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  • 1 - 5 April 2019, ACE Incubator Program Tech & Science

    Date: 1 - 5 April 2019
    Location: Startup Village, Science Park 608, Amsterdam
    Target audience: MSc students, researchers & industry experts

    Want to start your company in 2019? ACE helps founders build their startup with 12 weeks of training and support by leading mentors and business coaches. Sign up for our upcoming program (starts April 1st, 2019). We kick off the program with a one-week Bootcamp lead by SILICON VALLEY expert Gigi Wang.

    The Incubation program is developed for MSc students & researchers. ACE provides the resources to build and grow your science or tech startup. Based within Amsterdam Science Park’s startup community at Startup Village, ACE’s workshops take place within the heart of innovation.

    Deadline for applications: February 28th.

    For more information, see https://ace-incubator.nl/ or contact .
  • (New) Anne Troelstra (1939-2019)

    Sadly, we have to inform you that Anne Troelstra, after a short illness, suddenly died on March 7th, aged 79. A world-renowned eminent researcher, a supportive colleague, a teacher who trained many students to become important scholars, is no longer with us.

  • UvA launches first podcast series about the Next Big Thing in the sciences

    Rens Bod organises a free podcast. In the podcast episodes, nine prominent scientists look into the future by examining what they think is the next big step in their discipline.

    For more information, see http://iis.uva.nl/en/content/news/2019/02/podcast.html or contact Rens Bod at .
  • Translation Automation Society (TAUS) implements research results of Khalil Sima`an's DatAptor project

    TAUS launches Matching Data: a new technique of selecting
    language data for the training and tuning of machine
    translation (MT) engines. This new approach is a perfect fit for
    the new generation of Neural MT, which is much more sensitive to
    the quality of the training data. Matching Data empowers MT
    developers as well as Language Service Providers to efficiently
    compile customized corpora for building their own domain-specific
    translation solutions based on an example data set.

    The DatAptor project was a research project undertaken by the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation of the
    University of Amsterdam, led by Professor Khalil Sima’an and funded by the Dutch STW. Partners in the project were Intel, the Directorate General of Translation of the European Commission and TAUS. From 2013 to 2016 a team of researchers explored different approaches to make data selection from vast amounts of data seamless and more effective.

    For more information, see https://blog.taus.net/taus-launches-matching-data or contact Khalil Sima`an at .
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    Folia elects Rens Bod UvA person of the year

    Folia writes that Rens Bod receives this honour in a year where he created a serieus protest movement with WOinActie and in which his department of media studies was named best of the world.