mercredi 12 décembre 2012

Post-Doc "Data driven computational semantics", Groningen

Une annonce de post-doc dans une équipe très active en sémantique computationnelle, date limite 15 janvier.

Postdoc Data-driven computational semantics (1,0 fte) (212279)


Since its foundation in 1614, the University of Groningen has enjoyed an international reputation as a dynamic and innovative centre of higher education offering high-quality teaching and research. The Center for Language and Cognition Groningen, CLCG, is a research institute based in the Faculty of Arts with research groups (among others) in computational linguistics, syntax and semantics, discourse and communication, and neurolinguistics. It offers a postdoc position in the area of computational semantics and machine learning.

Job description

Applications are invited for a fully-funded 2-year postdoc position (with a possible extension of 6-12 months) focussing on data-driven computational semantics, as part of the Deep Meaning Annotation Project, funded by an endowed-chair position.  The postdoc position will focus on the use and development of machine learning approaches for semantic processing. One of the challenges will be to develop statistical models for semantic disambiguation taking into account annotated data collected by games with a purpose and expert annotators, including tasks such as word sense disambiguation, named entity recognition, noun-noun compound interpretation, and anaphora resolution. The research will be carried out as part of the computational semantics group headed by Prof. Johan Bos, which currently consists of three PhD students.  


Candidates must have a PhD (or close to completion) in computer science, artificial intelligence, computational linguistics or a closely related area. In addition, they should have a strong background in machine learning and natural language processing, and good programming skills, and enjoy working in a closely collaborating team.

Conditions of employment

The University of Groningen offers a starting salary of ¤ 3,195 (scale 11.0 CAO-NU) gross per month, with an additional 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end of year bonus on the basis of of a full time appointment. You will be based in Groningen for the duration of the contract. The position is funded for two years at 1.0 fte (with a possible extension of 6-12 months). 


You can apply for this vacancy not later than 15 January 2013 Dutch local time by means of the application form (click on "Apply" below on the advertisement on the universities website).  Interviews are scheduled on 23 January 2013.  Please include in your application:
  • a letter of motivation in which you describe why you are interested in   this project, and why you think you are a good candidate 
  • your curriculum vitae (including selected publications) 
  • the names and e-mail addresses of two referees.  
For information you can contact Prof. Johan Bos, johan a-dot bos at rug another-dot nl

mardi 11 décembre 2012

Projets LI 2013: premiers éléments

Les sujets de projets LI (L3 et M1) pour l'année 2013 vont être rendus publics très rapidement. En attendant, voici quelques informations pertinentes. [edit 15/01: les projets sont en ligne.]

Des sujets vont être proposés, mais il est possible de proposer ses propres sujets, et pour cela vous pouvez vous inspirer des listes des années précédente. En voici quelques-unes (d'autres listes peuvent être trouvées en fouillant dans la liste compilée par Talisman, ou dans mes archives).
  • remise des projets : décembre 2012
  • inscription (choix d'un sujet): avant le 11 janvier 2013 1er février 2013
  • pré-soutenance : semaine du 18 mars 2013
  • soutenance (1e session):  semaine du 27 mai 2013
  • soutenance (2e session): semaine du 14 juin 2013
Les conseils postés sur ce blog l'an dernier restent valables...

lundi 26 novembre 2012

Cursus: MSc Logic Programme, ILLC, Amsterdam

Un cursus pluridisciplinaire et européen, de haut niveau, dans un des meilleurs laboratoires d'Europe, pour les étudiants intéressés par les mathématiques, l'informatique, la logique, la philosophie et la linguistique:

The MSc Logic Programme at the ILLC, University of Amsterdam

The MSc Logic, offered by the the Institute for Logic, Language and
Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam, is a two-year
Master's programme providing intensive interdisciplinary research
training for excellent students with a first degree in Mathematics,
Computer Science, Philosophy, Linguistics, or a related discipline.

*Courses*: We offer a unique combination of over 40 courses in
Mathematical Logic, Theoretical Computer Science, Artificial
Intelligence, Philosophical Logic, Formal Semantics and Pragmatics,
Philosophy of Language, Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Science,
and Mathematical Economics. You will be guided by an academic mentor
to design your own personal programme of study out of this pool of
courses, supplemented with a number of small individual research
projects. The final semester is devoted to the writing of a Master's
thesis, which in the past has often lead to scholarly publications.

*Language*: All courses are taught in English. At any given time, the
programme hosts students from at least 25 different countries.

*Career opportunities*: Most of our graduates embark on an academic
career and continue with a PhD, often at top universities all over the
world. Other career opportunities include the software industry and
management consulting.

*Application*: The application deadlines for September 2013 entry are
1 April 2013 for students from European countries and 1 February 2013
for all others.

Please visit to find out more.

samedi 24 novembre 2012

Expérience en psycholinguistique

Les chercheurs Andrew Nevins, Michael Becker et Donca Steriade poursuivent des investigations sur le français et ont besoin de recueillir des données.

Pouvez-vous, svp, leur consacrer quelques minutes (c'est facile et rapide) et diffuser dans vos réseaux (il leur faut entre 50 et 100 sujets).
 L'expérience ne prend que quelques minutes, n'hésitez pas à cliquer pour leur fournir des données de francophones natifs.

samedi 10 novembre 2012

Traduction "manuelle" : Translitterature

Evidemment, nous, on s'intéresse plutôt à la traduction automatique. Mais au vu des performances des traducteurs automatique d'aujourd'hui, il reste une large place pour la traduction manuelle, et c'est plutôt une bonne nouvelle.

Alors pour changer un peu des articles de l'ACL, je vous invite à feuilleter la revue Translitterature, qui à l'occasion de ses vingt ans, "s'offre Internet", et permet l'accès à ses numéros anciens.

TransLittérature est une revue semestrielle co-éditée par l'Association des traducteurs littéraires de France (ATLF) et par les Assises de la traduction littéraire en Arles (ATLAS). Réalisée par des praticiens de la traduction, elle s'est fixé pour but de livrer une réflexion sur le métier de traducteur et d'élaborer un discours sur cette activité.

vendredi 9 novembre 2012

Bourse Post-Doc: Milan, études psycholinguistiques et computationnelles

Ouverture prochaine des candidatures pour une bourse post-doctorale au laboratoire MoMo Lab à l'université de Milan: dans ce laboratoire qui se consacre aux modèles morphologiques, il s'agit de mener des études psycholinguistiques et/ou de modélisation computationnelles.

Durée max: 23 mois, date limite : 22 novembre.

A new post-doctoral position will be available soon at the University of Milano-Bicocca to work in the MoMo lab on the visual identification of morphologically complex words. The project will involve psycholinguistic and computational studies, and is funded by a 4-year grant of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research worth around 470K Euros. The lab features a dedicated room for behavioural testing and a high-performance computing facility for computational modeling and advanced data analysis. Eye-tracking, EEG, TMS and fMRI facilities are also available at the departmental level.
The post is ideally suited for experimental psychologists and computational scientists who already have some experience in post-doctoral research and want to work in a young and stimulating environment with some degree of independence; however, fresh PhDs with no previous post-doctoral experience are also welcome to apply. Knowledge of Italian is NOT an essential requirement.
The post is for 23 months and is due to start on January 1st, 2013. More information on the lab head and the activity involved by the research project can be found at
The official job call is out on the website of the University of Milano Bicocca HERE. Those who are interested in the post are encouraged to send an e-mail to David Crepaldi at any time.
The deadline for applications is November 22nd; interviews will be held on November 30th and can also be carried out over the phone or via VoIP applications (such as Skype).

jeudi 8 novembre 2012

Offre de stage M1/M2: HomeLoc

Une offre de stage dont l'objet sera d'améliorer un système existant de génération de descriptions en langage naturel à partir des données structurées sur des offres de location de vacances.

Plutôt pour des étudiants en M1, mais peut convenir à des étudiants de L3 motivés.

Plus de détails.

mercredi 7 novembre 2012

Etude en ligne: pragmatique de la langue française

Une étude en ligne en pragmatique de la langue française. Tout locuteur adulte est le bienvenu, des apprenants aux locuteurs de langue maternelle. La participation dure moins de 30 minutes.

I am writing to recruit volunteers to complete a survey about social appropriateness in French as a first and second language. The survey includes rating the appropriateness of different language features in different social situations and in relation to other social factors. It should take less than 30 minutes to complete.
To access the survey, please follow this link:
This survey is part of a research study conducted by Rémi A. van Compernolle ( at Carnegie Mellon University. Participation is completely voluntary, and you must be at least 18 to participate.

dimanche 4 novembre 2012

Wordrobe: jouer utilement sur Internet

On pourrait appeler ça des JIC, Jeu avec Intention Cachée, mais c'est l'acronyme anglais qui a été choisi: GWAP, pour game with a purpose.

Il s'agit d'une technique de calcul informatique qui fonctionne en sous-traitant certaines étapes du calcul à des joueurs (il faut donc que ces étapes présentent un intérêt ludique).

wikipedia n'hésite pas à parler d'« interaction homme-machine symbiotique »... En tout cas, c'est très pratique pour obtenir un grand nombre de données "spontanées", et les recherches récentes en TAL et en linguistique (voir par exemple ce papier de Gibson et Fedorenko, ou les communications au Workshop on Crowdsourcing Technologies for Language and Cognition) montrent l'intérêt de ces techniques (on parle de crowdsourcing).

Il y a un débat délicat sur la dimension éthique des techniques de crowdsourcing qui paient les travailleurs (voir ce papier, ou cet article de l'encyclopédie philosophique de Stanford), mais il n'y a en général pas de problème avec les GWAP, puisque les joueurs travaillent pour le plaisir, et pas pour l'argent...

Un nouveau jeu à essayer : wordrobe. Il vise à faciliter la qualité de l'annotation d'un corpus annoté sémantiquement en profondeur (Groningen Meaning Bank). Bien sûr, tout ça est en anglais...

Si vous avez du temps, essayez aussi phrasedetectives, toujours pertinent, pour la résolution des anaphores.

Et si vous ne voulez jouer qu'en français, il y a toujours !

mercredi 31 octobre 2012

Bourses PhD: approches expérimentales du langage

Les candidatures sont ouvertes pour des bourses doctorales dans le cadre d'un programme Erasmus Mundus appelé "International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain". Date limite le 15 novembre.

We are now accepting applications for the Erasmus Mundus Program "International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain" (IDEALAB) .
The PhD program has been established as an outstanding 3-year doctoral training to its candidates to study structure, processing and foundations of human language integrating interdisciplinary approaches.

For this purpose, four European universities  (Potsdam (GER),Groningen (NL), Newcastle- upon-Tyne (GB), Trento/Rovereto (IT)) and one non-European university (Macquarie University Sydney (AU)) provide an intellectual environment for original and independent research on experimental and clinical aspects of language and the brain.  Associated members from Research & Development industries contribute in various ways to the program and stimulate an innovative environment. They are potential co-supervisors and are involved in training.
Finally, there are seven clinics associated to the consortium, amongst others the non-European rehabilitation center in Moscow which is the world?s largest centre for language disorders in the world. The associated clinics provide internships to study unimpaired as well as impaired language of children and adults.

The program is jointly offered by a transnational consortium with an integrated study program along with required mobility between the participating institutions. The mobility plan of each individual young researcher is tailored according to the particular specialities required by the thesis topic.

The application period ends on November 15, 2012.  Further information can be found at our website:

La future salle machine

Dans peu de temps, nous allons renouer avec une situation perdue depuis que Paris 7 a quitté Jussieu (au siècle dernier...): le cursus LI va disposer d'une salle machine digne de ce nom, dans les locaux Olympe de Gouges.

Pour le moment, la salle ressemble à ça:

... mais bientôt, j'espère, il y aura des ordinateurs sur les tables, et une armoire pour Talisman...

vendredi 26 octobre 2012

Jobs: CDD Développeur Interface Homme Machine/ Extraction d’Information

La plateforme digital CorText  de l’IFRIS propose actuellement un poste de développeur logiciel d’intégration de système pour l’annotation de graphes.

Plus de détails.

jeudi 25 octobre 2012

On recherche sujets d'expérience

Dans le cadre d'une recherche sur les mécanismes impliqués dans la compréhension du langage, on recherche des sujets prêts à répondre à un questionnaire en ligne. Cela prend environ 15 minutes.

jeudi 18 octobre 2012

Job: Bourse de thèse à Tilburg

Le Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) et le Tilburg Department of Philosophy offrent une bourse de thèse portant sur la modélisation logique et computationnelle du raisonnement moral.

Un domaine dans lequel les compétences d'un linguiste informaticien peuvent être utiles, surtout si elle vont avec une curiosité pluridisciplinaire. La date limite est le 15 novembre.

*PhD student in Logical and Computational Models of Moral Reasoning*

The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science (TiLPS) and the
Tilburg Department of Philosophy invite applications for a PhD
position in logical and computational models of moral reasoning.
Individuals are encouraged to apply who have an interest in logical
and computational theories of ordinary reasoning, in linguistic
semantics, and in formal ethics.

*The job*
In recent years there has been a remarkable convergence between 1) the
modal logic of graded modalities, as exemplified by David Lewis' early
work on counterfactuals, 2) the linguistic semantics of modal verbs,
including /should/ and /ought/, as exemplified by Angelika Kratzer's
work, and 3) recent work on contextualist ethics (Janice Dowell,
Stephen Finlay, Gunnar Björnsson and others). The PhD student will
work in this general area and will focus on the definition of a set of
tableau rules for moral reasoning. There will be close collaboration
with researchers working in the NWO funded program "Towards Logics
that Model Natural Reasoning" led by Reinhard Muskens (see, but also with the Tilburg Ethics
Research Group led by Alan Thomas (see The selected candidate is
expected to have written a PhD thesis by the end of the contract.

*Your profile*
- You have a Master's degree in linguistics, logic, artificial
   intelligence, formal ethics, or a related field.
- You have excellent writing skills and a good command of English.
- You have proven research abilities and formal skills.
- You look forward to working in an interdisciplinary research team.
- You have experience in logic and in formal semantics or in
   computational semantics in the logical tradition.
- You are strongly motivated to complete a PhD thesis within four

*Employment terms and conditions*
Tilburg University is rated among the top Dutch employers, offering
excellent terms of employment. The collective labour agreement of
Tilburg University applies. The selected candidates will start with a
contract for one year, concluded by an evaluation. Upon a positive
outcome of the first-year evaluation, the candidate will be offered an
employment contract for the remaining three years. The PhD candidate
will be ranked in the Dutch university job ranking system (UFO) as a
PhD-student (promovendus) with a starting salary of E 2.042.-- gross
per month in the first year, up to E 2.612.-- in the fourth year
(amounts fulltime). Candidates from outside the Netherlands may
qualify for a tax-free allowance equal to 30% of their taxable salary.
The university will apply for such an allowance on their behalf. The
Faculty will provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation. The
university offers very good fringe benefits (it is one of the best
non-profit employers in the Netherlands), such as an options model for
terms and conditions of employment and excellent reimbursement of
moving expenses.

The Tilburg Center for Logic and Philosophy of Science is devoted to
the study of logic and philosophy of science in all its forms.
Researchers working at TiLPS have a particular interest in using
formal methods, such as logic, game theory, decision theory, and the
like, to fields that are of relevance to /people/, such as human
reasoning, human decision making, human language and human
deliberation. This also results in a strong interest in the
philosophical problems of economics and the social and behavioural
sciences. The Center supports a full calendar of events, including
regular research seminars, workshops, conferences and a lecture
series, and is involved in the teaching of graduate students. The
Center maintains relations and sponsors programs with other units at
Tilburg University, including the Department of Philosophy, the
Faculty of Economics and Business Administration and the Faculty of
Social and Behavioural Sciences.

*Information and Application*
For more information, please contact Dr Reinhard Muskens, or Prof. Alan Thomas, (but do
/not/ send them your application).

Applications (in English) should include a cover letter, a curriculum
vitae, a two-page research proposal, and the names of two references.
You are also invited to include a sample of your writing if one is
available in English, French, German or Dutch. The application
deadline is November 15, 2012.

In order to apply, please go to and click one of the
links at the page bottom.

*Recruitment Code*
Tilburg University applies the recruitment code of the Dutch
Association for Personnel Management & Organisation Development (NVP).

The text of this vacancy advertisement is copyright-protected property
of Tilburg University. Use, distribution and further disclosure of the
advertisement without express permission from Tilburg University is
not allowed, and this applies explicitly to use by recruitment and
selection agencies which do not act directly on the instructions of
Tilburg University. Responses resulting from recruitment by
non-contractors of Tilburg Universities will not be handled.

vendredi 5 octobre 2012

Job (stage): Mysoft: Amélioration d'un dictionnaire médical

Un stage chez MySoft, qui est entre autres le distributeur du logiciel de correction orthographique Antidote. Plusieurs étudiantes du cursus (1 actuellement en M2, 1 en M1) viennent de finir un stage là-bas, vous pouvez leur demander leur avis.