The Information and Language Processing Systems group is part of the Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam at 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 content analysis (information retrieval, machine translation, language technology), the analysis of structural information (social networks, semi-structured data, linked data) and the analysis of user behavior (log analysis, click models, user studies).

We combine fundamental, experimental and applied research, and we do so using a broad range of textual data, data from the web, from enterprises, feed-based, edited, user generated, or obtained from (automatic) transcriptions of audio or video. We are involved with 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

27 Feb 2015 : SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam --- Boris Reuderink & Almer Tigelaar (FuelUp) And Evangelos Kanoulas

Friday, February 27, we'll have two SEA talks followed by drinks.

Boris Reuderink & Almer Tigelaar (FuelUp) will talk about “Personalized search and recommendation”. Evangelos Kanoulas (University of Amsterdam) will give a talk on “Reasoning about Entity-centric Events”.

Location: Science Park 904, Amsterdam; room D1.115. Time: Friday, February 27, 16-17hrs with drinks afterwards.

20 Feb 2015 : PhD position in machine learning for information retrieval

We're looking for a candidate for a fully funded four-year PhD track that has been set up by the University of Amsterdam and Microsoft Research Cambridge. Please see for details.

30 Jan 2015 : SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam --- Michiel Hildebrand (Spinque) and Maria-Hendrike Peetz (UvA, ILPS)

Friday January 30th, we'll have two SEA talks followed by drinks at Maslow.

Michiel Hildebrand (Spinque) and Maria-Hendrike Peetz (University of Amsterdam).

Location: Science Park 904, Amsterdam; room C1.112. Time: Friday January 30th, 16-17hrs with drinks afterwards at Maslow, a nearby bar.

SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam is brought to you by Amsterdam Data Science.

09 Jan 2015 : David Graus ILPS Most Valuable Player 2014

David Graus has won the ILPS Most Valuable Player award for 2014. The award is given to an ILPS member that has made significant contributions to the group as a whole. The winner is selected based on votes by group members.

19 Dec 2014 : SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam --- Giovanni Lanzani and Artem Grotov

The next installment of SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam will be centered around real time data analysis. Giovanni Lanzani (GoDataDriven) will talk about Real time data driven applications.
Artem Grotov (University of Amsterdam) will talk about User models: what are they good for?

Location: Science Park 904, Amsterdam; room A1.14. Time: Friday December 19, 16-17hrs with drinks afterwards.

SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam is brought to you by Amsterdam Data Science.

01 Dec 2014 : Evangelos Kanoulas joins ILPS

Evangelos Kanoulas joins ILPS as an assistant professor. Evangelos is well-known for his work on search engine evaluation methodology.

18 Nov 2014 : Christophe Van Gysel Joins ILPS

Christophe Van Gysel joins ILPS as a PhD student. Christophe will be working on the VOX-Pol project on search and analysis methods in the context of violent online political extremism. He will be supervised by Maarten de Rijke and Marcel Worring.

12 Nov 2014 : Tomáš Tunys visits ILPS

Tomáš Tunys from the Czech Technical University in Prague is visiting ILPS for 4 months. He will be working with Maarten de Rijke and Masrour Zoghi on learning to rank.