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.

Fully funded PhD position in reinforcement learning for information retrieval

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.

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KNAW Computational Humanities Grant

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.

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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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