News and Events: Projects and Awards

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Projects and Awards

  • (New) Mostafa Dehghani and Iris van de Pol receive a UvA Lustrum Grant

    We are pleased to announce that Mostafa Dehghani and Iris van de Pol receive a UvA Lustrum Grant.

    Mostafa Dehghani <> is a PhD student at ILLC.

    "This grant makes it possible for me to do a research visit in the
    Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA) as the world-leading
    group in deep learning, and combine my experiences there with the knowledge
    I gained so far at the University of Amsterdam where we have the
    world-leading research group in information retrieval. I am sure this will
    be a tremendous boost for my research and thesis. Besides, it helps me
    extend my network of peers by meeting numerous senior researchers of the
    community in MILA as well as fellow students. I hope this also consolidate
    and grow long-term research collaborations between these two universities."

    Iris van de Pol is a PhD candidate at ILLC.

    "This grant gives me the opportunity to visit the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) at Stanford University for three months. My research concentrates on pragmatic communication, or being able to understand eachother without litterally saying what we mean, by using context and background knowledge. I study this topic from a computational perspective, using different logics and game theory. Members of CSLI are researchers from different disciplines (like logic, philosophy, cognitive science and psychology) precisely what I need for my research."

  • (New) Elia Bruni wins 2017 IJCAI-JAIR Best Paper Prize

    Elia Bruni has received the 2017 IJCAI-JAIR Best Paper Prize for his paper "Multimodal Distributional Semantics", co-authored with Nam Khanh Tran and Marco Baroni. The paper was published in the Journal of Artificial Intelligence Research (JAIR) in 2014, before his arrival at the ILLC. The prize is awarded annually to an outstanding paper published in JAIR during the preceding five calendar years. Funding for the award is provided by the International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI).

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  • UvA385 Grant has been awarded to ILLC PhD student

    The Doctorate Board of the University of Amsterdam has awarded UvA385 grant to ILLC PhD student, Mostafa Dehghani. In 2017, the University of Amsterdam is celebrating its 385th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the UvA was introducing a new type of grant, the UvA385 Grant, which enables UvA PhD candidates to acquire international experience. UvA385 Grants were offered on top of existing regular opportunities.

    For more information, contact Mostafa Dehghani at .
  • Benedikt Löwe elected First Vice President of IASCUD

    At the General Assembly of the International Association for Science & Cultural Diversity (IASCUD) in Rio de Janeiro on 27 July 2017, Benedikt Löwe was elected to be the First Vice President of IASCUD for four years (2017-2021). IASCUD aims at studying philosophical and historical aspects of cultural diversity in science and scientific practice.

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