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The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh invites
applications for a three-year PhD studentship starting in September
2010. The student will be based in the Institute of Communicating and
Collaborative Systems (ICCS) and the Human Communication Research
Centre (HCRC), which together form one of the world’s largest
concentration of researchers studying the theoretical, computational,
and cognitive aspects of language and speech.

The studentship is associated with the European Research Council
project “Synchronous Linguistic and Visual Processing”. The aim of the
project is to investigate the cognitive processes that unfold when
humans view a visual scene and listen to a speech stimulus at the same
time. The project encompasses both experimental research using
eye-tracking and computational work using machine learning and
probabilistic modeling.

The student will be supervised by Dr. Frank Keller, and will work on a
topic drawn from following research areas:

o probabilistic parsing, including unsupervised parsing,
crosslinguistic parsing, and synchronous parsing

o models of human language processing, including models that integrate
syntactic and semantic processing

o computational approaches that combine language and image processing

o models of eye-tracking data in reading and visual scenes, including
applications such as readability assessment or post-editing

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 natural language processing, e.g.,
in parsing, machine translation, or cognitive modeling,

The studentship will provide maintenance only funding at an enhanced
research council rate. Applications are restricted to UK/EU citizens.
The start date of the studentship is flexible, but can be no later
than September 1, 2010.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Frank Keller
( 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 “ERC Studentship: Synchronous Processing”.

Application deadline: May 15, 2010.

Applications received after the deadline may be considered, but this
cannot be guaranteed.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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