Bourses: 2 offres

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Mon Jun 18 16:06:18 UTC 2001

1/ University of Edinburgh - PhD STUDENTSHIP for February 1st 2002.
2/ Universiteit van Amsterdam - Two Fully Funded PhD Positions
   in the Computational and Applied Logic Group

Division of Informatics and Human Communication Research Centre,
University of Edinburgh

PhD STUDENTSHIP for February 1st 2002.

Application deadline: July 15th 2001.
Applications received after this deadline may be considered, but this
cannot be guaranteed.

The Institute of Communicating and Collaborative Systems (ICCS) within the
Division of Informatics and the Human Communication Research Centre (HCRC)
invites applications for a three-year EPSRC studentship award to
commence in February 2002. The successful applicant will work on a
project entitled "Robust Pragmatics for Narrative Text".  A summary of
the aims of this project are as follows:



The proposed project is concerned with the design, implementation and
evaluation of a system that analyses the discourse structure of
narrative text and the temporal order of its events.

BROAD COVERAGE: Existing approaches recognise discourse
structure only when signalled by discourse connectives.  We'll
broaden coverage to cases where such cues are absent
by developing a probabilistic model of discourse
structure from large language corpora.

ROBUSTNESS: Computing rhetorical relations is a knowledge intensive
task driven primarily by pragmatic information. Our aim is to use
data-intensive methodologies to automatically approximate this
information from large language corpora, and therefore to produce a
fully automatic system.

ENGINEERING: Existing language technology, with a few notable
exceptions, tends to take either a symbolic or a probabilistic
approach to semantics.  We aim to interface a probabilistic component
with a symbolic one, proposing a novel approach to the demanding task
of semantic interpretation which is both robust and linguistically


Applicants should have a good honours degree or equivalent in Computer
Science, Computational Linguistics or Linguistics.  Applicants with
strong programming skills (e.g., Perl, C++, Java) and expertise in any
of the following will be preferred:

o   Statistical modelling
o   Semantic theories of tense and aspect
o   Theories of discourse structure
o   Pragmatics (in particular, speech act theory and implicatures)

The EPSRC baseline rate of maintenance is currently approx. 7,500
pounds, and the studentship will also pay the three years' tuition
fees at home/EU rates.

ICCS and HCRC have close research links with a number of other
academic institutions (e.g., Universitat Saarlandes, DFKI, Stanford
University) and companies from which the student will benefit.  For
more information about ICCS and HCRC, see the following home pages:

Information about students, the PhD Programme, and how to apply for a
PhD can be found by following the various links from the following URL:

Please note that applicants must fill in the faculty's postgraduate
application form, which is available online from the above URL.

If we already have your application on file for consideration for a
PhD commencing October 2001, you do not need to apply again.

Deadline for applications: July 15th 2001
Applications received after this deadline may be considered, but this
cannot be guaranteed.

For additional advice and information on how to apply for this PhD
studentship, please contact:

   Admissions Chair
   The Graduate School
   Division of Informatics
   The University of Edinburgh
   2, Buccleuch Place,
   Edinburgh, EH3 5AZ,
   Scotland, UK

   Email: phd-admissions at
   Tel:   +44 131 650 5156
   Fax:   +44 131 667 7209

PLEASE MARK "Robust Pragmatics for Narrative Text" ON THE APPLICATION.

For additional information on the project "Robust Pragmatics for
Narrative Text", please contact:

   Alex Lascarides
   Division of Informatics
   The University of Edinburgh
   2 Buccleuch Place
   EH8 9LW

   Email: alex at
   Tel:   +44 131 650 4428
   Fax:   +44 131 650 6626

Two Fully Funded PhD Positions in the Computational and Applied Logic Group

Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
Universiteit van Amsterdam

The Computational and Applied Logic Group at the University of Amsterdam is
searching for highly motivated candidates with a first degree in computer
science, computational linguistics, or a related discipline, for two fully
funded four-year PhD positions, one in each of the following research

 o computational logic (with an emphasis on implementation and evaluation
   of automated reasoning systems)

 o natural language processing (with an emphasis on logic-based approaches
   to information retrieval tasks such as question-answering, navigation,
   and summarization)

Applicants should have a strong interest in experimental evaluation and
validation of theoretical findings.  Programming skills, preferably in
perl, java, C or C++, are essential.  Familiarity with current trends in
automated reasoning (for the computational logic position) or statistical
and symbolic models of natural language processing (for the NLP position)
is a distinct advantage.

These positions are funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific
Research and the University of Amsterdam, as part of the `Pionier' project
`Computing with Meaning.'  This is an interdisciplinary project aimed at
identifying and using meaningful information in natural language texts.
The project will experiment with computational logic architectures that can
handle linguistic information structures at various levels of detail; this
involves new systems of flexible logics and algorithms, suitably combined.
The project has a generous equipment and travel budget.  Please consult for more
information about the project.

Both positions are four-year positions, and are expected to lead to a PhD
degree.  Candidates may be asked to assist with courses related to their
research areas.  The salary will range from 3159 Guilders (during the first
year) to 4511 Guilders (during the fourth year), gross per month.
Knowledge of Dutch is not a prerequisite, and candidates can be of any
nationality.  The starting date should be between September 1, 2001 and
January 1, 2002.

Anyone interested in these positions is invited to contact Maarten de Rijke
at mdr at  Applicants should submit a full resume including a
statement of research interests, and the names and email addresses of at
least three references to the same address by July 15, 2001.

Research interests within the Computational and Applied Logic group range
from automated reasoning, constraint programming, satisfability checking,
and formal verification to digital libraries, information retrieval,
computational semantics, and knowledge engineering.  The group is strongly
internationally oriented, and currently consists of 15 people; it is
expected to grow substantially over the next year.  Further details on the
group can be found at

Maarten de Rijke  |  Computational and Applied Logic Group  |  ILLC
U of Amsterdam | Plantage Muidergracht 24 | 1018 TV Amsterdam  | NL
Phone: +31 20 525 6511 / +31 6 28 194 881   |  Fax: +31 20 525 5101
E-mail: mdr at  |  URL:

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