LINGUIST List 21.1679

Wed Apr 07 2010

Support: Cog Sci, Comp Ling, Psycholing: PhD Student, U. of Edinburgh, UK

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        1.    Frank Keller, Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Message 1: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Date: 05-Apr-2010
From: Frank Keller <>
Subject: Cognitive Science, Computational Linguistics, Psycholinguistics: PhD Student, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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Institution/Organization: University of Edinburgh Department: School of Informatics Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Psycholinguistics


School of InformaticsUniversity of Edinburgh

The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh invites applicationsfor a three-year PhD studentship starting in September 2010. The student will bebased in the Institute of Communicating and Collaborative Systems (ICCS) and theHuman Communication Research Centre (HCRC), which together form one of theworld's largest concentration of researchers studying the theoretical,computational, and cognitive aspects of language and speech.

The studentship is associated with the European Research Council project'Synchronous Linguistic and Visual Processing'. The aim of the project is toinvestigate the cognitive processes that unfold when humans view a visual sceneand listen to a speech stimulus at the same time. The project encompasses bothexperimental research using eye-tracking and computational work using machinelearning and probabilistic modeling.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Frank Keller, and will work on a topicdrawn from following research areas:

-probabilistic parsing, including unsupervised parsing, crosslinguistic parsing,and synchronous parsing

-models of human language processing, including models that integrate syntacticand semantic processing

-computational approaches that combine language and image processing

-models of eye-tracking data in reading and visual scenes, includingapplications such as readability assessment or post-editing

The successful candidate will have a good honors degree or equivalent incomputational linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, or arelated discipline. He/she will have strong programming skills and previousexperience in natural language processing, e.g., in parsing, machinetranslation, or cognitive modeling.

The studentship will provide maintenance only funding at an enhanced researchcouncil rate. Applications are restricted to UK/EU citizens. The start date ofthe studentship is flexible, but can be no later than September 1, 2010.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Frank Keller( To apply, please follow the instructions at:

As your research area, please select 'Institute for Communicating andCollaborative Systems'. On the application form under 'Research Project', pleasestate 'ERC Studentship: Synchronous Processing'.

Application deadline: May 15, 2010.

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

Applications Deadline: 15-May-2010

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         Dr Frank Keller

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