Research at ILPS is focused on technology that connects people to information: search engines, recommender systems, and conversational agents. We are organized in four labs.

Two PhD Students for the “Semantic search in E-discovery”-project

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.

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NWO Free Competition Grant

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.

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Center for Creation, Content and Technology (CCCT) Seminar

Friday, 17 February 2012, 16.00-17.00 (followed by drinks), Science Park, room A.104.

Under the CCCT umbrella, researchers from the humanities, the social and behavioral sciences, and the natural sciences collaborate in a multidisciplinary setting on information-rich research topics. CCCT is organizing a bi-monthly seminar in which one of the three faculties hosts speakers from the other two to report on research activities that are of shared interest.

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Language engineering for online reputation management

LREC 2012 will feature a workshop on language engineering for online reputation management. The aim is to bring together the language engineering community with representatives from the online reputation management industry, with the goal of establishing a five-year roadmap on the topic plus a description of the language technologies required to get there in terms of resources, algorithms and applications. More details …

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Anne Schuth ILPS Most Valuable Player 2011

Anne Schuth has won the ILPS Most Valuable Player award for 2011. 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. Group members praised Anne for his helpfulness, often pro-actively, in terms of setting up and maintaining the research infrastructure, general problem solving and staging social activities.

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