[bull-ia] NEW M.Sc. Program in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Data Science Université de Lorraine, Nancy (France)

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NEW M.Sc. Program in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Data Science
Université de Lorraine, Nancy (France)


The Institute of Digital science, Management and Cognition 
is opening a a new Masters Program in NLP – ​​
Computer Sciences, Speech, Language and Knowledge Representation

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        http://institut-sciences-digitales.fr/idmc-master-degree-in-natural-language-processing/
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So you want to be a specialist in Neural Networks, Logic, Speech 
Processing, Information Retrieval, Knowledge Representation … all 
for Natural Language? Well, now’s your chance!

Natural Language Processing (NLP) lies at the crossroads of 
linguistics, computer science and artificial intelligence. This
Masters Program offers
a modern curriculum which combines the different 
approaches, and  covers both theoretical and applied perspectives.


In each semester, the program includes a hands-on project. 
It ends with a 6-month paid internship in a company or a research 
lab. You can find the course description below.


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You can apply to directly enter at either the first year or second year level.
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Language
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All courses are taught in English
(except the “French for non-native Speakers” class).


Fees
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The University of Lorraine is publicly funded and thus offers 
tuition-free education for all students including students from 
both inside and outside EU/EEA/EFTA countries. The only student 
expenditures are a nominal semester fee of about 600 euros which 
includes health insurance. Nancy’s high quality of life goes 
hand-in-hand with a low cost of living.

Why Nancy?
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Nancy is a center of excellence for NLP. It can boast of:

1/Two important research units:
– LORIA, the computer science research laboratory http://www.loria.fr/en/
– ATILF the linguistic research laboratory lab http://www.atilf.fr/

Both research units participate in many national and 
international research projects. Their members are highly 
visible in the international community and regularly publish 
in the most prestigious conferences and journals of the field.

2/ Two Erasmus Mundus Masters funded by the European Union : 
– Erasmus Mundus Master Language and Communication 
Technology (LCT) http://lct-master.org/
– Erasmus Mundus Master EMLex.
        https://www.emlex.phil.fau.eu/


Why NLP?
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Natural Language Processing is a rapidly expanding field.

With the proliferation of digital data, there is a massive need 
for well-trained engineers and researchers able to exploit this 
data for commercial (for example: e-commerce, recommendation 
systems and translation) and socio-political (for example: 
e-learning, opinion mining, and behavioural predictions) purposes.

Start-ups, small firms with strong R&D profiles and large companies 
(in France this includes Airbus, Thales, EDF, and Orange) are 
looking for scientists and engineers who can contribute to the 
development of systems capable of managing and exploiting textual 
data.

The GAFAM (Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft) also recruit 
intensively in both the NLP and the Speech processing domain.

There is also a strong need for Ph.D. candidates in the field, as 
is demonstrated by the many Ph.D. proposals in both the public and 
the industrial domain.



Contacts
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Head of the Nancy NLP Master : Maxime Amblard
        maxime.amblard@univ-lorraine.fr
Secretary : Karine Weisse
        karine.weisse@univ-lorraine.fr

Location of the courses : 
        École des Mines (Artem Campus, Tram stop “Blandan”)
        http://www.alliance-artem.fr/


Application
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The application file is available here:
https://ecandidat.univ-lorraine.fr

follow : 
– Institut des sciences du digital, management et cognition 
– Master
– M1-Traitement Automatique des Langues (TAL) (NANCY) (FI)
   or
– M2-Traitement Automatique des Langues (TAL)

More information: 
http://institut-sciences-digitales.fr/application-process-nlp-master-degree/#application


Academic Year 2018-2019
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From 3rd to 13th September 2018: Refresher courses in 
mathematics (probability theory and statistics) and computer 
science (algorithms and programming).

M1: 
        1st semester from September 17th to January 11th
        2nd semester from January 14th to June 6th
M2:
        1st semester from September 17th to February 15th
        Internship from February to August


In brief
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• A program with strong national and international visibility
• Taught entirely in English
• A high quality research environment with two research centers 
covering a wide range of disciplines (linguistics, computer 
science, speech and language processing) and applications 
(human-machine interfaces, speech processing, knowledge 
extraction, statistical machine translation, etc.)
• Studies in a vibrant, human-size city
• Low cost study (tuition fees at around 600 euros per year, 
including health insurance)


Courses Description
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M1 Semester 1
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PROBABILITIES, STATISTICS AND ALGORITHMS FOR AI
        • Elementary mathematical tools, statistics, algorithms
to define and solve artificial intelligence problem
        • Case study approach towards mastering both theoretical 
and practical aspects of a topic

DESIGN AND ACQUISITION OF CORPORA
        • Written corpora
        • Speech corpora

SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
        • Collecting, analysing and formalizing customers’ needs
        • Software design and development
        • Functional analysis and specifications
        • Project management

LINGUISTICS FOR NLP (1)
        • Methods for Natural Language Processing
        • Phonology
        • Morphology

PROJECT AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE
        • Hands-on project
        • Foreign language (French)

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M1 Semester 2
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MACHINE LEARNING AND SEMANTIC WEB 
        • Machine learning theory
        • Data mining
        • Knowledge extraction

FORMAL TOOLS
        • Logic
        • Formal languages
        • Calculability and complexity

DATA PROCESSING
        • Storage and retrieval
        • Data analysis

LINGUISTICS FOR NLP (2)
        • Lexicology : lexical units and phraseology
        • Syntax
        • Semantics

PROJECT AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE
        • Hands-on project
        • Scientific communication
        • Foreign Language (French)
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M2 Semester 1
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DEEP LEARNING AND DATA MINING
        • Neural Networks, Deep Neural Networks
        • Data mining (structured data and text)
        • Collaborative filtering

TEXT AND SPEECH PROCESSING
        • Processing Textual Data
        • Speech processing
        • Terminology and ontology

NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING AND DISCOURSES
        • Application to text
        • Computational semantics
        • Discourse and Dialog modeling

LEXICONS AND GRAMMARS FOR NLP
        • Diachronic and synchronic lexicology
        • Lexical resources
        • Syntactic framework

PROJECTS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE
        • Software project
        • Law and ethics
        • Research methods
        • Professional integration
        • Foreign language courses (French)

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M2 Semester 2
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Paid internship (company or research lab)