News and Events: Projects and Awards
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Projects and Awards
(New) Raquel Fernández and Sandro Pezzelle receive RPA Human(e) AI Grant
To accelerate the work on AI, the UvA has launched a new Research Priority Area, Human(e) AI, which aims to synthesise ongoing work and stimulate new research on the societal consequences of AI. We are pleased to announce that Raquel Fernández (ILLC), Margot van der Goot (ASCoR) and Sandro Pezzelle (ILLC) have received an RPA grant for their project entitled Exploring Adaptation of Conversational Systems to Different Age Groups.For more information, see https://humane-ai.nl/seed-funded-projects-2020-2021/exploring-adaptation-of-conversational-systems-to-different-age-groups/ or contact Sandro Pezzelle at s.pezzelle at uva.nl.
(New) Rens Bod has been appointed International Francqui Professor at Ghent UniversityFor more information, see https://www.ugent.be/lw/nl/actueel/nieuws/rensbod.htm or contact Rens Bod at L.W.M.Bod at uva.nl.
(New) Henkjan Honing receives ABC Research Grant
Henkjan Honing (ILLC ) and Pilou Bazin (FMG) received an ABC Project Grant for their proposal on studying how temporal expectations shape musical experience in the human brain. This interdisciplinary project takes advantage of a wide variety of expertise available within the University of Amsterdam. It was reviewed as “novel and exciting”, with a “solid experimental paradigm and well-defined predictions at the computational and neural level”, using “state-of-the-art modelling and imaging approaches”.
Robert Paßmann receives Cultuurfondsbeurs
Robert Paßmann received a Cultuurfondsbeurs of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds to visit the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge for the academic year 2020/21. He will become a member of St John's College, Cambridge.For more information, contact Benedikt Löwe at bloewe at science.uva.nl.
Floris Roelofsen has been awarded a grant in ZonMw's COVID-19 programme
We are pleased to announce that Floris Roelofsen (ILLC) has been awarded a grant in ZonMw's COVID-19 programme. With this grant Floris Roelofsen (ILLC) and A.S. Smeijers (AUMC) will improve the communication between health care providers and deaf patients.For more information, see https://www.zonmw.nl/nl/subsidies/openstaande-subsidieoproepen/detail/item/covid-19-wetenschap-voor-de-praktijk/ or contact Floris Roelofsen at floris.roelofsen at gmail.com.
Harry Buhrman joins Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
Quantum researcher Harry Buhrman joins the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The KNAW is the most relevant Dutch society of top scientists. Together with seventeen other researchers, Buhrman will be installed as a new Academy member. Buhrman is affiliated with the CWI and the University of Amsterdam. He is also director and founder of research institute QuSoft, which focuses on the development of quantum software and applications of quantum computers and quantum networks.For more information, see https://www.knaw.nl/nl/actueel/nieuws/knaw-kiest-achttien-nieuwe-leden or contact Harry Buhrman at buhrman at cwi.nl.
Paul Vitányi and Ming Li receive 2020 McGuffey Longevity Award
Paul Vitányi (Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica) and his colleague Ming Li (University of Waterloo in Canada) have received one of seven 2020 McGuffey Longevity Awards from the Textbook & Academic Authors Association for An Introduction to Kolmogorov Complexity and Its Applications.For more information, see https://www.cwi.nl/news/2020/ming-li-and-paul-vitanyis-textbook-on-kolmogorov-complexity-receives-a-2020-mcguffey-longevity-award or contact Paul Vitányi at Paul.Vitanyi at cwi.nl.
Giovanni Colavizza has been awarded an NWO Corona: fast-track data grant
We are pleased to announce that Giovanni Colavizza (ILLC) has been awarded an NWO Corona: fast-track data grant, to work on Collecting systematic survey data on scientists’ information-seeking and information-spreading behaviour in a time of crisis. The grant funds a postdoc for 6 months.For more information, see https://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/sgw/corona-fast-track-data/corona-fast-track-data.html or contact dr Giovanni Colavizza at g.colavizza at uva.nl.