LINGUIST List 30.2955

Tue Jul 30 2019

Support: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics: PhD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Editor for this issue: Becca Morris <>

Date: 29-Jul-2019
From: Bart de Boer <>
Subject: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics: PhD, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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Department: AI-lab
Web Address:

Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Computational Linguistics; Phonetics
Evolution of Language


PhD position in agent based modeling of cognitively plausible emergent behavior

In the context of seed funding for AI research in Flanders ( prof. Bart de Boer is looking for a PhD student for the origins of language group of the AI-lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussels.

PhD position offered:
We offer a four year PhD position funded by a scholarship with a yearly bench fee. The PhD work will consist of building an agent-based simulation in which we can investigate emergence of behavior in a cognitively realistic setting. This means that the agents are not fully rational and that they show behavior similar to that of humans, and that interests of agents are not necessarily always aligned. The modeling will primarily focus on emergence of speech, but the simulation should be general enough that it can be easily adapted to other areas, such as traffic or economic interactions.

What we are looking for:
We are looking for an enthusiastic student with a degree in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, linguistics or equivalent and who has experience programming agent-based or cognitive models, preferably in Python or C++. Knowledge of speech and speech processing is a bonus. The starting date is negotiable, but preferably no later than September 2019.

How to apply:
Send a recent CV, detailing your academic record and your programming experience as well as a letter of motivation to prof. Bart de Boer. At this stage we ask you not to send copies of your diplomas or letters of reference. These we will request directly if we decide to further pursue your application, If you have any questions please email prof. Bart de Boer.

Web Address for Applications:

Contact Information:
        prof Bart de Boer

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