Overview

The IXA group invites applications for two PhD studentships starting October
2018, for a period of three to four years.

The PhD positions are funded by the Spanish government in a competitive
call. We are ready to host and supervise the candidate, and to assist
with the PhD project and application procedure. The studentships cover
tuition fees and an stipend of 16.422? per year (1.173? in 14 monthly
payments)

Some possible topics for the PhD are the following:

– Machine Translation. Applying Unsupervised Machine Translation to
improve MT with scarce resources in specific domains and specific
language pairs.

– Knowledge Acquisition. Learning by Interacting with Humans: Use
previous dialogue experiences to train the domain and dialogue
management modules of chatbots, based on deep learning techniques,
with applications to community question answering.

– Multilingual Text Acquisition. Automatic development of semantic
processors leveraging parallel data: (i) using word alignments
traditionally used in MT (ii) using continuous word representations.

– Vision and Language. Multimodal representations for richer semantic
interpretations: using grounded multimodal representation for word and
sentences that combine textual and visual features to acquire
background knowledge information

– Deep learning for NLP. Deep learning architectures to model Natural
Language Inference (NLI and STS datasets), with applications to
community question answering.

– Deep learning for NLP. Learning by interacting with humans: Use
previous dialogue experiences to train the domain and dialogue
management modules of chatbots, based on deep learning techniques,
with applications to community question answering.

– Domain Adaptation: Explore automatic techniques to improve the
performance of NLP tools in legal and medical domains, with emphasis
on information extraction

– Discourse and Pragmatics: Coreference and Opinion Mining. / Event
identification. /Discourse Structure and Summarization.

Company:

University of the Basque Country

Qualifications:

240 ECTS already completed with excellent grades in a computer
science-related degree.

Additional 60 ECTS e.g. in a master degree to be completed by September
2018 at the latest.

Experience in NLP and deep learning preferred. Excellent programming and
mathematical skills preferred. Fluent English

Please see URL for the details about the Spanish Government call:
(http://www.mecd.gob.es/servicios-al-ciudadano-mecd/catalogo/educacion/estudiantes/becas-ayudas/para-estudiar/universidad/doctorado/fpu.html)

Educational level:

Master Degree

Level of experience (years):

Mid Career (2+ years of experience)

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