[Corpora-List] post-doc in compositional distributional semantics

Marco Baroni marco.baroni at unitn.it
Fri Feb 6 09:59:58 CET 2015


The CIMeC-CLIC laboratory of the University of Trento, an interdisciplinary group of researchers studying language and cognition using computational and experimental methods announces the availability of a 2-year Post-Doc position.

The scholarship is partially funded by an European Research Council Starting Grant awarded to the COMPOSES (COMPositional Operations in SEmantic SPACE) project (clic.cimec.unitn.it/composes), that aims at modeling composition in distributional/vector-based semantics.

* Desired Profile *

We seek a brilliant researcher with a background in computational linguistics or closely related disciplines (e.g., AI, machine learning, with emphasis on dealing with language problems). Areas of special interest include:

- Distributional semantic models / word embeddings

- Data-driven compositional methods

- Neural networks, representation learning

- Machine learning with a focus on regression, large-scale

multivariate problems, incremental/curriculum learning

Good programming and mathematical skills are required.

If you think that your background is relevant to the research program outlined on the project website (clic.cimec.unitn.it/composes) and you have good quantitative skills, please get in touch even if you do not fit the profile above.

* Representative Publications from the COMPOSES project *

Our papers at ACL 2014 can give you an idea of the topics we are working on (see the website for more):

D. Paperno, N. Pham and M. Baroni. A practical and linguistically-motivated approach to compositional distributional semantics: http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/marco/publications/acl2014/paperno-etal-practical-comp-acl2014.pdf

G. Dinu and M. Baroni. How to make words with vectors: Phrase generation in distributional semantics: http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/marco/publications/acl2014/dinu-baroni-generation-acl2014.pdf

M. Baroni, G. Dinu and G. Kruszewski. Don't count, predict! A systematic comparison of context-counting vs. context-predicting semantic vectors: http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/marco/publications/acl2014/baroni-etal-countpredict-acl2014.pdf

A. Lazaridou, E. Bruni and M. Baroni. Is this a wampimuk? Cross-modal mapping between distributional semantics and the visual world: http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/marco/publications/acl2014/lazaridou-etal-wampimuk-acl2014.pdf

* The Research Environment *

The CLIC lab (clic.cimec.unitn.it) is a unit of the University of Trento's Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, www.unitn.it/en/cimec), an English-speaking, interdisciplinary center for research on brain and cognition whose staff includes neuroscientists, psychologists, (computational) linguists, computer scientists and physicists.

CLIC researchers, also affiliated with the Departments of Computer Science (DISI) and Psychology (DIPSCO), combine methods from computational linguistics, computer vision and machine learning, as well as brain, behavioural and corpus data, to study various aspects of human cognition.

CLIC is part of the larger network of research labs specializing in Natural Language Processing and related domains in the Trento region, one of the areas with the highest concentration of researchers in NLP and related fields anywhere in Europe.

The CIMeC-CLIC laboratories are located in beautiful Rovereto, a lively town in the middle of the Alps, famous for its contemporary art museum, the quality of its wine, and the range of outdoors sport and relax opportunities it offers (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rovereto).

* Application Information *

For further information, please send an expression of interest to marco.baroni at unitn.it, attaching a CV. The position is available immediately and open until filled.

-- Marco Baroni Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC) University of Trento http://clic.cimec.unitn.it/marco

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