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ILLC News and Events

These pages provide information about recent developments at or relevant to the ILLC (last update: 28 April 2016). Please let us know if you have material that you would like to be added to the news pages, by using the online submission form. For minor updates to existing entries you can also email the news administrators directly. English submissions strongly preferred.

Items which are new or have been updated within the last week are marked "(New)" or "(Updated)".

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  • Two PhD positions at Faculty of Science

    The ILLC currently has two PhD positions available at the Faculty of Science, starting on 1 September 2016. Applications are now invited from excellent candidates wishing to conduct research in an area within ILLC that fits naturally in the Faculty of Science. Closing date for applications: 15 May 2016.

    For more information, see or contact the Chair of the Selection Committee, Professor Robert van Rooij, at R.A.M.vanRooij at

  • Sonja Smets appointed new director of ILLC

    Sonja Smets has been appointed director of the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) effective 1 June 2016. Smets has been working for ILLC since 2012, where she joined the management team in November 2013.

    In 2012 Smets moved with her research team from University of Groningen to UvA, where she became director of the ILLC PhD-programme. Her research programme, which is now part of the Institute’s Amsterdam Dynamics group, ranges over logic and its applications in areas such as formal epistemology and quantum theory. In 2009, she received a Vidi award from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for her project on quantum logic and the applications of logic to quantum information theory. In 2012 she was awarded the ERC Starting Grant to fund her project on the logical structure of correlated information change.

    Besides her work for ILLC, Smets was appointed member of the Scientific Oversight Committee of the Joint Research Center for Logic at Tsinghua University (Beijing) and UvA in 2014.

  • Postdoctoral researcher in Statistical Machine Translation

    The SLPL Lab, led by Professor Khalil Sima'an, is part of the Language and Computation Programme at the ILLC. The SLPL Lab is seeking to attract a postdoctoral researcher in Statistical Machine Translation for a fixed term of two years. SLPL currently has 7 PhD candidates, 3 postdoctoral researchers and two research assistants working on five ongoing externally funded projects, including a Vici, H2020 QT21, ITN EXPERT, an Open Competition and an STW project.

    Prospective candidates should hold a PhD degree in statistical natural language processing or a related research area with experience in statistical machine translation, as well as proven experience in and affinity with programming and empirical experimentation with text (parallel) corpora. While this is primarily a research position, the successful candidate will be expected to also make a minor contribution to teaching.

    Application deadline: 15 May 2016. For more information, see

ILLC Events this week

  • 4 May 2016, Algebra|Coalgebra Seminar, Tomáš Jakl (Charles University Prague, University of Birmingham)

    Speaker: Tomáš Jakl (Charles University Prague, University of Birmingham)
    Title: Bitopology and four-valued logic
    Date and time: Wednesday 4 May 2016, 16:00-17:00
    Location: Room F1.15, ILLC, Science Park 107, Amsterdam

    For more information, see or contact Frederik Lauridsen (F.M.Lauridsen at

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