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 a 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 University of Padova (Brain, Mind & Computer Science PhD program –

– Link to the call: http://hit.psy.unipd.it/admission
– Closing Date: June 26th, 2018
– NLP research group at FBK: https://ict.fbk.eu/units/nlp/
– Contact: guerini@fbk.eu