PhD in Low-Resource Natural Language Processing & Computational Modeling of
Language Learning (1.0) (V24.0068)Job description
Applications are invited for a 4-year salaried PhD position within the research project “Polyglot Machines: Human-like Learning of Morphologically Rich Languages”, financed by a NWO-VIDI Talent Grant and coordinated by Principal Investigator (PI) dr. Arianna Bisazza. This is an interdisciplinary project at the intersection of Computational Linguistics/Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computational Psycholinguistics and Language Acquisition.
The PhD Project Despite the impressive advances made possible by neural networks, current NLP systems are still far from displaying the learning abilities of humans in many languages. By contrast, children around the world acquire extremely diverse languages in comparable time spans and from considerably less linguistic input than that required by neural networks.
This project aims to improve language modeling for low-resource morphologically rich languages, taking inspiration from child language acquisition insights. Among other methodologies, an artificial language learning paradigm will be used to simulate the learning of typologically diverse languages and evaluate the effect of known properties of child- directed language on the acquisition of morphology and other language aspects. Other possible research directions include: the design of better input segmentation methods; language acquisition inspired curriculum learning; and leveraging existing language resources (like dictionaries or morphological analyzers) to boost the learning process in very low-resource settings.
This PhD project offers a unique opportunity to work in an international environment and to acquire valuable research experience: You will be carrying out research in the context of the Computational Linguistics group, which is part of the Centre for Language and Cognition of the University of Groningen (CLCG).
You will be asked to:
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In accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities, the University of Groningen offers you:
The appointment will commence in September 2024. We allow 3 months from selection in case of VISA applications.Application
Applications must be made in English and contain the following materials:
Please send in your application as three PDF files:
NOTE: Incomplete applications may be desk rejected.
You may apply for this position until 11 March 11:59PM / before 12 March 2024 Dutch local time (CET) by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the university website).
Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held indicatively in the second or third week of April.
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PhD in Low-Resource Natural Language Processing & Computational Modeling of Language Learning (1.0)
University of Groningen
February 06, 2024
March 12, 2024
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