[Corpora-List] PhD studentship in Natural Language Processing, University of Edinburgh

Mirella Lapata mlap at inf.ed.ac.uk
Sat Apr 2 22:08:07 CEST 2011


Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation School of Informatics University of Edinburgh

The Institute for Language, Cognition and Computation (ILCC) at the University of Edinburgh invites applications for a three-year PhD studentship starting in September 2011. ILCC is dedicated to the pursuit of basic and applied research on computational approaches to language, communication and cognition.

The studentship is associated with the EPSRC project "An Integrated Model of Syntactic and Semantic Prediction in Human Language Processing". The aim of this project is to develop a model that combines probabilistic incremental parsing with compositional distributional semantics in order to achieve a broad-coverage account of human language processing that can simulate reading time data. The project will also apply this model to NLP tasks such as text simplification.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Frank Keller and Dr. Mirella Lapata, and will work on a topic drawn from following research areas:

o probabilistic parsing, including incremental parsing, unsupervised

parsing, and crosslinguistic parsing

o distributional models of semantics, including compositional and

syntax-aware vector-space models and topic models

o models of human language processing, including models that integrate

syntactic and semantic processing

o models of eye-tracking data in reading, including applications such

as text simplification

The successful candidate will have a good honors degree or equivalent in computational linguistics, artificial intelligence, computer science, or a related discipline. He/she will have strong programming skills and previous experience in natural language processing, e.g., in parsing, distributional semantics, or probabilistic modeling.

The studentship covers maintenance at the research council rate of around GBP 13 500 per year, plus tuition fees at the EU/UK rate. Applications are restricted to UK/EU citizens. The start date of the studentship is flexible, but can be no earlier than September 1, 2011.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Frank Keller (keller at inf.ed.ac.uk) or Dr. Mirella Lapata (mlap at inf.ed.ac.uk). To apply, please follow the instructions at:


As your research area, please select "Institute of Communicating and Collaborative Systems". On the application form under "Research Project", please state "EPSRC Studentship: SynSem".

Application deadline: May 15, 2011.

Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this cannot be guaranteed.

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