1 PhD Studentship on “End-to-end Dialogue Models for Conversational Agents and ChatBots”

The NLP research group at Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Trento, Italy) is happy to announce the availability of an additional PhD scholarship on “End-to-end Dialogue Models for Conversational Agents and ChatBots”.

DESCRIPTION: Conversational agents are designed to interact with users in multiple domains on several topics using natural language. Many chatbots have been deployed on the Internet (social media, e-commerce websites, just to mention a few) for the purpose of seeking information, question answering, coaching tasks, online shopping, and so on. Usually these applications work in a strictly limited domain with a clear and well defined dialogue structure, with little adaptation capabilities to the contextual and social situation.
The goal of this PhD Thesis is to overcome the shortcoming of traditional goal-oriented applications that require a lot of domain-specific handcrafting, which hinders scaling up to new domains and languages. To do so, end-to-end approaches, in which all components are trained from the dialogs themselves, can be used to incorporate several dialogue and domain features.

CANDIDATES: We are looking for strongly motivated candidates who will investigate innovative research directions in dialogue modeling, integrating advanced machine learning technologies (e.g. end-to-end memory networks) and knowledge based technologies.

This PhD grant is based on a collaboration between Fondazione Bruno Kessler and and University of Trento (Doctoral School in Information and Communication Technology 34th cycle – Second Call 2018 – https://www.disi.unitn.it/phd-program/application)

– Link to the specific scholarship: https://www.disi.unitn.it/phd-program/project-specific-grants#A5
– Closing Date: August 30th, 2018, hrs. 04.00 PM (Italian time, GMT +2)
– NLP research group at FBK: https://ict.fbk.eu/units/nlp/
– Contact: magnini@fbk.eu