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VACANCIES: Postdocs or PhD students in Dutch NLP

posted Jul 31, 2019, 1:07 PM by Marco Spruit   [ updated Sep 20, 2019, 1:06 PM ]
The Applied Data Science lab at Utrecht University (UU), the Information Systems group at Technical University Eindhoven (TUe) and the Psychiatry department of the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) seek to appoint two fulltime Postdoc researchers for the project “COVIDA: Computing Visits Data for Dutch Natural Language Processing in Mental Healthcare” led by Dr. Marco Spruit. The COVIDA project kickstarts the interuniversity and interdisciplinary COVIDA research group by furthering the state-of-the-art in Natural Language Processing technologies for Dutch to improve daily practices in Mental Healthcare.

COVIDA’s scientific objective comprises the development of a hybrid Dutch language model to better understand human language in general, and Dutch Mental Healthcare language use in particular. We operate within the Design Science Research paradigm to model our computational experiment findings from both Computational Linguistics (i.e. knowledge-based) and Machine Learning (i.e. data-driven) inspired representations. Our societal contribution consists of a publicly available self-service facility for Natural Language Processing (NLP) of already routinely collected Dutch medical texts. Thus, COVIDA aims to deliver a game-changing innovation of Dutch mental healthcare institutions’ daily practices by enabling healthcare professionals throughout the Dutch language area to reuse their daily clinical notes by nurses and doctors from patients’ EHRs to predict inpatient violence risk assessment, depression, and more.

Your core research task is to design, implement and evaluate NLP pipelines for Dutch clinical texts which utilise linguistic and domain knowledge and structured data in a privacy-by-design architecture from both Deep/Transfer Learning and symbolic NLP perspectives


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