The Information and Language Processing Systems group is part of the Informatics Institute of the University of Amsterdam. Our research is aimed at intelligent information access, especially in the face of massive amounts of information. We work on finding and analyzing content (information retrieval, machine translation, language technology), the analysis of structural information (social networks, linked data) and the analysis of user behavior (self-learning search, log analysis, user studies).

We combine fundamental, experimental and applied research, and we do so using a broad range of textual data, data from the web or enterprises, edited or user generated, or obtained from (automatic) transcriptions of audio or video. We are involved in a large number of projects with other groups, both within and outside academia. Our research is funded by NWO, KNAW, the EU and through a range of public-private partnerships.

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SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam on April 20

SEA_logoThis edition of SEA is in partnership with FNWI. As usual we will have two talks followed by drinks. Our industrial speaker is Wouter Alink, a Search Engine Architect at Spinque. He will talk about the search engine design process at Spinque. Our academic speaker is Julia Kiseleva, Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Amsterdam. She will talk about optimizing interactive systems with data-driven objectives.

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Maarten de Rijke receives Google Faculty Research Award

Maarten de Rijke is one of the recipients of the Google Faculty Research Award 2017. The reward will support research on conversational search, and in particular on reinforcement learning techniques that help yield better responses to users’ information needs in an interactive setting. The work will be carried out with Ziming Li and Julia Kiseleva. Out of 1033 proposals to the Google Faculty Research Award program, 152 were funded.

ILPS and SIGIR 2018 workshops

ILPS-ers are involved with several upcoming workshops at SIGIR 2018:

In addition, former ILPS-ers Edgar Meij and Jiyin He are co-organizers of the following SIGIR 2018 workshops, respectively:

SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam on March 23

SEA_logoThis edition of SEA is in partnership with FNWI. As usual we will have two talks: one academic and one industry talk, followed by drinks. Our industrial speaker is Lucas Bernardi, a Data Scientist at Booking.com. He will talk about recommender systems at Booking.com. Our academic speaker is Anna Sepilarskaia, a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam. She will talk about an approach for addressing the new user cold-start problem in recommender systems.

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Sapna Negi visits ILPS as part of ADS-Insight Exchange

As part of the recently launched collaboration between Amsterdam Data Science and the Insight Centre for Data Analytics (Ireland), Sapna Negi is visiting the Information and Language Processing Systems Group at UvA for 3 months. Sapna is a PhD student in the NLP team at Insight Centre for Data Analytics @ NUI Galway and works on mining suggestions from reviews and other social media content.

SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam on February 23

SEA_logoThis edition of SEA is in partnership with FNWI. As usual we will have two talks: one academic and one industry talk, followed by drinks. This Friday, we will have an academic talk by Thomas Kipf, PhD student at the University of Amsterdam, who will talk about modeling knowledge graphs with graph convolutional networks. Our industrial talk will be given by Panos Alexopoulos, head of Ontology at Textkernel B.V., who will talk about using knowledge graphs in search engines.
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SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam on January 26

SEA_logoThis edition of SEA is in partnership with FNWI. As usual we will have two talks: one academic and one industry talk, followed by drinks. This Friday, we will have an academic talk by Bob van de Velde, a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam, who will talk about controversy detection. Our industrial talk will be given by Gianluigi Bardelloni, a Data Engineer/Scientist at the KPN NL D&A Data Science Lab, who will talk about customer service call/chat classification at KPN.
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Project ACCESS receives NWO Creative Industries funding

nwoThe Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has granted funding of ca. € 500.000 for the project “ACCESS: Access to City Councils using Exploratory Search Systems” wihin the Smart Culture: Creative Cities, Creative Industries program. The project consortium consists of dr. Jaap Kamps (UvA), ILPS-er dr. Maarten Marx (UvA) and their private partners Spinque BV, NotuBiz BV, Open State Foundation, GridLine BV, Stamkracht BV, and public partners Stadsarchief Amsterdam, KNAW/Huygens-ING and KB Den Haag.