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Category:   E-Job
Subject:   Postdoc job announcement
Email:   stergos.afantenos_(on)_irit.fr
Date received:   23 Apr 2013

In the context of the ERC Advanced Researcher project STAC (StrategicConversation), we are seeking a post doctoral fellow for 1 to 2 years to work with STAC members at the University of Toulouse on discourse parsing for texts and dialogues. We have strong competences in the theoretical analysis of discourse structure and dynamic semantics and have worked on discourse parsing for several years. We have also developed discourse structured annotated corpora in both English and French. The task in STAC is on the one hand to advance the state of the art in discourse parsing, especially parsing of dialogues, and on the other to advance theoretical analysis of conversations where agents are pursuing diverse and often opposing goals. We see the two parts of the project as interdependent. Better theoretical models of strategic dialogue will lead to better annotation models and learning models for their discourse structure. We are also interested in how discourse structures for dialogues interact with argumentation structures: both are graph based representations of aspects of content in a conversation, and we aim to explore the interactions between the two. (see, for example, http://www.aclweb.org/anthology-new/C/C12/C12-1115.pdf and http://hal.inria.fr/docs/00/75/06/18/PDF/gamnlp.pdf) We are particularly interested in applicants with a background in unsupervised, semi-supervised or active learning techniques and who have familiarity with NLP techniques for dealing with chat or dialogue data. We are in the process of collecting a growing corpus of on-line chat negotiations that we are seeking to analyze and learn discourse structure from. Part of this data (estimated to be 200f the total corpus) is annotated both at a level of dialogue acts and at the level of discourse structure; this data can act as a seed for learning. The corpus will be complete by summer 2013 and the post-doc is expected to start in september 2013. Language: English and/or French Period: 1 to 2 years. Gross salary: 2919€ (approx. $4000) per month. Laboratory: IRIT, CNRS/Université Paul Sabatier http://www.irit.fr/ About Toulouse: Toulouse is ideally situated in the heart of Southern France, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean and very close to the Pyrenees mountains, Spain and Andorra. For more information: http://www.uk.toulouse-tourisme.com/accueil/index_en.php http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toulouse http://wikitravel.org/en/Toulouse __________________________________________ - ELSNET mailing list Elsnet-list_(at)_elsnet.org - To manage your subscription go to: http://mailman.elsnet.org/mailman/listinfo/elsnet-list

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