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

Thorsten Joachims visits ILPS

Thorsten Joachims from Cornell University is visiting ILPS for 1 year. Two of his PhD students will join him shortly.

Thorsten Joachims is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and in the Department of Information Science at Cornell University. He joined the department in 2001 after finishing his Ph. D. as a student of Prof. Morik at the AI-unit of the University of Dortmund, from where he also received a Diplom in Computer Science in 1997. Between 2000 and 2001 he worked as a PostDoc at the GMD in the Knowledge Discovery Team of the Institute for Autonomous Intelligent Systems. From 1994 to 1996 he spent one and a half years at Carnegie Mellon University as a visiting scholar of Prof. Tom Mitchell. Thorsten Joachims is an ACM Fellow, AAAI Fellow, and Humboldt Fellow.

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