Proposal for a CIFRE thesis with the company Ixiade

Ixiade proposes a CIFRE thesis as part of a collaboration with the GETALP team of the laboratoire d’Informatique de Grenoble.

Start of thesis: As soon as possible.
Location: the position is based in Grenoble.
The gross annual salary is 28 800€.

Description of the subject:

For more than 12 years, Ixiade’s experts have worked closely with teams of companies wishing to enhance and develop their strategic, technological and human assets. They work across the board as part of a participatory innovation process. The aim is to bring innovation to the teams through the transmission of best practices and “tailor-made” recommendations, in particular through upstream analysis of the potential meaning of a new concept or a new product or service.

On this last aspect, Ixiade’s expertises are based on the realization of semi-directive oral interviews, their written transcription and the detailed analysis of these transcriptions. This last step is particularly time-consuming and the objective of this thesis is the creation of tools based on the automatic processing of the natural language allowing the expert to more easily perceive the underlying opinion of the persons interviewed on the concept studied.

This thesis will thus consist in studying the extraction of ideas from textual documents, whether these ideas are linked to a particular field (for example in association with existing practices) or, for the most interesting part, to the expression of opinions that are more general and emotionally rich because they are linked to the profile of the interviewee.

The extraction can then be done in a:
– endogenous, based on information from a segmentation of the interview corpus.
– The extraction can then be done in a:
exogenous, from external resources such as, for example, the lexical resource JeuDemots (large lexical graph on the French language built from games/associations of ideas for about ten years) or from resources learned on a general corpus and/or from a related field.

The candidate will be encouraged to publish his/her progress at major conferences in the field in TALN (automatic natural language processing) (ACL, Interspeech).

The candidate may benefit from a thesis work that will start jointly on the same field of application but rather focus on the linguistic analysis of available corpora.

Profile of the candidate sought :
You have or have completed a Master 2 Research in Computer Science or in TALN (automatic natural language processing) and wish to prepare a CIFRE doctorate in a company in liaison with a research laboratory. You are passionate about information and communication technologies. You have training and experience in the study and/or development of automatic natural language processing. Knowledge in automatic learning would be a plus. You are interested in opinion analysis in oral productions and wish to discover the working methodologies of the innovation industry.

Please send a CV + cover letter + letter of recommendation to Isabelle Fournié (, Didier Schwab ( and Jérôme Goulian (

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