Postdoctoral Research Position in EURECOM: Speech recognition / Semantic Web / Video Accessibility

Post-doctoral Position:

Title: Automatic speech recognition and collaborative annotation for 
improving accessibility on video sharing websites by the visually and 
hearing impaired.
Department: Multimedia Communications

Start Date: January 2010
Duration: 18 months up to 24 months

Eurecomís Multimedia Communications Department invites applications for 
a full-time post-doctoral researcher to work on the ACAV (Annotation 
Collaborative pour l'Accessibilitť Vidťo) project funded as part of the 
"Web Innovant" call.  The project aims to improve the accessibility of 
video on popular content sharing websites by the visually and hearing 
impaired. The first part of the project involves the development of an 
automatic speech recognition system (preferably using freely available, 
open-source software), to transcribe web-based video data.  The second 
part of the work entails the design and implementation of a system to 
improve the accessibility of the content to the visually and hearing 
impaired, based on semantic web and collaborative annotations 
technologies. The position requires significant experience in speech 
recognition research. Training on semantic web technologies and ontology 
modelling will be provided. The project consortium is composed of 
Dailymotion, LIRIS - University of Lyon 1 and EURECOM.

The successful candidate will have been awarded a PhD degree, involving 
automatic speech recognition (preferably large vocabulary, continuous 
speech), prior to their joining Eurecom. Expertise in enviromental 
robustness, speaker adaptation and/or speaker diarization, i.e. speaker 
atributed speech-to-text, is a bonus, as is any experience relevant to 
ontology modelling and semantic web languages. You will have a strong 
research track record with significant publications at leading 
international conferences and/or in journals.  You will be highly 
motivated to undertake challenging, applied research and have good 
English language speaking and writing skills. French language skills are 
a bonus.

Please send to the address below (i) a one page statement of your 
research interests and motivation, (ii) your CV and (iii) two letters of 
reference no later than 20th of December 2009.
Contact: Dr. RaphaŽl Troncy AND Dr. Nicholas Evans
Postal Address:	2229 Route des CrÍtes BP 193, F-06904 Sophia Antipolis 
cedex, France
Email address: AND
Web address:
Phone:	+33/0 4 93 00 82 42 AND +33/0 4 93 00 81 14
Fax:	+33/0 4 93 00 82 00

Institut Eurťcom is located in Sophia Antipolis, a vibrant science park 
on the French Riviera. It is in close proximity with a large number of 
research units of leading multi-national corporations in the 
telecommunications, semiconductor and biotechnology sectors, as well as 
other outstanding research and teaching institutions. A freethinking, 
multinational population and the unique geographic location provide a 
quality of life without equal.

RaphaŽl Troncy
EURECOM, Multimedia Communications Department
2229, route des CrÍtes, 06560 Sophia Antipolis, France.
e-mail: &
Tel: +33 (0)4 - 9300 8242
Fax: +33 (0)4 - 9000 8200

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