Emploi [stage, 6 mois] : TAL

[Offre diffusée le 21 décembre 2013 sur la liste LN]

Stage en TAL et traduction automatique

Internship in Natural Language Processing and Machine Translation

NLP Group, Idiap Research Institute, Martigny, Switzerland


Applications are invited for a 6-month internship at the Master level in
the field of natural language processing and statistical machine
translation. The internship is offered in relation to the Swiss MODERN
project (www.idiap.ch/project/modern) aiming at modeling discourse
entities and relations for improving MT. The intern will work within the
NLP group at the Idiap Research Institute.

The goal of the internship is to integrate existing tools for anaphora
resolution (in-house and third party ones) with phrase-based SMT models
(mainly using the Moses open-source system). Following previous work,
the intern will examine whether statistical predictions about the
features of target pronouns (gender, number, grammatical function, and
others) can be used when training SMT and when translating (decoding)
new texts. The intern will implement methods to derive such features,
will use the features in an SMT model (e.g. a factored one), and will
measure the variation in translation quality.

The applicants should have a background in computer science or
linguistics, with previous experience in SMT and NLP being a strong
advantage. The applicants should have demonstrable programming skills in
at least one programming language such as Perl or Python, Java or C/C++.
Experience with the Moses system and/or anaphora resolution systems
would be a plus. Good command of English is mandatory and knowledge of
another European language such as French, German or Dutch would be an

The screening of the applications will start on February 1st, 2014 and
will continue until the position is filled. The intended starting date
is in spring 2014. The appointment is for 6 months, with a gross
internship salary of 2000 CHF per month. Participation in the MODERN
project will entail interaction with project partners at the
Universities of Zurich, Geneva, and Utrecht.

How to apply:

Please fill in and submit your application through the Idiap online
recruitment system, by clicking on the position’s title at

Contact information:

Further information about this position can be requested via the Idiap
online recruitment system or by contacting Dr. Andrei Popescu-Belis,
head of the NLP group.

About Idiap:

Idiap is an independent, non-profit research institute recognized and
supported by the Swiss Government, and affiliated with the Ecole
Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). It is located in the town of
Martigny in Valais, a scenic region in the south of Switzerland,
surrounded by the highest mountains of Europe, and offering exciting
recreational activities, including hiking, climbing and skiing, as well
as varied cultural activities. It is within close proximity to Geneva
and Lausanne. Although Idiap is located in the French part of
Switzerland, English is the working language. Free French lessons are

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a
young, dynamic, and multicultural environment. Idiap is an equal
opportunity employer and is actively involved in the “Advancement of
Women in Science” European initiative. The Institute seeks to maintain a
principle of open competition (on the basis of merit) to appoint the
best candidate, provides equal opportunity for all candidates, and
equally encourage both genders to apply.

Andrei Popescu-Belis