LINGUIST List 23.2599
Mon Jun 04 2012
Support: Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Amsterdam
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Willem Zuidema <w.h.zuidema
Computational Linguistics: PhD Student, University of Amsterdam
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Department: Institute for Logic, Language & Computation
Web Address: http://www.illc.uva.nl/
Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics
PhD Position on Modelling Artificial Language Learning
A fully-funded PhD position for four years, at the Institute for Logic, Language andComputation of the University of Amsterdam, under supervision of dr. WillemZuidema.
You will be one of three PhD students in a multidisciplinary team consisting ofbiologists, linguists and computer modellers. In the project, we investigate whichaspects of the cognitive abilities of humans underlying language are unique amonganimals. We adopt the artificial language learning paradigm and study bothexperimentally and theoretically similarities and differences in the patternrecognition and learning abilities of human infants, human adults and non-humananimals, in particular songbirds (zebra finches). Together, the three PhD-projectswill test how factors such as perceptual biases, computational constraints,memory limitations, etc. influence successful learning.
In this specific PhD-project you will develop computational and mathematicalmodels of artificial language learning, and try to account for the experimental dataobtained by psychologists, linguists and biologists. Much of the data you will workwith will come from the two other PhD-projects -- involving experiments withzebrafinches and human infants -- that run parallel to yours. From the start you willalso be involved in helping to design these experiments, and in analysing the data.Further tasks include writing articles on your findings and helping to organise aninternational conference on the topic. The project should lead to a dissertation(PhD thesis) to be defended at the University of Amsterdam.
The candidate should have a degree in computational linguistics, artificialintelligence, cognitive science, computer science, mathematical psychology orequivalent, and strong computational skills combined with a real interest inexperimental data. You should preferably have experience in computationalmodelling of cognitive processes and/or Bayesian data modelling. You must beproficient in spoken and written English, have good communication skills and astrong interest in a scientific career.
Applications Deadline: 17-Jun-2012
Web Address for Applications: http://www.illc.uva.nl/LaCo/segmentsrules/
Willem Zuidema w.h.zuidema
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