The Institute for Logic, Language and Computation is involved in several consortia. More information about ILLC research grants can be found here.
ESSENCE: Evolution of Shared Semantics in Computational Environments
In everyday life, humans exhibit strong skills in resolving communication problems by re-negotiating what they mean. Modern-day computational systems, however, are lacking in resilience and robustness in this respect. Whenever different components with different vocabularies and models of meaning interact within distributed, open enviroments, they have to rely on their human designers’ abilities to resolve problems of miscommunication.
The aim of the ESSENCE network is to translate these abilities of natural communicating systems to computational systems in order to improve their resilience and robustness, and by doing so to also make these systems more comprehensible to human users. To this end, we will bring together research on phenomena observed in human communication with research from areas that investigate heterogeneous computational communicating systems.
Language in Interaction
Human language is the most powerful communication system that evolution has produced. It is the basis of culture and social life. It comes in many forms (> 6000 languages today). At the same time it is deeply rooted in the neurobiology of the human brain. The overarching quest of our programme is to account for, and understand, the balance between universality and variability at all relevant levels of the language system and the interplay with different cognitive systems, such as memory, action, and cognitive control.To achieve this, Language in Interaction brings together 50 researchers from eight universities and one research institute within the Netherlands to understand this unique capacity in its full glory.
The consortium was awarded a very substantial subsidy for 10 years within the Gravitation programme. This programme, initiated by the Dutch government and NWO, encourages outstanding and innovative research by consortia of top researchers in the Netherlands.
For current job openings for PhD candidates and post-doctoral researchers: http://www.languageininteraction.nl/jobs.html
EXPERT: EXPloiting Empirical appRoaches to Translation
EXPERT (EXPloiting Empirical appRoaches to Translation) aims to train young researchers, namely Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) and Experienced Researchers (ERs), to promote the research, development and use of hybrid language translation technologies. The overall objective of EXPERT is to provide innovative research and training in the field of Translation memory and Machine Translation Technologies to 15 Marie Curie Fellows.