Sujet de these: 2 PhD positions in Statistical Machine Translation, UvA, Amsterdam

Thierry Hamon thierry.hamon at UNIV-PARIS13.FR
Tue Oct 8 20:31:18 UTC 2013

Date: Mon, 7 Oct 2013 12:24:52 +0000
From: "Bisazza, A." <A.Bisazza at>
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2 open PhD positions in Statistical Machine Translation at the
Informatics Institute, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

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Applications are invited for two fully-funded 4-year PhD positions in
the area of Statistical Machine Translation. The positions are funded
through an advanced research fellowship (Vidi scheme) by the Dutch
Science Foundation (NWO) and an NWO responsive mode research grant.

Please find further details (including the application procedure) at:

The application deadline for both positions is October 21, 2013.
The starting date for both positions is beginning 2014.

Research Description

The PhD research positions focus on improving state-of-the-art
statistical machine translation approaches by investigating how better
modeling of the generation process can be utilized to realize more
fluent and accurate translations. The research will aim to substantially
improve machine translation quality by achieving:

* robust translation quality across different genres, ranging from
  formal language use in legal documents to casual language use in
  social media;

* novel approaches to modeling word reordering problems;

* improved modeling of fluency criteria, in particular for languages for
  which only limited training data are available.

Successful candidates will be supervised by Dr. Christof Monz and based
in the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam. The
Informatics Institute consists of more than 40 members of permanent
research faculty, over 25 post-doctoral researchers, and more than 100
PhD students, together representing more than a dozen nationalities.
Members of the institute are actively pursuing a variety of research
initiatives, including machine translation, natural language processing,
(cross-language) information retrieval, social network analysis,
computer vision, machine learning, and multi-agent systems.


Applicants must have an MSc (or close to completion) in computer
science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics or a closely
related area. In addition, applicants should

- have strong curiosity to solve problems in natural language

- have a strong background in probability theory, statistics, and
  machine learning;

- have excellent programming skills in at least two of the following
  languages: C, C++, Java, Python, or Perl;

- enjoy working with real-world problems and real-word, large data

- have excellent communication skills, both oral and written;

- enjoy working in a closely collaborating team.

For specific questions please get in touch with Christof Monz
email: c.monz at

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