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:

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.

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.

CSC-funded PhD Opportunities at ILPS

logo-uvaAre you a Chinese student who is looking for a CSC-funded PhD position? Are you interested in working on technology that connects people to information? For instance, search engines, recommender systems, conversational agents, machine translation? Check out the research by our senior staff members Evangelos Kanoulas, Maarten Marx, Christof Monz and Maarten de Rijke, and contact them if you’re interested.

SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam on December 15

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, December 15, our industrial speaker is Balaji Chandran: project architect in the Social Technology team of KLM. He will talk about how KLM powered social media operations using bots, AI and machine learning. The academic speaker is Krisztian Balog, who is a full professor at the University of Stavanger where he leads the Information Access & Interaction research group. He will talk about research that aims at assisting users in their work with tables. See for details.

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ILPS-ers at WSDM 2018

Several ILPS-ers and former ILPS-ers will be at WSDM 2018, to be held in Los Angeles, CA, February 5-9, 2018:

  • Bayesian Optimization for Optimizing Retrieval Systems, Dan Li and Evangelos Kanoulas
  • Neural Networks for Information Retrieval, Tom Kenter, Alexey Borisov, Christophe Van Gysel, Mostafa Dehghani, and Maarten de Rijke (tutorial)
  • Why People Search for Images using Web Search Engines, Xiaohui Xie, Yiqun Liu, Maarten de Rijke, Jiyin He, Min Zhang, and Shaoping Ma