world,
and the research language is English.

The post-doc should have (or be about to finish) a PhD in computational
linguistics, computer science, linguistics, or a related field. He or she
should be an expert in (and ideally, have published on) one or more of the
following areas: natural language generation; planning or plan recognition;
situated communication; discourse. The PhD student should have an interest
in one or more of these areas and an excellent university degree in a
relevant subject. Both researchers will have the opportunity to
participate in teaching and the supervision of student research assistants,
as well as the organization of the GIVE Challenge. Applicants are expected
to be comfortable with interdisciplinary collaborations.

Please send your application (CV, list of publications, and 2-3 letters of
reference) as a PDF file to Alexander Koller via email. The positions will
remain open until filled, so later applications may still be considered.
Saarland University wishes to increase the proportion of women in research
and strongly encourages qualified female candidates to apply. Priority
will be given to handicapped candidates with equivalent qualifications.

We also encourage you to inquire about further details from:

Dr. Alexander Koller
Exzellenzcluster / FR 4.7 Computerlinguistik
Saarland University
Postfach 151150, 66041 Saarbrücken
Germany

http://www.coli.uni-saarland.de/~koller/

Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Email Address for Applications: kollercoli.uni-saarland.de
Contact Information:
Dr. Alexander Koller
Email: kollercoli.uni-saarland.de
Phone: +49 681 302 70040

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