News and Events: Miscellaneous

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Headlines Miscellaneous


  • (New) PhD assembly meeting Monday 17 June

    The next PhD assembly meeting, where PhD students can ask questions to the Management Team of the ILLC, is on Monday 17 June from 12.00 till 13.00 in the Common Room of SP107. Lunch will be arranged.
    For more information, contact Tugba Altin at .
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    Language & Music Cognition group organised musical experiments for children

    As a university, we not only teach students or conduct research, we also want to share knowledge and insights. That is why PhD students Charlotte Pouw and Marcel Velez Vasquez from the Language & Music Cognition group recently traveled to Zutphen, to host activities at the Expedition NEXT science festival. The yearly event is dedicated to enthusing children about science. This year more than 6000 children attended.

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    Peter van Emde Boas chairs 500th promotion defense

    On Wednesday, the 24th of April, Peter van Emde Boas chaired his 500th promotion defense. In fact this was the 22,338th defense at the UvA. This means that Peter chaired 2% of all UvA defenses.

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    A Call for Responsible Quantum Technology

    A Comment about responsible quantum technology, co-authored by ILLC PhD Candidate Eline de Jong, got published in Nature Physics:
    "The time has come to consider appropriate guardrails to ensure quantum technology benefits humanity and the planet. With quantum development still in flux, the science community shares a responsibility in defining principles and practices.” That is, in a nutshell, the call that Eline de Jong, Professor Urs Gasser, and Mauritz Kop, make in their Comment that got published in Nature Physics. Eline: 'The history of technology — from nuclear energy to present-day AI — offers a cautionary tale by teaching us that ethical, legal, social, and policy implications of powerful new technologies too often are only an afterthought once the tech train is already on full speed. With quantum technologies, we can still be ahead and lay the guardrails to steer innovation into a desirable direction. This calls for a collective effort to define principles and practices for responsible quantum technology.'

    For more information, see or contact Eline de Jong at .
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    Lab42 Stories: 2050: the year that it will happen

    Even before you step into the Intelligent Robotics Lab of LAB42, you're greeted by 8 pairs of eyes — not the employees of the lab, but the welcoming committee of LAB42 in the form of various robots. Upon entering the lab, you immediately encounter a soccer field, confirming you're in the right place. Walking further, you arrive at the destination: Wike Duivenvoorden, Bachelor's student in Artificial Intelligence and coordinator of promotion & events for the Dutch Nao Team. Get to know the team and their goal for 2050!

    For more information, see or contact Marion Vetter - online editor LAB42 site at .
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    New ILLC blog post "Addressing Diversity – A Multifaceted Endeavour"

    In recent years, more attention has started to be paid to diversity within academia. How is the ILLC working on inclusivity and respect for all identities?