20.149 PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 06:27:21 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 20, No. 149.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist_at_princeton.edu

         Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2006 06:12:28 +0100
         From: <carlos.martin_at_urv.cat>
         Subject: 2nd International PhD School in
Language and SpeechTechnologies


Rovira i Virgili University
Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics
Tarragona, Spain


Foundational courses (March - April 2007)

Foundations of Linguistics I: Morphology, Lexicon
and Syntax - Gemma Bel-Enguix (Tarragona)
Foundations of Linguistics II: Semantics,
Pragmatics and Discourse - M. Dolores Jiménez-López (Tarragona)
Formal Languages - Carlos Martín-Vide (Tarragona)
Declarative Programming Languages: Prolog, Lisp -
various researchers at the host institute
Procedural Programming Languages: C, Java, Perl,
Matlab - various researchers at the host institute

Main courses (May - July and September - December 2007)

Anaphora Resolution - Ruslan Mitkov (Wolverhampton)
Annotating Time: Representational and Analytical
Issues - Branimir Boguraev (IBM Research, Yorktown Heights NY)
Basics of Statistical Speech Recognition - Frederick Jelinek (Baltimore MD)
Computational Morphology - Harald Trost (Vienna)
Discriminative Learning of Sequence and Parsing
Models - Fernando Pereira (Philadelphia PA)
Empirical Approaches to Word Sense
Disambiguation, Semantic Role Labeling, Semantic
Parsing, and Information Extraction - Raymond Mooney (Austin TX)
Foundations of Computational Semantics - Shalom Lappin (London)
Human and Machine Translation - Martin Kay (Stanford CA)
Information Extraction I - Ralph Grishman (New York NY)
Information Extraction II - Guy Lapalme (Montréal QC)
Language Processing for Human-Machine Dialogue
Modelling - Yorick Wilks (Sheffield)
Linguistic Corpora as Resources for Language Engineering - Udo Hahn (Jena)
Machine Learning Approaches to Developing
Language Processing Modules - Walter Daelemans (Antwerpen)
Multimodal Speech-Based Interfaces - Elisabeth André (Augsburg)
Natural Language Generation from a Cognitive
Perspective - Michael Zock (Marseille)
Natural Language Processing Pragmatics:
Probabilistic Methods and User Modeling
Implications - Ingrid Zukerman (Clayton)
Ontology Engineering: From Cognitive Science to
the Semantic Web - M. Teresa Pazienza (Roma)
POS Tagging, Chunking, and Shallow Parsing - Yuji Matsumoto (Nara)
Question Answering - Bernardo Magnini (Trento)
Search Methods in Natural Language Processing - Helmut Horacek (Saarbrücken)
Spoken Dialogue Systems - Diane Litman (Pittsburgh PA)
Statistical Machine Translation - Reinhard Rapp (Tarragona)
Text Mining for Knowledge Acquisition in the
Biomedical Domain - Lynette Hirschman (Mitre, Bedford MA)
Time in Language: Formal and Computational
Approaches - Inderjeet Mani (Mitre, Bedford MA)
Types and Semantic Roles in the Lexicon - James Pustejovsky (Waltham MA)
Words, Meanings, and Emotions - Rada Mihalcea (Dallas TX)

Optional courses (from the 6th International PhD
School in Formal Languages and Applications)

Mildly Context-Sensitive Grammars - Henning Bordihn (Potsdam)
Tree Adjoining Grammars - James Rogers (Richmond IN)
Unification Grammars - Shuly Wintner (Haifa)
Context-Free Grammar Parsing - Giorgio Satta (Padua)
Probabilistic Parsing - Mark-Jan Nederhof (Groningen)
Categorial Grammars - Michael Moortgat (Utrecht)
Grammatical Inference - Colin de la Higuera (Saint-Étienne)
Natural Language Processing with Symbolic Neural
Networks - Risto Miikkulainen (Austin TX)


Candidate students for the programme are welcome
from around the world. Most appropriate degrees
include Computer Science and Linguistics. Other
students (for instance, from Psychology, Logic,
Engineering or Mathematics) could be accepted
depending on the strengths of their undergraduate
education. The first two months of classes are
intended to homogenize the students' varied
background in linguistics, formal languages and programming languages.

In order to check eligibility for the programme,
the student must be certain that the highest
university degree s/he got enables her/him to be
enrolled in a doctoral programme in her/his home country.


2,120 euros in total, approximately.


After following the courses, the students
enrolled in the programme will have to defend a
research project and, later, a dissertation in
English in their own area of interest, in order
to get the so-called European PhD degree (which
is a standard PhD degree with an additional mark
of quality). All the professors in the programme
will be allowed to supervise students'
dissertations, as well as any other well-reputed
scientist at the discretion of the host institute.


The university will cover the tuition fees and
full-board accommodation expenses of all admitted
students during the first term. For the second
one, funding opportunities will be provided,
among others, by the Spanish Ministry for
Education and Science, the Spanish Ministry for
Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Becas
MAEC-AECI), and the European Commission (Alban
scheme for Latin American citizens).

Immediately after the courses and during the
writing of the PhD dissertation, some of the best
students will be offered 4-year research
fellowships, which will allow them to work in the
framework of the host institute.


In order to pre-register, one should post (not
fax, not e-mail) to the programme chairman:

- a xerocopy of the main page of the passport,
- a xerocopy of the university education diplomas,
- a xerocopy of the academic transcripts,
- full CV,
- letters of recommendation (optional),
- any other document to prove background, interest and motivation (optional).


Announcement of the programme: August 11, 2006
Pre-registration deadline: October 23, 2006
Selection of students: October 30, 2006
Starting of the 1st term: March 5, 2007
End of the 1st term: July 27, 2007
Starting of the 2nd term (tentative): September 3, 2007
End of the 2nd term (tentative): December 21, 2007
Defense of the research project (tentative): September 13, 2008
DEA examination (tentative): May 16, 2009


Contact the programme chairman, Carlos Martín-Vide, at carlos.martin_at_urv.cat


Research Group on Mathematical Linguistics
Rovira i Virgili University
Pl. Imperial Tàrraco, 1
43005 Tarragona, Spain

Phone: +34-977-559543, +34-977-554391

Fax: +34-977-559597, +34-977-554391
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