Job: Postdoc a New York en TAL Arabe

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at LIPN.UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Fri Oct 14 12:18:58 UTC 2005

Date: Wed, 12 Oct 2005 11:27:59 -0400
From: "Owen Rambow" <rambow at>
Message-Id: <200510121529.j9CFTmGa027909 at>



The CADIM (Columbia Arabic DIalect Modeling) group at the Center for
Computational Learning Systems at Columbia University is looking for a
postdoc, to start fall 2005/winter 2006.

Project Description:

We are working on a project to develop natural language processing (NLP)
tools for Arabic dialects. Since many of the dialects are resource poor, the
premise of the work is to adapt resources from Modern Standard Arabic
(fusha). We are interested in using explicit linguistic knowledge in NLP
tools. While the engineering goal of the project is to build NLP tools, the
scientific goal is to better understand dialectal variation. The candidate
will work with a team of researchers on morphology, parsing, analysis of
code switching, and related topics. 

As minimum requirements, the candidate will have:

* A doctorate in computational linguistics, computer science, linguistics,
  cognitive science, electrical engineering, or a related discipline.
* Experience with corpus-based methods.
* Familiarity with linguistic notions from phonology, morphology, syntax
  and/or semantics.
* Familiarity with Semitic language phenomena
* Advanced programming skills.

The ideal candidate would also have:

* Hands-on experience with machine learning.
* Command of Modern Standard Arabic (fusha) and one of the Arabic dialects.
* Excitement about interdisciplinary work.

The exact start and end dates are open to negotiation. Columbia University
will help the candidate obtain any necessary visa and housing. Columbia
University is located in the heart of New York City, one of the culturally
most exciting, diverse, and inclusive cities in the world. For more
information, please contact Mona Diab (mdiab [at], Nizar
Habash (habash [at], or Owen Rambow (rambow [at] Also check out the project's website at
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