LINGUIST List 22.3992

Wed Oct 12 2011

Jobs: NLG; Comp Semantics: Research Scientist, U of Colorado, Boulder

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        1.     Rodney Nielsen , Natural Language Generation; Computational Semantics: Research Scientist, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

Message 1: Natural Language Generation; Computational Semantics: Research Scientist, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
Date: 11-Oct-2011
From: Rodney Nielsen <>
Subject: Natural Language Generation; Computational Semantics: Research Scientist, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA
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University or Organization: University of Colorado, Boulder Department: Computational Language & Education Research Center Job Location: Colorado, USA Web Address:
Job Rank: Research Scientist

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Semantics; Natural Language Generation; Spoken Dialogue Systems


The Companionbots project at the Computational Language & EducationResearch center, University of Colorado, invites applications for twoResearch Scientists in Human-Robot Dialogue: one in Natural LanguageGeneration (NLG), the other in Computational Semantics.

Project:CU is leading an NSF-funded project, Companionbots for ProactiveTherapeutic Dialog on Depression, to conduct research on a new class ofdialog-based, home robotic healthcare assistants to facilitate in-home, real-time care. The immediate project will result in enabling technology thatintegrates language, vision and emotive technology to proactively recognizesituations and dialog with isolated elderly patients suffering from depression.

Object and human activity recognition will augment NLP to provide currentand historical context important to dynamic dialog. An emotive, physicalavatar will provide an interaction mechanism with sufficient trust to extractmeaningful information that may not be observable in the immediateenvironment. The proactive generation of questions will be driven by a usermodel including context, goals, health, experiences, interests and priorinteractions.

Positions:NLG: will span multiple genres from casual conversation to goal-directedmental health education and training, with an emphasis on questiongeneration. It will explore multiple techniques from typical Spoken DialogueSystems (SDS) to text-to-text NLG methods.

Computational Semantics: will create a deep understanding andrepresentation of a situation and spoken dialog based on past and immediatecontext. The semantics extracted will be used to construct a user model andpredict future adverse events and situations.

Both: You will be encouraged to develop independent research ideas withinthe scope of the project, will play an active role in a variety of project areasand will have the opportunity to apply your expertise to a critical, real-lifeproblem in a multidisciplinary environment.

You will interact closely with the project's clinical experts in understandingsubjects and developing healthcare-related dialogue strategies, with users tohelp guide and evaluate research & development, with Vision researchers toenhance contextual understanding, with Automatic Speech Recognition(ASR) experts to improve ASR with semantic context and with mechantronicsresearchers to ensure contextually appropriate emotive output.

Qualifications:- Expertise in the area you are applying, preferably in the context ofconversational SDSs- A PhD in computer science, computational linguistics, or a closely relateddiscipline- Skills in the application of Machine Learning to computational linguisticstasks- Excellent software design and implementation skills- Good verbal communication and English writing skills- The ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team- Working knowledge or publication record in usability, user modeling,discourse analysis and cognitive science related to SDS is a plus

To apply follow the instructions at these Jobs at CU links:NLG - Job Posting Number 815056 Semantics - Job Posting Number 815059

CU is an EOE committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourageapplications from women, racial & ethnic minorities, individuals withdisabilities & veterans Alternative formats of ad can be provided toindividuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at (303) 492-1334.

CU conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Deadline: (Open until filled)
Web Address for Applications:
Contact Information:
Rodney Nielsen Email:

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