Early Stage Researcher in Explaining Bayesian Reasoning, Natural & Computing Sciences (NCS161R)

Applications for this position should be made through https://nl4xai.eu/vacancies/ on the NL4XAI website.

School/Section: Natural & Computing Sciences
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: n/a
Salary: n/a
Ref No: NCS161R
Closing Date: 14-FEB-2020

Job Description


People have a hard time understanding probabilistic and Bayesian reasoning, because we don’t naturally think in probabilistic terms.   The goal of this project is to develop natural-language-generation (NLG) techniques for explaining probabilistic reasoning, especially in Bayesian networks, to human users.   Key issues include formulating explanations as a story or narrative, adapting explanations to be appropriate for users with different levels of domain knowledge and mathematical expertise, communicating uncertainty and data quality issues, and evaluating whether explanations are useful or not (https://arxiv.org/abs/1911.08794).

This post is part of the NL4XAI project (https://nl4xai.eu/), whose goal is to develop innovative AI technologies which use natural (human) languages such as English to explain complex reasoning.  NL4XAI is an EU Marie Curie project which involves several European universities and companies.  As with other Marie Curie projects, you will be an “Early Stage Researcher” (ESR) who is both employed as a research assistant and also working on a PhD on this topic.

You will work under Prof Ehud Reiter at the University of Aberdeen, and be co-supervised by Prof Nir Oren  (also at Aberdeen) and Dr  Nava Tintarev (TU Delft).   Prof Reiter is one of the world’s leading experts on NLG, Prof Oren is an expert on argumentation and explanations, and Dr Tintarev is an expert on explanations of recommendations.  You will be part of the Computation and Language research group at Aberdeen and work alongside other students and researchers who work on NLG and explanations.

During the course of the project, you will have temporary secondments to Arria NLG (a commercial NLG company in Aberdeen) and TU Delft (with Dr Tintarev).  There are also opportunities to work with Prof Ingrid Zukerman (Monash University, Australia), who is an expert on Bayesian reasoning and argumentation, and has a related research project.

Please note that because the Marie-Curie programme is intended to encourage mobility across European countries, we cannot accept applicants who have spent 12 months in the UK (studying or working) during the past three years.   Because the Marie-Curie programme is aimed at Early Stage Researchers, we cannot accept people who already have PhDs or otherwise have an established research career.  Also, we probably will not be able to get a UK work permit for this position, so applicants should be UK or EU citizens, otherwise have the right to work in UK, or be able to secure an appropriate visa.

This is a great opportunity to join a leading NLG research group and work with top researchers to develop innovative techniques for explaining complex reasoning!

For more information, see https://ehudreiter.com/2019/12/08/phd-explaining-bayesian-reasoning/ and https://nl4xai.eu/vacancies/esr3/,  or email Prof Reiter (e.reiter@abdn.ac.uk).

Applications for this position should be made through https://nl4xai.eu/vacancies/ on the NL4XAI website.

Closing date is 14 Feb 2020.

NL4XAI has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sk³odowska-Curie grant agreement No 860621.

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