Mission statement

When natural language processing stretches beyond the sentence level, we are entering the realm of discourse: In dialogue, speakers take turns and make contributions to the unfolding interaction, which can be modeled as a sequence of moves. In monologue, the individual sentences make contributions to the unfolding text meaning, involving notions such as coreference and coherence relations (amongst others).

Discourse processing thus refers to those tasks of natural language processing that operate across sentence boundaries: resolving anaphors, determining topic boundaries, identifying coherence relations, and so on.

In the Applied CompLing Discourse Research Lab, directed by Manfred Stede, we undertake research on both theoretical and applied aspects of discourse processing: On the theoretical side, our work revolves around modeling text structure as a multi-layer phenomenon, with a current focus on coherence relations and their linguistic signals. On the applied side, we work on tasks like text summarization, classification, genre-sensitive information extraction, sentiment analysis, and text generation. Finally, we have been active in annotation research and tool development for many years.

Job opening: A postdoc position is available (subject to the final administrative decision by the university). It involves teaching 4 hours per week (= 2 seminars) and contributing to the research goals of the Lab. The topics of most current interest are argumentation mining and discourse parsing. Applicants with background in (one of) these areas will be preferred.

At this point, the position is available for one year, starting October 1st, 2016. Payment is according to the German TVL E13 payscale.

The position will be open until filled, but potential applicants are encouraged to get in touch by mid-July.

Applications should include a CV with list of publications, and a brief statement on research interests.

Contact for inquiries and applications: Manfred Stede, stede@uni-potsdam.de