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FYI: 1st Intl PhD School in Language and Speech Technologies


Author: Carlos Martin-Vide

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics

FYI Body: 1ST INTERNATIONAL PHD SCHOOL IN LANGUAGE AND SPEECH TECHNOLOGIES 2005-2007

ROVIRA I VIRGILI UNIVERSITY
RESEARCH GROUP ON MATHEMATICAL LINGUISTICS
TARRAGONA, SPAIN

HTTP://WWW.GRLMC.COM

FOUNDATIONAL COURSES (APRIL-JUNE 2006):

FOUNDATIONS OF LINGUISTICS I: MORPHOLOGY, LEXICON AND SYNTAX - M. DOLORES
JIMÉNEZ-LÓPEZ, TARRAGONA
FOUNDATIONS OF LINGUISTICS II: SEMANTICS, PRAGMATICS AND DISCOURSE - GEMMA
BEL-ENGUIX, TARRAGONA
FORMAL LANGUAGES - CARLOS MARTÍN-VIDE, TARRAGONA
DECLARATIVE PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: PROLOG, LISP - VARIOUS RESEARCHERS AT
THE HOST INSTITUTE
PROCEDURAL PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES: C, JAVA, PERL, MATLAB - VARIOUS
RESEARCHERS AT THE HOST INSTITUTE

MAIN COURSES (JULY-DECEMBER 2006):

POS TAGGING, CHUNKING, AND SHALLOW PARSING - YUJI MATSUMOTO, NARA
EMPIRICAL APPROACHES TO WORD SENSE DISAMBIGUATION, SEMANTIC ROLE LABELING,
SEMANTIC PARSING, AND INFORMATION EXTRACTION - RAYMOND MOONEY, AUSTIN TX
ONTOLOGY ENGINEERING: FROM COGNITIVE SCIENCE TO THE SEMANTIC WEB - M.
TERESA PAZIENZA, ROMA
ANAPHORA RESOLUTION IN NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING - RUSLAN MITKOV,
WOLVERHAMPTON
LANGUAGE PROCESSING FOR HUMAN-MACHINE DIALOGUE MODELLING - YORICK WILKS,
SHEFFELD
SPOKEN DIALOGUE SYSTEMS - DIANE LITMAN, PITTSBURGH PA
NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING PRAGMATICS: PROBABILISTIC METHODS AND USER
MODELING IMPLICATIONS - INGRID ZUKERMAN, CLAYTON
MACHINE LEARNING APPROACHES TO DEVELOPING LANGUAGE PROCESSING MODULES -
WALTER DAELEMANS, ANTWERPEN MULTIMODAL SPEECH-BASED INTERFACES - ELISABETH
ANDRÉ, AUGSBURG
INFORMATION EXTRACTION - GUY LAPALME, MONTRÉAL QC
SEARCH METHODS IN NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING - HELMUT HORACEK, SAARBRÜCKEN

OPTIONAL COURSES (FROM THE 5TH INTERNATIONAL PHD SCHOOL IN FORMAL LANGUAGES
AND APPLICATIONS):

TREE ADJOINING GRAMMARS - JAMES ROGERS, RICHMOND IN
UNIFICATION GRAMMARS - SHULY WINTNER, HAIFA
CONTEXT-FREE GRAMMAR PARSING - GIORGIO SATTA, PADUA
PROBABILISTIC PARSING - MARK-JAN NEDERHOF, GRONINGEN
CATEGORIAL GRAMMARS - MICHAEL MOORTGAT, UTRECHT
WEIGHTED FINITE-STATE TRANSDUCERS - MEHRYAR MOHRI, NEW YORK NY
FINITE STATE TECHNOLOGY FOR LINGUISTIC APPLICATIONS - ANDRÉ KEMPE, XEROX,
GRENOBLE
NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING WITH SYMBOLIC NEURAL NETWORKS - RISTO
MIIKKULAINEN, AUSTIN TX

STUDENTS:

CANDIDATE STUDENTS FOR THE PROGRAMME ARE WELCOME FROM AROUND THE WORLD.
MOST APPROPRIATE DEGREES INCLUDE COMPUTER SCIENCE AND LINGUISTICS, BUT
OTHER STUDENTS (FOR INSTANCE, FROM PSYCHOLOGY, LOGIC, ENGINEERING OR
MATHEMATICS) CAN BE ACCEPTED DEPENDING ON THE STRENGTHS OF THEIR
UNDERGRADUATE TRAINING. THE FIRST TWO MONTHS OFCLASS ARE INTENDED TO
HOMOGENIZE THE STUDENTS’ VARIED BACKGROUND.

IN ORDER TO CHECK ELIGIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAMME, THE STUDENT MUST BE
CERTAIN THAT THE HIGHEST UNIVERSITY DEGREE S/HE GOT ENABLES HER/HIM TO BE
ENROLLED IN A DOCTORAL PROGRAMME IN HER/HIS HOME COUNTRY.

TUITION FEES:

1,700 EUROS IN TOTAL, APPROXIMATELY.

DISSERTATION:

AFTER FOLLOWING THE COURSES, THE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE PROGRAMME WILL
HAVE TO WRITE AND DEFEND A RESEARCH PROJECT AND, LATER, A DISSERTATION IN
ENGLISH IN THEIR OWN AREA OF INTEREST, IN ORDER TO GET THE SO-CALLED
EUROPEAN PHD DEGREE (WHICH IS A STANDARD PHD DEGREE WITH AN ADDITIONAL MARK
OF QUALITY). ALL THE PROFESSORS IN THE PROGRAMME WILL BE ALLOWED TO
SUPERVISE STUDENTS’ WORK.

FUNDING:

DURING THE TEACHING SEMESTERS, FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES WILL BE PROVIDED,
AMONG OTHERS, BY THE SPANISH MINISTRY FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND COOPERATION
(BECAS MAEC), AND BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION (ALBAN SCHEME FOR LATIN
AMERICAN CITIZENS). ADDITIONALLY, THE HOST UNIVERSITY WILL HAVE A LIMITED
AMOUNT OF ECONOMIC RESOURCES ITSELF FOR COVERING THE TUITION FEES AND
FULL-BOARD ACCOMMODATION OF A FEW STUDENTS.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE COURSES AND DURING THE WRITING OF THE PHD
DISSERTATION, SOME OF THE BEST STUDENTS WILL BE OFFERED 4-YEAR RESEARCH
FELLOWSHIPS, WHICH WILL ALLOW THEM TO WORK IN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE HOST
RESEARCH GROUP.

PRE-REGISTRATION PROCEDURE:

IN ORDER TO PRE-REGISTER, ONE SHOULD POST (NOT FAX, NOT E-MAIL) TO THE
PROGRAMME CHAIRMAN:

* A XEROCOPY OF THE MAIN PAGE OF THE PASSPORT,
* A XEROCOPY OF THE HIGHEST UNIVERSITY EDUCATION DIPLOMA,
* A XEROCOPY OF THE ACADEMIC RECORD,
* FULL CV,
* LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION (OPTIONAL),
* ANY OTHER DOCUMENT TO PROVE BACKGROUND, INTEREST AND MOTIVATION (OPTIONAL).

SCHEDULE:

ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE PROGRAMME: SEPTEMBER 12, 2005
PRE-REGISTRATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 30, 2005
SELECTION OF STUDENTS: DECEMBER 7, 2005
STARTING OF THE CLASSES: APRIL 18, 2006
SUMMER BREAK (TENTATIVE): JULY 25, 2006
RE-STARTING OF THE CLASSES (TENTATIVE): SEPTEMBER 4, 2006
END OF THE CLASSES (TENTATIVE): DECEMBER 22, 2006
DEFENSE OF THE RESEARCH PROJECT (TENTATIVE): SEPTEMBER 14, 2007
DEA EXAMINATION (TENTATIVE): APRIL 27, 2008

QUESTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION:

PLEASE, CONTACT THE PROGRAMME CHAIRMAN, CARLOS MARTÍN-VIDE, AT
CARLOS.MARTIN@URV.NET

POSTAL ADDRESS:

RESEARCH GROUP ON MATHEMATICAL LINGUISTICS
ROVIRA I VIRGILI UNIVERSITY
PL. IMPERIAL TÀRRACO, 1
43005 TARRAGONA, SPAIN

PHONE: +34-977-559543, +34-977-554391
FAX: +34-977-559597, +34-977-554391

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