[Corpora-List] Post-doc: Discourse/Dialog parsing, University of Toulouse, France

Philippe Muller Philippe.Muller at irit.fr
Mon Sep 14 16:33:56 CEST 2015

In the context of the ERC Advanced Researcher project STAC (StrategicConversation), we are seeking a post doctoral fellow to work with STAC members at the University of Toulouse on automated statistical discourse analysis for Natural Language text and dialogues. Funded by the European Union, STAC is an international interdisciplinary project that aims to develop a new formal and robust model of conversation drawing on ideas in linguistics, philosophy, computer science and economics, and has built a corpus for studying conversation of around 1000 negotiation dialogues annotated with full discourse structures. Because these dialogues are chat sessions about sessions of an on-line game, the linguistic moves in the dialogues come embedded in a multi-modal simulated environment, which opens up the possibility of exploring multi-modal parsing of dialogue with discourse structure. The goal of this post-doc is to advance the state of the art in automated rhetorical analysis in two complementary directions: 1) integrating rich lexical information using distributional representations in the prediction of discourse structure, 2) exploiting features of the extra-linguistic context.

We are particularly interested in applicants with strong background in supervised and semi-supervised machine learning approaches to NLP problems, and competence on discourse and/or lexical semantics. Familiarity with chat or dialogue data is a plus.

Duration: 1 year, potentially renewable for another year Raw Salary: 2900 euros per month

Contact: Nicholas Asher (PI) --- asher at irit.fr Philippe Muller --- muller at irit.fr

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