Tom Kenter joins ILPS to work as a software engineer on xTAS related project, with Ork de Rooij, Edgar Meij and Maarten de Rijke.Continue reading
The Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for a fully funded position for a PhD student in the area of reinforcement learning for information retrieval. The position is within the Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam and will be supervised by Shimon Whiteson and Maarten de Rijke.
Application closing date: 30 April 2012
Starting date: 15 July 2012 (later starting date is possible).
Duration: 4 years.
Together with colleagues from the Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Carribbean Studies, Erasmus University Rotterdam and the NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Maarten de Rijke has been awarded a KNAW Computational Humanities grant worth 681K Euro for a project entitled “Elite Network Shifts During Regime Change”. The project aims to develop new techniques for detecting elites and their relationships from large archives of news media.Continue reading
The project is funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). Within the project, ISLA collaborates with the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Fox-IT Forensics as well forensics and intelligence agencies. In e-discovery, digital information (e-mails, discussion forums) is mined to find answers to questions such as “Who knew what, at which time, and from whom?” Within the project, two PhD students will be employed.Continue reading
Shimon Whiteson and Maarten de Rijke have been awarded an NWO Free Competition grant for a project entitled “Modeling and Learning from Implicit Feedback in Information Retrieval”. The project aims to develop new machine learning methods for understanding implicit feedback, such as click behavior, obtained from users of social networking sites. This understanding will be leveraged to develop new reinforcement learning methods that optimize the performance of search engines for such social networking sites.Continue reading
ICWSM 2012 will feature a workshop on real-time analysis and mining of social streams. The workshop aims to bring together experts in real-time analysis and mining of social streams and to further develop and exchange knowledge around these tasks. More details will become available on the ICWSM 2012 site.Continue reading