Sujet de These: Doctoral position at Idiap, Switzerland

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Sat Jul 10 19:44:19 UTC 2010

Date: Wed, 07 Jul 2010 12:35:07 +0200
From: Andrei Popescu-Belis <andrei.popescu-belis at>
Message-ID: <4C34585B.7000609 at>

Doctoral research position in multimodal interactive question

Idiap Research Institute
Martigny, Switzerland

Applications should be submitted online at:

Reviewing will start immediately and will continue until the position
is filled.  Inquiries can be addressed to Andrei Popescu-Belis, at:

*Job Description*

The objective of the proposed PhD work is to study new approaches to
question answering (QA) systems in the context of support tools for
group discussions.  The emphasis will be on interactive QA, in which
human users engage in spoken dialogue with a context-aware QA system,
during a group discussion.  The is to provide just-in-time question
answering with minimal intervention from the human user.

The work will advance natural language processing and human-computer
dialogue techniques, taking advantage of the integration with Idiap's
real-time speech recognition system, and building on Idiap's automatic
content linking system.  The work will target an application in the
realistic context of a smart meeting room.

The successful candidate should hold a master degree and demonstrate a
strong background in computer science and programming, and preferably
knowledge and past experience in natural language processing,
human-computer dialogue, HCI, or multimodal interaction. The position
is for four years, and the successful candidate should get enrolled in
one of EPFL's doctoral programs.

*About Idiap*

Idiap is an independent, non-profit research institute recognized and
supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).  It is located in the town
of Martigny in Valais, a scenic region in the south of Switzerland,
surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, and offering exciting
recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing, as
well as varied cultural activities.  It is within close proximity to
Geneva and Lausanne.  Although Idiap is located in the French part of
Switzerland, English is the working language.  Free French lessons are

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a
young, dynamic, and multicultural environment. Idiap is an equal
opportunity employer and is actively involved in the "Advancement of
Women in Science" European initiative.  The Institute seeks to
maintain a principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to
appoint the best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all
candidates, and equally encourage both genders to apply.

Andrei Popescu-Belis
Idiap Research Institute  |  tel: (41 27) 721 7729
Centre du Parc            |  fax: (41 27) 721 7712
P.O. Box 592              | at
CH-1920 Martigny          |

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