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(Updated) PhD in Sign Language LinguisticsDeadline: Monday 10 January 2022
Are you passionate about Sign Language Linguistics? Are you proficient in at least one sign language yourself? Do you have experience collecting, annotating, and analyzing sign language data? And do you have a solid background in formal syntax and semantics? We are seeking a PhD candidate to investigate syntactic and semantic properties of questions across a broad range of sign languages through fieldwork and collaboration with an international network of sign language linguists.For more information, see here or at https://vacatures.uva.nl/UvA/job/PhD-in-Sign-Language-Linguistics/736182802/ or contact Floris Roelofsen at F.Roelofsen. at uva.nl.
(New) PhD Position in Natural Language ProcessingDeadline: Thursday 6 January 2022
The PhD position is part of a newly established collaboration between the University of Amsterdam and Meta AI (formerly Facebook AI) Research. The project focuses on the development of natural language processing and machine learning methods for automated detection of misinformation online.For more information, see here or at https://vacatures.uva.nl/UvA/job/PhD-Position-in-Natural-Language-Processing/737035002/ or contact Dr. Katia Shutova at e.shutova at uva.nl.
Assistant Professor in Experimental Methods for AI in Logic and LanguageDeadline: Sunday 19 December 2021
Do you combine a knowledge of natural language semantics with that of experimental methods and their statistical analysis? Are you an expert in the use of causality and/or bias in Artificial Intelligence? Do you have a track record of publishing in leading journals in Logic, Language and/or Artificial Intelligence? Are you an inspiring teacher who is competent to teach a wide variety of courses in the areas of logic and natural language analysis, as well as Human(e) AI? Do you have an excellent command of both English and Dutch?For more information, see here or at https://vacatures.uva.nl/UvA/job/Assistant-Professor-in-Experimental-Methods-for-AI-in-Logic-and-Language/736130202/ or contact Sonja Smets at s.j.l.smets at uva.nl.
ILLC Events this week
6 December 2021, Reading group: Elements of Causal Inference (Causal Inference Lab)Location: Hybrid Form (look at our website)
Main reading: Peters, Jonas, Dominik Janzing, and Bernhard Schölkopf. 2017. Elements of Causal Inference: Foundations and Learning Algorithms. The MIT Press.
For the next meeting, we have to:
- Work on the problems of Chapter 3.5 "Problems" (pp. 39-41)For programming, prefer R.Submit solutions to the drive file [link in our website], so that others can access them for discussion.
- Read Chapter 4 "Learning Cause-Effect Models" (pp. 43-70)
At the beginning of the meeting, Matt will give a 10' presentation on the main arguments of the Dawid (2021) and Janzing et al. (2016) papers in the "Suggested Readings" [see website].For more information, see http://projects.illc.uva.nl/cil/page_Reading-Group/ or contact Evan Iatrou at evangelos.iat at gmail.com.
(New) 7 December 2021, EXPRESS / PhilMath Seminar, Lucas RosenblattSpeaker: Lucas Rosenblatt (Buenos Aires)Title: Theories of ParadoxicalityLocation: Online via Zoom
A lot has been written on solutions to the semantic paradoxes but very little on the topic of general theories of paradoxicality. The reason for this, I believe, is that in most cases it is not easy to disentangle a solution to the paradoxes from a specific conception of what those paradoxes consist in. In this talk I want to do things differently. I will first address the question of what one should expect from a theory of paradoxicality. Then I will present and critically evaluate a number of theories that have been offered in the literature. The main claim I want to make is that, in many respects, these theories needn’t be seen as competing with one another. This is joint work with Camila Gallovich.
(New) 7 December 2021, Master of Logic defense, Luca van der KampTitle: The Epistemic Logic of Full Communication and Social Networks: An Analysis of Mediation and Network FormationLocation: Online (closed session)Supervisor: Sonja Smets
9 December 2021, Logic and Interactive Rationality (LIRa), Giorgio SbardoliniSpeaker: Giorgio SbardoliniLocation: OnlineFor more information, see https://projects.illc.uva.nl/lgc/seminar/2021/10/lira-session-giorgio-sbardolini/.
(New) 10 December 2021, Cool Logic, Amity Aharoni and Rodrigo AlmeidaSpeaker: Amity Aharoni and Rodrigo Almeida (ILLC)Title: Brouwer's Intuitionism: Philosophy, the Continuum, and boxing with your FeetLocation: Science Park 904, Amsterdam
When mathematicians and logicians hear the term 'intuitionism' they often think about the law of excluded middle, weak proof systems, and Heyting's formalisation of his teacher's philosophy. In this talk we will look at Brouwer's philosophy and mathematics of intuitionism, tracing some of the philosophical underpinnings, and motivating his mathematical results with contemporary mathematical tools. In it, we emphasise Brouwer's attempt to undermine the place of logic in the foundation of philosophy, replacing it with a special notion of 'intuition'.