disagreement between annotators (0.8 – 1.0 FTE)
In Natural Language Processing (NLP), human annotators are frequently needed to tell researchers what a given expression “means”, by assigning the expression a label. When human judges disagree about a label (e.g., whether an utterance is offensive or not), it is important that these disagreements be taken into account, as opposed to simply aggregating the values e.g., using reconciliation or majority voting. Such disagreements are now generally recognized to provide information rather than being noise. We also need to recognize that uncertainties may originate from different sources: in particular, they may be due to semantic ambiguity or to subjective bias.
This PhD position is one of six inter-connected PhD positions focussing on uncertainty in NLP, under Utrecht University's AiNed project “Dealing with Meaning Variation in NLP”, which will be led by Professor Massimo Poesio. We are simultaneously recruiting for another of the six PhD position in this project We invite you to also check out this interesting vacancy on our website.
Qualifications You are a motivated researcher with a curious and critical mindset. You hold a Master's degree in an area relevant to this project; this could be Artificial Intelligence, Computational Cognitive Science, Computing Science, Linguistics, or Statistics. A good mastery of statistics and deep learning is essential; experience with NLP would be beneficial. Excellent English communication skills are necessary.
A position for 4 years;
In addition to the employment conditions laid down in the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. For example, there are agreements on professional development, leave arrangements and sports. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment via the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we like to encourage you to continue to grow.
About the organization
Sharing science, shaping tomorrow. A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Sustainability.
If you have questions about this position, don't hesitate to contact Professor Massimo Poesio at m.poes[email protected] or Professor Kees van Deemter at [email protected].
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The application deadline is 29/05/2023