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SignON is a user-centric and community-driven project that aims to facilitate the exchange of information among deaf and hard of hearing, and hearing individuals across Europe targeting the Irish, British, Dutch, Flemish and Spanish Sign and English, Irish, Dutch, Spanish oral languages. As such, it looks into the research and development of a novel automatic translation service for sign and oral languages that will be effective and easily accessible. As one of the 17 partners of the consortium, Tilburg University will lead the research on machine translation (MT).
We offer a 3-year contract at 0,8 fte, to research novel multi-modal and multilingual methods for MT. Within the scope of this research, topics such as MT with low-resource data, integration of linguistic and contextual information, adapting and adopting pre-trained language models, hybridization of different paradigms to MT, as well as automatic post-editing and quality estimation will be addressed. This position is hosted at the Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAI) department, Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences, and will be supervised by dr. Dimitar Shterionov and prof. dr. Pieter Spronck.
The work will be centered around the following objectives:
The candidate will work on selected tasks related to the aforementioned objectives in a close collaboration with other researchers within the consortium. This will allow the candidate to expand their professional network and learn from the different professionals in this consortium.
Candidates for this position should have a PhD degree in:
In addition, you:
Knowledge and experience with sign language and / or proficiency in at least Dutch, Irish or Spanish is highly preferred given the nature of the data.
Fixed-term contract: 3 year at 0.8 fte:
Research and education at the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences (TSHD) has a unique focus on humans in the context of the globalizing digital society, on the development of artificial intelligence and interactive technologies, on their impact on communication, culture and society, and on moral and existential challenges that arise. The School of Humanities and Digital Sciences consists of four departments: Communication and Cognition, Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence, Culture Studies and Philosophy; several research institutes and a faculty office. Also the University College Tilburg is part of the School. Each year around 275 students commence a Bachelor or (Pre) Master Program. The School has approximately 2000 students and 250 employees.
Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
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