PhD Data Science Intern (Text-to-Speech) at Vail Systems, Inc.

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PhD Data Science Internship: Text-to-Speech (Summer 2020)

 

Vail Systems Company Profile

 

The human voice is capable of conveying nuances and meaning that just can't be expressed through clicks and chat messages. For this reason, voice interactions have always had a special power to shape our perceptions and experiences. At Vail, we believe in the unique power of voice interactions to create more expressive and efficient interpersonal interactions. Our experts work with Fortune 500 companies to help them serve their customers more effectively through the use of various voice technologies. From basic network services, to state-of-the-art IP telephony, to cutting edge real-time analytics, Vail technology makes millions of voice interactions better every day. 

 

The Position

 

Designing emotionally sentient agents is challenging. At Vail, we develop models to process and analyze large amounts of natural language data that affect dynamic, real-time communications in various domains. Systems that respond appropriately to social and emotional cues are considered engaging and trust worthy. Currently, such systems rely on speech synthesis technology, such as text-to-speech. The quality of such text-to-speech systems, crucial for dynamic, real time communications, may be judged by their similarity to the human voice and by their ability to be easily understood.

 

Vail Systems is looking for summer interns who are enrolled in a Ph.D. program in computational linguistics, computer science, or related programs to work with us on some of the challenges such systems present. The student must be conducting research in NLP and should be able to understand, codify and extract meaning from multiple communication modalities (speech, text), and build new or improve existing models in affective computing using state-of-the-art machine learning techniques. The student will work with a team of researchers to gain insight from trying new machine learning approaches, and will work with practitioners to transition the research to a proof-of-concept.


 

 

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Location

We are located on the Chicago River, next to Ogilvie and Union Station for easy commuting and there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from.

What are Vail Systems, Inc. Perks + Benefits

Culture
Partners with Nonprofits
We partner with the Seneca Foundation and Chicago Public Schools to educate Black and Latinx recent Chicagoland high school graduates with paid software development training opportunities.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
We provide training to all employees who participate in our interview process on unconscious biases and interview best practices.
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Team workouts
Mental Health Benefits
Access to an EAP
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 12 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker and 2 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker.
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Stocked Kitchen
Recreational Clubs
Vail Systems sponsors a summer softball league and triathlon team.
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employee Referral Bonuses. Gym Memberships. Collaborative Work Space. Competitive Pay.

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