Dear PPIG Colleagues,

Please see the email below regarding a post-doctoral post. It may be of 
interest to some of you.  


Dr. Enda Dunican
Lecturer in Computing,
Dept. of Computing and Networking,
Institute of Technology Carlow,
Kilkenny Road,
Tel:  353-(0)59-9175525

From: game_edu [] on behalf of R. Michael Young 
Sent: 10 March 2015 20:19
Subject: [game_edu] Job: Post-doctoral researcher in NLG in Narrative

The Liquid Narrative group at North Carolina State University is seeking a 
postdoctoral researcher to collaborate on a large-scale narrative generation 
project. The goal of this project is to build computational tools for the use 
of narrative in sense-making tasks. Research thrusts include the creation of 
formalisms for representing story and discourse knowledge and the development 
of narrative generation algorithms able to create multiple narrative discourses 
from a given story, adapt these discourses to an audience, and elicit different 
effects such as surprise or suspense. This project aims at creating a 
large-scale narrative-generation system that can extract story data from 
various sources (e.g., video game logs) and create narratives in and across 
several media such as text, animated movies or maps.

The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to the design and development of 
narrative generation and summarization technologies, focusing on the 
microplanning aspect of text generation. In particular, he or she will extend 
an existing narrative discourse generation prototype that outputs basic 
sentences using the SimpleNLG library. Our aim is to update this architecture 
by integrating an NLG system such as FUF/Surge, KPML or RealPro. To improve the 
quality of the generated text, the postdoctoral researcher will work on topics 
such as: aggregation, generation of referring expressions, discourse markers 
insertion, lexical choice and/or other aspects of realization that are specific 
to narrative as a genre.

He/she may also participate in research efforts on the automated generation of 
multimedia presentations involving text, video and maps. He/she is expected to 
collaborate in performing scientific evaluations of the systems, and in writing 
academic research papers.


The applicant must hold a PhD degree, preferably in the area of computational 
linguistics or natural language generation. He/she should have:
* Experience with developing NLG systems
* Excellent software-design and problem-solving skills
* Good programming skills
* Excellent written and oral communication skills

Experience in the following areas would be a plus:
* Automated discourse planning technologies
* Dialogue generation

Position details:

This is a full-time position.
Expected to start is April 1, 2015 and the initial funding for the position 
runs through December 31, 2015.  The position may be extendable depending on 
availability of funds.

Interested candidates should view the official Human Resources posting and 
submit applications through the NC State University HR web page at

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. 
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without 
regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, 
sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a 
disability, or status as a protected veteran.  Individuals with disabilities 
requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview 
process, please call 919-515-3148.
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