Internship on Semantic Technologies for Expert Finding

The Unit for Natural Language Processing at the Digital Enterprise Research Institute of the National University of Ireland, Galway invites applications for an internship in Semantic Technologies for Expert Finding. Internships are aimed at undergraduate and postgraduate students (should be students during the internship). The successful applicant will assist in further development of the Saffron project, an expert profiling system that uses scientific publications and additional resources such as the Linked Open Data cloud as sources of expertise evidence.

The intern will work fulltime with an NLP researcher for a duration of 6 months with a remuneration of up to EUR 1200 per month. The successful applicant will work on improving Saffron in the following ways:

  • applying statistical language models for expert finding using controlled vocabularies
  • implementation of a web service on the basis of the Saffron topic extraction component
  • implementation of a component for publishing extracted data on the Linked Open Data cloud

The ideal applicant will have strong skills in software development (preferably Java), database technologies (SQL) and web services. A background in Natural Language Processing or a related area will be of advantage, as well as experience in any of the following areas: Information Extraction, Machine Learning and Semantic Web technologies (RDF, SPARQL).

DERI is a leading research institute in semantic technologies that offers a stimulating, dynamic and multi-cultural research environment, excellent ties to research-groups worldwide, close collaboration with industrial partners and up-to-date infrastructure and resources. The DERI Unit for Natural Language Processing has a focus on applied research in information extraction and semantic-level text mining.

Please send your application (CV, cover letter) in PDF format and links to relevant previous work to Georgeta Bordea at:

georgeta [dot] bordea [at] deri [dot] org