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The Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University is seeking a Research Scientist to work on multimodal spoken-language dialogue systems, starting as soon as possible, preferably 1 September 2008.

The ideal candidate is a Computational Linguist with an interest in the computational semantics and pragmatics of dialogue, with experience in formally-inspired and/or statistical/machine-learning approaches to natural language processing and dialogue modeling. The position requires a Ph.D. in computational linguistics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, or a related field. Applicants should have a demonstrated capacity to define and implement a research plan, and to conduct individual and collaborative research consonant with the dialogue-systems projects underway at CSLI.

Current research into dialogue at CSLI includes human-human, human-computer and human-robot dialogue modeling, and employs a variety of techniques, including symbolic and stochastic, theory and data-driven. Proficiency in multiple approaches relevant to current CSLI application areas will be highly valued, as will an ability to participate in implementation.

Research topics of particular interest include:
– robust semantic interpretation from noisy data (e.g. fragment
 parsing, role detection);
– robust context-based pragmatic interpretation (e.g. anaphora/
 ellipsis/fragment resolution, dialogue act detection);
– multi-party discourse modeling (e.g. group decision-making,
 collaborative task planning, addressee detection);
– multimodal dialogue management;
– multimodal incremental processing;
– probabilistic dialogue state/activity modeling and tracking.
The successful candidate will work with faculty, postdoctoral, and student researchers in the Dialogue Systems Group at CSLI, performing novel research and developing core infrastructure for natural multimodal conversational systems for a range of interactions and applications. Responsibilities will include supervising student research assistants and participating in proposal-preparation to attract new funding.

The CSLI Dialogue Systems Group consists of about fifteen people, and is involved in a number of projects including close collaboration with other Stanford departments, numerous other academic institutions, government agencies such as NASA, not-for-profit research organizations such as SRI, and various commercial enterprises. Current projects include: understanding multi-party conversational interaction; speech-enabled intelligent tutoring systems;  collaborative control of teams of robotic devices; and situated human-robot interaction.

The position is initially for 1 year, renewable for up to 3 years (contingent on continued funding). Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience, but is expected to be in a range starting from $70,000 for a junior appointee, to $90,000 for a senior appointee.

Applicants should submit a letter of application and a full resume or curriculum vitae with names and email addresses of at least three references. Please contact Stanley Peters and Raquel Fernandez ({peters,raquelfr} for further information.

Stanford University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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