News and Events: Projects and Awards

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Projects and Awards

  • (New) MoL Students and ILLC PhD Candidate among those elected UvA person of the year

    Luca van der Kamp (Master of Logic), Marlou Gijzen (Master of Logic), and PhD candidate Joran van Apeldoorn (Quantum Computing) were among five of the UvA academic community, the others being Tijn de Vos (math) and Nina Boelsums (Industrial Design), who started a petition demanding a referendum on the new `sleepwet'.

  • Daniel Wiechmann and Elma Kerz win "best paper award" at EUROPHRAS 2017

    Daniel Wiechman and Elma Kerz win best paper award at EUROPHRAS 2017 for their paper "Individual Differences in L2 Processing of Multi-word Phrases: Effects of Working Memory and Personality".

    EUROPHRAS is the international conference on Computational and Corpus-based Phraseology. The conference focusses on interdisciplinary approaches to phraseology and includes topics like: corpus-based, psycholinguistic and cognitive approaches to the study of phraseology, the computational treatment of multi-word expressions, and practical applications in translation, lexicography and language learning , teaching and assessment.

    For more information, see or contact Daniel Wiechmann at .
  • Honorary doctorate awarded to Barbara Partee

    The University of Amsterdam (UvA) will award an honorary doctorate to Prof. Barbara Partee, an internationally influential linguist and language philosopher. Partee receives an honorary doctorate for her contribution to the development of formal semantics in natural language. The honorary doctorates will be conferred during the UvA’s Dies Natalis on Monday, 8 January.

    Honorary supervisors are Prof. Sonja Smets, professor Logic and Epistemology at the Faculty of Humanities and Faculty of Science, and Prof. Martin Stokhof, professor of Language Philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities.

  • Malvin Gattinger wins ESSLLI 2017 Student Session Best paper award

    Malvin Gattinger wins Student Session Best paper award at ESSLLI 2017. On his website you can find the paper and the slides of his talk 'Towards Symbolic Factual Change in DEL'.

    For more information, see
  • 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."

  • 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).

    For more information, see

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