Overview

Speech and Language Technologies (SLTs)* are a range of *Artificial
Intelligence (AI)* approaches which allow computer programs or
electronic devices to analyse, produce, modify or respond to human texts
and speech. SLTs are underpinned by a number of fundamental research
fields including *natural language processing, speech processing,
computational linguistics, mathematics, machine learning, physics,
psychology, computer science, and acoustics*. SLTs are now established
as core scientific/engineering disciplines within AI and have grown into
a world-wide multi-billion dollar industry.
Located in the Department of Computer Science
<http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/dcs>, at the University of Sheffield
? a world leading research institution in
the SLT field ? the *UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Speech
and Language Technologies and their Applications* is a vibrant research
centre that also provides training in engineering skills, leadership,
ethics, innovation, entrepreneurship, and responsibility to society.
Apply now: https://slt-cdt.ac.uk/apply/
*The benefits:*

* Four-year fully-funded studentship covering all fees and an enhanced
stipend (£17,000 pa)
* Generous personal allowance for research-related travel, conference
attendance, specialist equipment, etc.
* A full-time PhD with Integrated Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip)
incorporating 6 months of foundational SLT training prior to
starting your research project
* Bespoke cohort-based training programme running over the entire four
years providing the necessary skills for academic and industrial
leadership in the field.
* Supervision from a team of over 20 internationally leading SLT
researchers, covering all core areas of modern SLT research, and a
broader pool of over 50 academics in cognate disciplines with
interests in SLTs and their application
* Every PhD project is underpinned by a real-world application,
directly supported by one of our industry partners.
* A dedicated CDT workspace within a collaborative and inclusive
research environment hosted by the Department of Computer Science
* Work and live in Sheffield – a cultural centre on the edge of the
Peak District National Park which is in the top 10 most affordable
UK university cities (WhatUni? 2019).

Company:

University of Sheffield

Qualifications:

We are looking for students from a wide range of backgrounds interested
in Speech and Language Technologies.

* High-quality (ideally first class) undergraduate or masters (ideally
distinction) degree in a relevant discipline. Suitable backgrounds
include (but are not limited to) computer science/software
engineering; informatics; AI; speech and language processing;
mathematics; physics; linguistics; cognitive science; and engineering.
* Regardless of background, you must be able to demonstrate strong
mathematical aptitude (minimally to A-Level standard or equivalent)
and experience of programming.
* We particularly encourage applications from groups that are
underrepresented in technology.
* Candidates must satisfy the UKRI funding eligibility criteria.
Students must have settled status in the UK and have been
?ordinarily resident? in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the
start of the studentship. Full details of eligibility criteria can
be found on our website.

Educational level:

Master Degree

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