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These pages provide information about recent developments at or relevant to the ILLC (last update: 28 August 2014). 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.

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  • 19 September 2014, `Borrel' on the occasion of Jeroen Groenendijk's retirement

    Date and time: Friday 19 September 2014, 17:30 - 19:00
    Location: Kapitein Zeppos, Gebed Zonder End 5, Amsterdam

    On the occasion of Jeroen's retirement the ILLC and department of philosophy will organise a `borrel' at Kapitein Zeppos on Friday 19 September 2014. All are invited!

    For more information, see or contact illc at

  • Khalil Sima'an appointed professor Computational Linguistics

    Khalil Sima'an has been appointed professor of Computational Linguistics at the Faculty of Science.

    For more information, see

  • Fenrong Liu, professor by special appointment in the Amsterdam-China Logic Chair

    Prof. F. Liu (1975) has been named professor by special appointment in the Amsterdam-China Logic Chair at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Science (FNWI). This is a new chair established by the Amsterdam University Fund Foundation.

    For more information, see

  • Official launch of the Joint Research Center in Logic in China

    The Joint Research Center in Logic of the ILLC and Tsinghua University has had its official launch in China on July 2d, with a workshop followed by the Third East-Asian Summer School in Logic, Language and Computation.

    The website of the joint center with its current and future activities will soon be on air officially ( Several Chinese news items have appeared in connection with these events:

    For more information, see

  • Harry Buhrman in the news with new method of computation

    Catalytic memory is the new term for a method of computation whereby the computer carries out a computation using memory that it is already filled with data, returning it to its original state after use. The result is counter intuitive and was conjectured to be impossible. In a article by Harry Buhrman (UvA, CWI), Richard Cleve (University of Waterloo), Michal, Koucký (Charles University Prague), Bruno Loff (CWI) en Florian Speelman (CWI), it is demonstrated not only that this is possible, but also that this gives rise to a new complexity class and a new way of thinking about memory use with some applications to cryptography.

    The article was presented last week at the prestigious ACM Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC). An extensive review of the results are discussed in the well known weblog on theoretical computer science:

    For more information, email buhrman at

  • HookedOnMusic launched in the UK

    Authors: John Ashley Burgoyne, Jan Van Balen, Dimitrios Bountouridis, and Henkjan Honing

    HookedOnMusic, the latest version of the Music Cognition Group's experiment on 'catchiness' and musical memory, launched in the UK last week. The game is available to play on all recent browsers and operating systems, including Android and iOS devices, from the link below. So far the game has attracted over 5000 users, about half of our ultimate goal. Please try it yourself, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.

    For more information and to play the game, see

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