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  • (New) Postdoctoral researcher in Computational Linguistics and Dialogue Modelling at ILLC

    Deadline: Friday 1 June 2018

    The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for a one-year research position at the postdoc level in the Dialogue Modelling Group led by Raquel Fernández. The mission of the group is to understand dialogical interaction by developing empirically-motivated formal and computational models that can be applied to various dialogue processing tasks and to human-machine interaction.

    This position is part of a larger project on Asymmetry in Conversation, funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) under the VIDI scheme. The exact research topic to be pursued by the successful applicant is flexible, but it must fit the general research agenda of the group, which is centred around computational semantics and pragmatics, in particular in interactive linguistic settings, including dialogue systems. The group has a wide international network of collaborators, both in academia and in industry research labs.

  • PhD position in Computational Social Choice

    Deadline: Monday 23 April 2018

    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 project is funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) under the TOP1 scheme.

    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.

ILLC Events this week

  • (New) 23 March 2018, Cool Logic, Ilaria Canavotto

    Speaker: Ilaria Canavotto
    Title: Where are norms in deontic logic? Here they are!
    Date & Time: Friday 23 March 2018, 18:00-19:00
    Location: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, Amsterdam

    The main aim of deontic logic is to come up with a logical system suitable to capture normative concepts (like those of prescription and permission), but it seems clear that these normative concepts should also be somehow connected with norms and normative systems. However, the last sixty years of research has shown that the way to formulate a satisfactory logic of norms can be pretty tortuous. To mention some of the most serious issues, how can we account for the fact that norms direct rather than describe? How can we represent norms as consisting of prescriptions in conditional rather than categorical form? Can we model the fact that only enforced norms are sources of obligation? Is there a relation between norms and ideality?

    In this talk, I will introduce these fundamental problems and present a new logic of norms designed to address them. I will conclude by showing how this new system can be used to overcome the well-known paradox of contrary to duty obligations. Snacks and drinks will be provided in the ILLC common room after the talk!

    For more information, see here or at http://events.illc.uva.nl/coollogic/talks/84 or contact Zoi Terzopoulou at .
  • 28 March 2018, Amsterdam Metaphysics Seminar, Johannes Korbmacher

    Speaker: Johannes Korbmacher (Utrecht University)
    Title: Tableaux for the Logic of Exact Entailment
    Date & Time: Wednesday 28 March 2018, 14:00-16:00
    Location: Faculteitskamer (1.17), Oude Turfmarkt 145-147, Amsterdam

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