Monthly Archives: June 2017

Call for VU University Research Fellow 2017-2018

Apply for University Research Fellow 2017-2018
Deadline Friday 30 June 2017

Who makes our robots talk?

Who takes up this challenge and the exciting opportunity to work in an inspiring research group that is among the best in the world in the area of natural language understanding?

Spinoza prize winner Prof. dr. Piek Vossen has the honour to invite you to apply for the position of University Research Fellow for the academic year 2017-2018. As a University Research Fellow, you work for one year one day a week on a prestigious research project within the research group of Prof. Vossen: the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL).Call for VU University Research Fellow 2017-2018Humanoid robots: Pepper by Aldebaran Robotics and SoftBank, and NAO by Aldebaran Robotics.

We recently bought a robot and now want to you to plug in our natural language processing technology so that the robot can respond to people in an intelligent way. If you are a wise girl or wise guy and you are interested in Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing and robotics, then you are the perfect candidate to turn our robots into wise bots.

You will work with a real Pepper or NAO robot. The programming environment is Choregraphe and some programming skills in Python are recommended.

As an URF, you will have the chance to publish a paper and attend a conference. It is also an honorable position that looks great on your CV. You will work with PhD students and PostDocs that do exciting work in the area of natural language understanding. There is an opportunity to present a talking robot at the Weekend of Science (“Weekend van de Wetenschap”) to a general audience and basic school kids in October and your robot can be present with you at the opening of the new Computer Science building in 2018.

When you win the prize your activities will be funded for one day a week for one year starting September 2017.

Piek Vossen appointed Pia Sommerauer as VU Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.Piek Vossen appointed Pia Sommerauer as VU Fellow for the 2016-2017 academic year.

If you are interested, send an email to Selene Kolman by Friday 30 June 2017, listing:

— a brief motivation
— your interests and ideas related to Natural Language Processing and robotics
— your (Python) programming skills
— your undergraduate degree
— the master courses you have taken and intend to take
— your list of grades

For more information visit websites below or contact:
Prof. dr. Piek Vossen
Selene Kolman

Further information on VU University Research Fellowship (URF)

Prof. dr. Piek Vossen

Professor Computational Lexicology
Language, Literature and Communication
Faculty of Humanities, VU University
de Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

VU University Research Fellow 2015-2016 Soufyan BelkaidPiek Vossen appointed Soufyan Belkaid as VU Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Piek Vossen appointed Chantal van Son as VU University Research Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic yearPiek Vossen appointed Chantal van Son as VU Fellow for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Controversy in Web Data — ADS Coffee & Data

ADS Coffee & Data: Controversy in Web Data
by Amsterdam Data Science
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Date: Friday 09 June
Time: 0900-1100

Location: VU Amsterdam, HG-16A00 Kerkzaal, 16th floor main building VU
De Boelelaan, Amsterdam, Nederland

Overview: This edition of the ADS meetup will focus on the topic of “How to deal with controversy, bias, quality and opinions on the Web” and will be organised in the context of the COMMIT/ ControCurator project, in which VU and UvA computer scientists and humanities researchers investigate jointly the computational modeling of controversial issues on the Web, and explore its application within real use cases in existing organisational pipelines, e.g. Crowdynews and Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision.
09:00-09:10 Coffee

Introduction & Chair by Lora Aroyo, Full Professor at the Web & Media group, VU Computer Science

09:10-9:20: Kaspar Beelen – Detecting Controversies in Online News Media (UvA, Faculty of Humanities)

09:20-09:30: Benjamin Timmermans – Understanding Controversy Using Collective Intelligence (VU, Computer Science)

09:30-09:45: Gerben van Eerten – Crowdynews deploying ControCurator

09:45-10:00: Davide Ceolin – (VU, Computer Science)

10:00-10:15: Damian Trilling – (UvA, Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences)

10:15-10:30: Daan Oodijk (Blendle)

10:30-10:45: Andy Tanenbaum – “Skewing the data”

10:45-11:00: Q&A Coffee

Registration & further information: