Research Associate in Spoken Interaction Management and Adaptive Learning

Heriot-Watt University - School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Applications are sought for a Research Associate post in the Interaction Lab in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. The Research Assistant will work on the EPSRC project "MaDrIgAL - Multi-Dimensional Interaction Management and Adaptive Learning" (EP/N017536/1) to investigate, develop, and evaluate advanced machine learning approaches for spoken dialogue systems. In particular, we seek a candidate with experience in deep learning approaches to response generation or multi-task learning, and closely related fields.

Detailed research duties are to implement and evaluate methods for response generation and multi-task learning in spoken dialogue systems, and to collect and analyse dialogue data. The successful applicant will also present the research outputs at project meetings and international conferences.

The main duties of the post are to perform collaborative research on the above-named EPSRC project, to contribute to research publications, to write and submit research articles, and to participate in EPSRC project research meetings and international conferences.

Key Objectives:

  • To implement and evaluate methods for response generation and multi-task learning in spoken dialogue systems.
  • To collect and analyse dialogue data.
  • To contribute to dissemination activities as specified in the project Technical Annexe.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A PhD in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence or a related field.
  • Research experience in advanced machine learning (e.g. deep learning, probabilistic graphical models)
  • Evidence of a strong publication record in the aforementioned areas
  • Excellent programming skills (Python, Java, or C++)
  • Good command of English in writing and speaking.

The post is available from February 2018 until May 2019 in the first instance, with opportunities for extension.

Closing date: 4 Jan 2018 23:00 (UK time)

Duration 16 months fixed-term

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