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(New) VICI grant for Ulle Endriss
Dr. Ulle Endriss has received a Vici grant from the NWO for his research programme on “Collective Information”. Endriss is Associate Professor (UHD) for Logic and Artificial Intelligence at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), an interfaculty research institute that belongs to both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Humanities.
When tallying the votes in a committee of experts, when interpreting the data collected from a large number of participants in a crowdsourcing experiment, or when hoping to compute a meaningful grade for a student in a massively open online course (MOOC) that uses peer assessment, we always face the same daunting task: to aggregate several pieces of information contributed by a number of individuals into a single piece of information that appropriately represents the “wisdom of the crowd”. The ambition of this new research programme is to develop a principled approach for handling such collective information that can be easily instantiated to specific application domains.
Computational Social Choice
Endriss works in an area known as computational social choice. It deals with the design and analysis of mechanisms for collective decision making. Research in computational social choice is inherently interdisciplinary and draws on a wide range of ideas and techniques, originating in Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science (multiagent systems, knowledge representation, algorithm design, complexity theory), Economics (decision theory, game theory, social choice theory), and Mathematics (logic, probability theory).
<a></a>The archetypal problem studied in the field is that of how best to aggregate the preferences of several individuals, for instance, in an election. In this new research programme, Endriss now wants to generalise beyond this classical problem by also considering other types of information, besides preference information.
The funds made available by the Vici grant will be used to hire three PhD students, a postdoc, and a programmer to further strengthen the Computational Social Choice Group at the ILLC.For more information, see https://www.nwo.nl/actueel/nieuws/2018/02/35-wetenschappers-ontvangen-nwo-vici-van-anderhalf-miljoen-euro.html or contact Ulle Endriss at u.endriss at uva.nl.
(New) PhD position in Computational Social ChoiceDeadline: 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.For more information, see here or at http://www.uva.nl/en/content/vacancies/2018/02/18-080-phd-position-in-computational-social-choice.html or contact Ulle Endriss at u.endriss at uva.nl.
MacGillavry Fellowship, Tenure Track position for women in Logic and ComputationDeadline: Monday 19 March 2018ILLC participates in the recruitment programmeat the Faculty of Science for top level female talent. This programme is named after the ground breaking crystallographer Carolina MacGillavry, an alumna of the University of Amsterdam. The MacGillavry Fellowships at the Faculty of Science are offered to women who excel in their discipline, who possess leadership potential and aspire to a career as a professor at the University of Amsterdam.For more information, see here or at https://www.uva.nl/en/content/vacancies/2017/12/17-656-macgillavry-fellowship-tenure-track-position-for-women-in-logic-and-computation.html or contact Prof. Sonja Smets at S.J.L.Smets at uva.nl.
ILLC Events this week
23 February - 2 March 2018, Two day entrepeneurship event for MSc and PhD studentsLocation: Start Up Village, Science Park 608, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Are you curious about entrepreneurship but do not have a concrete startup idea yet? Or do you believe your research can be transformed into a business case but you don’t know where to start? Entrepreneurship in Data Science is an intensive two-day program that will allow you to experience all the challenging aspects of starting a company. Learn how to launch your own venture by joining interactive lectures, taking part in workshops by top science and business experts and listening to real-life stories from startup founders.For more information, see https://ace-incubator.nl/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Entrepreneurship-in-Data-Science-2018.pdf or contact Yulia Bodnar at yulia at ace-incubator.nl.
28 February 2018, Amsterdam Metaphysics Seminar, Richard WoodwardSpeaker: Richard Woodward (University of Hamburg)Title: The Cognitive Role of FictionalityLocation: Faculteitskamer (1.17), Oude Turfmarkt 145-147, AmsterdamFor more information, see https://sites.google.com/view/amsterdammetaphysicsseminar/.
1 March 2018, Logic and Interactive Rationality (LIRa), Jana WagemakerSpeaker: Jana WagemakerTitle: Gossip in NetKAT.Location: ILLC Seminar Room F1.15, Science Park 107, AmsterdamFor more information, see https://projects.illc.uva.nl/lgc/seminar/2018/01/lira-session-jana-wagemaker/.