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Wed Apr 14 2010

Support: Comp Ling, NLP: PhD Student, Università di Trento, Italy

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        1.    Roberto Zamparelli, Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing: PhD Student, Università di Trento, Italy

Message 1: Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing: PhD Student, Università di Trento, Italy
Date: 13-Apr-2010
From: Roberto Zamparelli <roberto.zamparelliunitn.it>
Subject: Computational Linguistics, Natural Language Processing: PhD Student, Università di Trento, Italy
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Institution/Organization: Università di Trento Department: DISI (Computer Science) Level: PhD

Duties: Project Work

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics Natural Language Processing
Description:

PHD POSITION IN ENTITY DISAMBIGUATION AVAILABLE AT THE LANGUAGEINTERACTION AND COMPUTATION LAB, UNIVERSITY OF TRENTO

A PhD studentship in statistical models for entity disambiguation willbe available in the 3-year PhD program offered by the University ofTrento's ICT Doctoral School

http://ict.unitn.it

The ICT PhD program (start date: November 2010) is taught in Englishby an international faculty. The PhD candidate will join the Language,Speech and Interfaces group, an interdisciplinary group of researchersstudying spoken interaction, content mining and retrieval, andmultimodal interfaces:

http://www.disi.unitn.it/research/research_programs/lsi

LSI is part of the larger network of research groups focusing on HumanLanguage Technology and related topics in the Trento region, that isquickly becoming one of the areas with the highest concentration ofNLP researchers in Europe.

* Project Outline *

Entity Disambiguation is the task of determining which mentions ofentities (persons, organizations, locations) refer to the same object,in the same document or across collection of documents. This task is agrowing area of research as a supporting technology both forentity-based document search (as in http://pipl.com/) and for contentextraction (as in http://www.opencalais.com/) and was the subject of arecent Johns Hopkins CLSP Workshop(http://www.clsp.jhu.edu/ws07/groups/elerfed/) and of a regular seriesof workshops.

Themes of particular interest for this project are disambiguation ofnon-standard entity types such as product names and temporalexpressions, particularly in digital libraries; and the use ofrelational information and topic models such as Latent DirichletAllocation.

* Application Information *

The successful candidate will have a strong computational background,including familiarity with machine learning and/or statisticalmethods. Familiarity with natural language processing would also behighly desirable.

The official call of the Information and Communication TechnologyDoctoral School, and application details, are available at the page:

http://ict.unitn.it/

Application deadline: April 20, 2010 at 12.00 noon (Rome time). We stronglyencourage a preliminary expression of interest in the project. Please contactMassimo Poesio (massimo.poesiounitn.it), attaching a CV in pdf or txt format,or a link to an online CV.

Applications Deadline: 20-Apr-2010

Web Address for Applications: http://ict.unitn.it/

Contact Information:         Prof. Massimo Poesio        massimo.poesiounitn.it


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