LINGUIST List 21.326

Tue Jan 19 2010

Support: Lang Technology: 2 PhD Students, U. of Copenhagen, Denmark

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        1.    Bolette Pedersen, Language Technology: 2 PhD Students, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Message 1: Language Technology: 2 PhD Students, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Date: 19-Jan-2010
From: Bolette Pedersen <>
Subject: Language Technology: 2 PhD Students, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
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Institution/Organization: University of Copenhagen Department: Centre for language Technology Web Address:

Level: PhD

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science; Computational Linguistics; Lexicography; Linguistic Theories; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Two Marie Curie PhD Scholarships in Semantic Annotation of Corpora andMultimodal Communication at the University of CopenhagenApplication deadline March 15, 2010

The Graduate School of the Faculty of Humanities and the Centre for LanguageTechnology, under the Faculty of Humanities is inviting applications for two PhDscholarships in semantic annotation of corpora and multimodal communicationstarting September 1, 2010 for a period of up to three years. The positionsinvolve participation in the EU project CLARA - Common Language Resources andtheir Applications, which is a Marie Curie Initial Training Network receivingfunding from European Commission's 7th Framework Programme (,

Semantic Annotation of CorporaOne PhD scholarship is announced within the CLARA research area SemanticAnnotation of Large Corpora. Semantic corpus annotation is moving into a new erawhere also lesser studied languages can provide the necessary backgroundlanguage resources required for the task. Semantic corpus annotation can providethe much wanted synergy between large text repositories and lexical-semanticresources and thereby make text collections more accessible for different kindsof humanities researchers.

The overall aim of this CLARA research area is to investigate (i) to whichdegree current wordnets (currently available for around 60 languages) and otherlexical semantic resources are suitable as lexical semantic resources forautomatic annotation of large, varied corpora (written, spoken and visual) and(ii) to which degree resources and tools for corpus annotation are transferablebetween languages. The research project will include the study of cross- andmultilingual aspects of semantic corpus annotation and the possibility oftechnological transfer between languages.

The PhD project should focus on one or more of these aspects of semantic corpusannotation, and the PhD scholar should relate to relevant lexical resources(computational lexicons and/or wordnets) and corpora for the particularlanguage(s) the he or she wishes to work with.

Multimodal Communication ModelingAnother PhD Scholarship involves participation in the CLARA subprojectMultimedia and Multimodal Communication Modeling, which is a cooperation betweenthe University of Copenhagen and Max Planck Institute, Germany. The overall goalof the subproject is to study human communicative multimodal behavior empirically.

The objective of the PhD project is to produce insight on essential aspects ofmultimodal behavior such as feedback, dialogue management, information structureand reference, by conducting empirical studies on audiovisual corpora. Analysismethods will be based on manual annotation but also on automatic methods such asmachine learning. Existing multimodal corpora and/or multimodal data annotatedwithin the PhD project will be used to produce empirically-based evidence of howspecific non-verbal behaviors are used in human communication.

Relevant research issues are, for example, to which extent non-verbal behaviormay be captured in formal categories that an algorithm can be trained torecognize; the importance of the cultural context in interpreting behavior; orwhether a universal core can be defined for non-verbal behaviors, similarly towhat certain linguistic schools have attempted to do for language. Analyses ofmultimodal communication in different cultural settings, communicationsituations and social contexts are also relevant.

For the full calls, cf:

Applications Deadline: 15-Mar-2010

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:         PhD Bolette Pedersen        Phone:+45 35 32 90 78

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