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Type: Internship
Name (ID): Internship in Natural Language Processing on DNN-based coreference models (OP-20161222-133014)
Supervised by: Andrei POPESCU-BELIS


Applications are invited for a 6-month internship at the Master level in the field of natural language processing with neural networks, in the NLP group of the Idiap Research Institute.

The goal of this internship is to explore new data structures that would enable a better modeling of co-reference by using deep neural networks (DNNs). Co-reference is the relation between words or phrases in a text that refer to the same entity. DNNs have been successfully applied to a variety of NLP tasks, but for coreference resolution such approaches have shown limited improvement and a suitable model remains to be found. The goal of this internship is to go beyond classifiers that decide whether a pair of phrases is co-referent or not, and instead learn to represent, in the output layer, each of the entities of a text. In collaboration with a PhD student and a postdoc, the model will be applied to document-level machine translation. The work will thus relate to the EU SUMMA and SNSF MODERN projects.

The applicants should have a background in natural language processing, machine learning, or computer science. They should have demonstrable programming skills in at least one language such as Perl, Python, Java or C/C++. Previous experience with coreference or anaphora resolution would be a plus. Good command of English is mandatory and knowledge of another European language such as French, Spanish, or German would be appreciated.

The screening of the applications will start on January 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred starting time is in spring 2017. The appointment is for 6 months, with a gross internship salary of 2000 CHF per month.

Further information about this position can be requested by contacting Dr. Andrei Popescu-Belis, head of the NLP group ( Please fill in and submit your application exclusively through the Idiap online recruitment system (ORS) by clicking on the 'Apply' button below.

About Idiap:

Idiap is an independent, not-for-profit, research institute recognized and funded by the Swiss Federal Government, the State of Valais, and the City of Martigny.

Idiap offers competitive salaries and conditions at all levels in a young, high-quality, 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.

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