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Headlines Projects and Awards
The ILLC is extremely proud to announce that NWO has awarded prestigious VIDI grants to four ILLC researchers. Congratulations to Raquel Fernandez, Floris Roelofsen, Christian Schaffner en Ivan Titov.
The VIDI grant is part of the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme run by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). It is one of the most prestigeous grants for researchers in the Netherlands, enabling researchers who have already spent several years doing postdoctoral research to develop their own innovative lines of research, and to appoint one or more researchers.
For more information, see http://www.illc.uva.nl/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=6899 and http://www.nwo.nl/onderzoek-en-resultaten/programmas/vernieuwingsimpuls/ .
Computational linguist Raquel Alhama (ILLC) wins best student poster award at the International Conference on Cognitive Modelling (ICCM'15) with her work on: "How should we evaluate models of segmentation in artificial language learning?" (with Remko Scha and Jelle Zuidema).
For more information, see http://clclab.humanities.uva.nl/news/
Mostafa Dehghani, from ILLC received the Best Poster Award of European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR2015). The prize is received for a poster presentation of the paper entitled "Sources of Evidence for Automatic Indexing of Political Texts" (co-authored by Hosein Azarbonyad, Maarten Marx, and Jaap Kamp).For more information, see http://www.illc.uva.nl/NewsandEvents/newsitem.php?id=6847 or contact dehghaniuva.nl.
Dr Tamara Dobler has been awarded an EU Marie Curie Individual Fellowship for the project Radical Contextualism and the Science of Meaning. Dr Dobler will be appointed at the Faculty of Humanities, and will carry out her project at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation (ILLC). The overall purpose of the project is to investigate the impact that radical contextualism has upon certain foundational issues in philosophy of language, formal semantics, and philosophy of science.
For more information, see http://www.uva.nl/en/news-events/news/uva-news/content/press-releases/2015/03/
As a part of the Amsterdam Academic Alliance (AAA), the UvA and VU recently awarded 3 million euros for the new Data Science research program. Within this project, UvA researchers Rens Bod (FNWI&FGW) and Julia Noordegraaf (FGW) together with VU researchers landed a project entitled "Quality and Perspectives in Deep Data". In this project a *longue durée* perspective on data will be developed. Two postdocs will be jointly appointed at the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam. These postdocs will develop tools to research respectively the long-term changes in cultural expressions (1600-2000), and the identification of factors that affect the quality of textual sources.
For more information, see http://amsterdamdatascience.nl/news/amsterdam-data-science-receives-aaa-funding/ or contact rens.bodgmail.com