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*** RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY ***
*** Post-Doctoral Research Associate ***
Natural Language Generation group (http://mcs.open.ac.uk/nlg/)
Centre for Research in Computing (http://crc.open.ac.uk) The Open University, UK
"CODA - COherent Dialogue Automatically generated from text"
Position based in Milton Keynes, UK (40 minutes from central London by train) Duration: 2 years (Full-time) Expected start date: March 1, 2009
*** Project Overview:
The Department of Computing at The Open University (OU) has recently been awarded research funds by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to develop the theory and technology for automatic transformation of text in monologue form to information-delivering dialogue, specifically dialogue between a 'layman' (e.g., patient or student) and an 'expert' (e.g., doctor or tutor).
The project will include construction of a parallel corpus of monologues and dialogues that express the same information. The corpus will be employed to develop and implement a system for mapping spans of text in monologue form to dialogue. For example, a text describing when and how to take a medicine may be transformed into the text of a dialogue between a patient and pharmacist. The aim is for the text in dialogue form to present the same information as the original text, but in a more memorable and engaging way.
In collaboration with the visiting researcher to the project, Dr. Prendinger of the National Institute of Informatics in Tokyo, the project will also investigate how the proposed technology for mapping monologue to dialogue can be interfaced with state-of-the-art multimedia information presentation systems (involving computer-animated characters and speech synthesis). The project will build on the pilot study described in Piwek et al. (2007).
Piwek, P., H. Hernault, H. Prendinger and M. Ishizuka (2007). Generating Dialogues between Virtual Agents Automatically from Text. In: Intelligent Virtual Agents: Proceedings of IVA07, LNAI 4722, pages 161-174. Springer Verlag.
*** A Research Position will be available on the project for:
a candidate with a Ph.D. degree in Computer Science (or related area)/equivalent experience, and good programming skills (preferably in Java).
Interest in all of the following areas and knowledge in at least one of the areas is desirable:
- Paraphrasing/Text-to-Text generation/
Machine Translation - Natural Language Generation - Dialogue Modelling - Corpus linguistics
£24,152 - £28,839 according to experience & qualifications.
Closing date for applications: 31 January 2009. Interviews are expected to be in February.
We welcome informal enquiries. Please contact Paul Piwek <P.Piwek at open.ac.uk> for further details and information on the formal application process.
Dr. Paul Piwek Lecturer in the Computing Department Centre for Research in Computing The Open University Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, UK
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