PHD STUDENTSHIP IN NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
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 2012. 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 "A Unified Model of Compositional and Distributional Semantics: Theory and Applications". The aim of this project is to develop a general modeling framework of compositional distributional semantics and apply it to cognitive modeling and large-scale NLP tasks.
The student will be supervised by Dr. Mirella Lapata, and will work on a topic drawn from following research areas:
o distributional models of semantics, including compositional and
syntax-aware vector-space models
o topic models (including non-parametric and syntactic variants)
o Bayesian models of Lexical Acquisition
o Bayesian language models
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 machine learning and/or natural language processing.
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 EU/UK citizens. The start date of the studentship is flexible, but can be no earlier than September 1, 2012.
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: BayesComp". Once you have submitted an application, please notify Dr. Mirella Lapata (mlap at inf.ed.ac.uk).
Application deadline: June 31, 2012.
Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this cannot be guaranteed.
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