A research associate or postdoc is sought to participate in a new project in the area of adaptive spoken dialogue for intelligent tutorial systems. The goal of this research project is to wed spoken language technology with instructional technology, in order to promote learning gains by enhancing communication richness. For further details, see a forthcoming paper describing the envisioned spoken dialogue system (to appear in the ITS Workshop on Empirical Methods for Tutorial Dialogue Systems), as well as information on the target back-end (Why2, a text-based tutoring system in the domain of qualitative physics).
The qualifications for this position are a PhD or equivalent in a research area related to Natural Language or Spoken Language Processing, particularly Dialogue. Interest and experience with speech recognition, prosodic analysis, annotation, affective computing, adaptive systems, machine learning, and/or evaluation are especially desirable.
The position is located at the University of Pittsburgh in the Learning Research and Development Center. It is a one year research position with full benefits. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The research is funded by CIRCLE, an NSF-funded research center that studies human and computer tutoring.
Send inquiries and CVs or resumes to Diane Litman. The ideal starting date for the position is September 2002. We hope to make hiring decisions in the next few weeks.