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

FAT/WEB: Workshop on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency on the Web

www2017_logoRecent academic and journalistic reviews of online web services have revealed that many systems exhibit subtle biases reflecting historic discrimination. Examples include racial and gender bias in search advertising, image recognition services, sharing economy mechanisms, pricing, and web-based delivery. The list of production systems exhibiting biases continues to grow and may be endemic to the way models are trained and the data used. Continue reading

SEA: Search Engines Amsterdam on December 16


This edition of SEA is in partnership with FNWI. We will have two talks followed by drinks. The academic talk will be given by Maria Eskevich from Radboud University and the industry talk will be given by Gerbert Kaandorp from Please note that this edition of SEA will be held in the Universiteitsbiblioth­eek (Vondelzaal), Singel 425, 1012WP, Amsterdam. Continue reading

Nikos Voskarides Wins KION AI Thesis Award

logo-uvaCongratulations to ILPS PhD student Nikos Voskarides for winning the KION AI Thesis Award for his MSc thesis “Explaining relationships between entities.” The prize was awarded today, November 10, 2016, at BNAIC 2016 in Amsterdam. His MSc thesis was supervised by Edgar Meij and Manos Tsagkias and a paper based on the thesis was presented at ACL 2015 in Beijing, with follow-up currently under submission.