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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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.

Project ‘Art DATIS’ receives NWO Creative Industries funding

nwoThe Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has granted Smart Culture – Big Data / Digital Humanities funding of ca. € 500.000 for the project Digital Art Technical sources for the Netherlands: Integration and improvement of sources on glass for a Sustainable future (Art DATIS), by prof. dr. Sven Dupré (UU/UvA), dr. Marieke Hendriksen (UU), ILPS-er dr. Evangelos Kanoulas (UvA) and their private partners RKD Netherlands Institute for Art History (Anita Hopmans and Reinier van ‘t Zelfde), Stichting Vrij Glas (Durk Valkema) and Picturae (Mark Lindeman).

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 https://www.meetup.com/SEA-Search-Engines-Amsterdam/events/243705243/ 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