Location: Dublin City University
Level: Masters Studentship

Closing Date: Until Filled

This Research Masters position is ideal for a graduate of computing who is interested in becoming skilled in the area of artificial intelligence with respect to language technology. This position is part of the GaelTech project at the School of Computing in DCU and is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the National Digital Strategy 2019. It focuses on applying these skills to the development of tools and resources for the Irish language – namely investigating the use of Irish online.

User-Generated Content (UGC) describes content that has been created online without having gone through a review process for quality, grammatical correctness, clear structure, etc. UGC text is usually found on online forums, social media platforms, and blogging platforms. As the amount of online data increases, the demand for tools to process and interpret this data also increases. Natural Language Processing (NLP) tools are used to facilitate the processing of large textual data. However, when it comes to UGC, standard tools and the approaches to developing them need to be tailored to cater for such `noisy’ text.

The Irish language has seen a resurgence of use over the past several years, and this is particularly evident online. However, as this digital content grows, it is difficult at a glance (and without the assistance of technology) to see exactly how Irish language use is evolving in both linguistic and sociolinguistic terms.

This research will focus on the application of current state-of-the-art techniques to assess how we can include existing linguistic resources into data-driven (statistical based) models for processing UGC in a resource-scarce language scenario. This position provides the opportunity to work in a team of interdisciplinary Irish NLP researchers as part of a combined effort to address the lack of linguistic tools and resources currently available to Irish language processing. 

The GaelTech project is funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht under the National Digital Strategy 2018. The GaelTech team is an affiliation of the ADAPT Research Centre in Dublin City University. ADAPT has received €50 Million research funding from Industry and Science Foundation Ireland to support 150 researchers across 4 universities in Dublin. The ADAPT Centre’s mission is to produce world-class research that delivers disruptive innovations for the digital media and intelligent content industry. This Research Masters position will be supervised by Dr. Teresa Lynn and Dr. Jennifer Foster. 

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