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  • Martin Stokhof appointed vice-president of the ERC

    Martin Stokhof has been appointed to Vice-president of the European Research Council. The Scientific Council, the ERC's governing body, defines the scientific funding strategy and methodologies. It acts on behalf of the scientific community in Europe to promote creativity and innovative research.

  • Harry Buhrman appointed as distinguished research professor

    Professor H.M. Buhrman (ILLC) and Professor J.N. H. Reek (IBED) have been appointed as distinguished research professors at the Faculty of Science with effect from 1 January 2017. The professors will succeed the current distinguished research professors, Jos Engelen and Kareljan Schoutens. Harry Buhrman, professor of computing science at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, will serve as the figurehead for the quantum software consortium QuSoft and work to develop it further in his capacity as a distinguished research professor.

  • Benedikt Loewe appointed on joint Strategy Working Group of ICSU and ISSC

    Benedikt Loewe has been appointed to serve on the joint Strategy Working Group of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and the International Social Science Council (ISSC).[b][b]ICSU and ISSC are the highest international bodies for the sciences and social sciences, respectively. The two councils consist of national members, represented by national research councils or national academies (e.g., the Netherlands are represented by the KNAW) and international scientific unions acting as the global representatives of individual scientific disciplines. The mandate of the Strategy Working Group is the development of the strategy of the new institution, taking into account the interdisciplinary connections between the natural and the social sciences. Benedikt Loewe represents the International Union for History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST).

    For more information, see www.icsu.org/road-to-2018/strategy-working-group or contact Benedikt Loewe at .
  • (Updated) PhD position at ILLC

    Deadline: Wednesday 15 February 2017

    The ILLC currently has one PhD position available at the Faculty of Science, starting on 1 September 2017. Applications are now invited from excellent candidates wishing to conduct research in an area within ILLC that fits naturally in the Faculty of Science.

    Interested parties may contact (director of the ILLC PhD Programme) or (chair of the selection committee).

  • PhD in Computational Social Choice

    Deadline: Wednesday 1 February 2017

    The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for a PhD position in the Computational Social Choice Group led by Ulle Endriss. The position is part of a larger research project, the Customisable Collective Choice (C3) Project, which will eventually employ two PhD candidates and one postdoctoral researcher. The aim of the C3 project is to develop the scientific foundations required to build tools that can help people to better understand the methods they use to make decisions together and to support them in designing decision making methods that are customised to their specific needs.

  • Postdoc in Quantum Cryptography

    Deadline: Tuesday 31 January 2017

    The Institute for Logic, Language & Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam is looking for a postdoctoral researcher in the area of quantum cryptography. The successful applicant will join the group of Christian Schaffner. The aim of the project is to develop new quantum-cryptographic protocols (beyond the task of key distribution) and explore their limitations. An example of an active research is position-based quantum cryptography. Another aspect is to investigate the security of classical cryptographic schemes against quantum adversaries (post-quantum cryptography).

ILLC Events this week

  • (Updated) 24 January 2017, LIRa Workshop on Rationality, Logic and Decisions (WoRLD)

    Date & Time: Tuesday 24 January 2017, 13:00-18:00
    Location: room F1.15, ILLC, Science Park 107

    The Workshop on Rationality, Logic, and Decisions will take place in Amsterdam on January 24th, 2017. The central theme will be the notion of rationality, with special attention to the issue of rationality in decisions. The workshop is associated with the PhD Defence of Paolo Galeazzi, that will take place on January 25th, 2017.

    For more information, see playwithoutregret.wordpress.com or contact Paolo Galeazzi at .
  • (New) 25 January 2017, Play Without Regret, Paolo Galeazzi

    Date & Time: Wednesday 25 January 2017, 11:00
    Location: Aula, Oude Lutherse kerk
    Supervisor: Sonja Smets
    Promotor: Sonja Smets
    Copromotor: Alexandru Baltag
    For more information, contact Paolo Galeazzi at .
  • (Updated) 26 January 2017, DIP Colloquium, Clemens Mayr

    Speaker: Clemens Mayr (ZAS Berlin)
    Title: The logic of interrogative clause embedding
    Date & Time: Thursday 26 January 2017, 16:00-17:30
    Location: Room F3.20, ILLC, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
    For more information, see www.illc.uva.nl/LoLa/DIP-Colloquium.
  • 26 January 2017, Computational Social Choice Seminar, Sebastian Schneckenburger

    Speaker: Sebastian Schneckenburger (Tübingen)
    Title: The Atkinson Inequality Index in Multiagent Resource Allocation
    Date & Time: Thursday 26 January 2017, 16:00
    Location: Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
    For more information, see here or at www.illc.uva.nl/~ulle/seminar or contact Ulle Endriss at .
  • 27 January 2017, ILLC New Year's Colloquium 2017

    Date & Time: Friday 27 January 2017, 16:00-17:00
    Location: Common Room, Room F1.21, ILLC, Science Park 107, Amsterdam
    The ILLC Colloquium is a half-yearly festive event (either the New Year's Colloquium, the Midsummernight Colloquium or the Midwinter Colloquium) that brings together the three research groups at the ILLC. Each colloquium consists of three main talks by representatives from the Logic and Language group, the Language and Computation group and the Logic and Computation group, which are occasionally followed by Wild Idea Talks. The colloquium is concluded by a get together of the entire ILLC community.
  • (New) 30 January 2017, Visit of Language and Interaction Consortium

    Date & Time: Monday 30 January 2017, 15:00-16:00
    Location: ILLC, Science Park 107, Amsterdam

    30-60 researchers from the Language and Interaction consortium will visit ILLC.

    Language in Interaction is a so-called 'Gravity Program' from NWO, and brings together a great number of researchers from the Radboud University, The Max Planck Institute in Nijmegen, ILLC and various other Dutch universities, who all work on the foundations of natural language, from various angles. As part of the program, we are organizing a small ‘tour of the ILLC’. Since a lot of the research in our institute is connected to language in one way or another, this is a great opportunity to show what is going on here.

    For more information, see here or contact Sara at .

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