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.

Recent News

Summer Edition SEA: on Smart Data and Applications for the Publishing Industry

Friday, July 31, we’ll have our summer edition of SEA with two talks followed by drinks.

Antonio Gulli (Elsevier) will talk about “Smart Data and Applications for the Publishing Industry” and Xinyi Li (University of Amsterdam) will talk about “Academic Failures and Struggles: Query Suggestions in Academic Search”.

Science Park 904, Room H0.08, Amsterdam. Time: Friday, July 31, 16-17hrs with drinks afterwards. Note that this room is in a different part of the building a rather long walk.

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Ivan Zapreev joins ILPS

On July 17, 2015, Ivan Zapreev joined the ILPS group as a scientific programmer. Ivan obtained a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Twente in 2008. Before joining ILPS, Ivan worked as a post-dotoral researcher at CWI, as a software developer at ASML, and as a lecturer at Fontys Hogescholen. Ivan will work on the REMEDI (Robust and Efficient Machine Translation in a Distributed Infrastructure) project under the supervision of Christof Monz.

Good news from CIKM 2015

This year we have three full papers accepted at CIKM:

  • A semi-supervised approach to short text similarity with word embeddings — Tom Kenter, Maarten de Rijke
  • Ad hoc monitoring of vocabulary shifts over time — Tom Kenter, Maarten de Rijke, Pim Huijnen, Melvin Wevers
  • Struggle and success in web search — Daan Odijk, Ryen White, Ahmed Hassan Awadallah, Susan Dumais

Nikos Voskarides Joins ILPS as PhD Student

On July 1, Nikos Voskarides, an ILPS alumnus, will join ILPS again, this time as PhD Student. He will be working on the MediaNow project, a collaboration between the Informatics Institute and Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. Nikos will be supervised by Maarten de Rijke.