Jobs [internship, 4-5 months]: NLP

[Job posted on august 1st 2015 by Xerox on List LN]

Internship in NLP

Xerox Research Centre Europe, located in Grenoble, is offering the
following internship for Fall 2015:


*Weighted tree-based transducers for natural language generation in the
context of a dialogue system*



Contact: Marc Dymetman

*Duration*: 4 to 5 months

*Start Date*: As soon as possible after September 2015


In the context of a human-machine dialogue system being developed at
XRCE, the internship will have aim of exploring the applicability of
weighted/probabilistic finite-state tree transducers (and related
formalisms such as tree-to-string transducers) to the problem of
generating textual utterances from semantic representations produced by
a DM (dialogue manager).

The advantages of such transducers are that they support operations such
as composition and intersection (in particular with language models),
and are well-suited for reversible processing (parsing as the reverse of

The internship will build on work done at XRCE with string-based
transducers, which it will attempt to adapt and extend towards
tree-based machines, either based on external toolkits (such as Tiburon
[May and Knight 2006]) or on specially developed software.

The ideal candidate should be a Computer Science student at the Master
or (preferably) PhD level, with some experience of weighted tree-based
transducers (or at least string-based transducers), as well as of
associated software tools. Strong programming skills are a requirement
(Python, C++, Java…). Conference publication of the work will be
strongly encouraged.

Please note that applicants must be registered students at a university
or other academic institution and that this establishment will need to
sign an ‘Internship Convention’ with Xerox before the student is

If you would like to submit your application, please send it to <> or to <>.
Please mention “*Tree based transducers*” in your subject line.


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