PhD Position on LANGUAGE MODELS FOR NEWS RECOMMENDATION @CLTL

Are you highly motivated and enthusiastic with expertise in computational linguistics? Are you interested in news recommendation systems and how to improve them by making their suggestions more divers? Would you like to investigate language models that can establish similarity and diversity and see how they can be used best in an interdisciplinary team?  Then please consider applying for this position.

Rethinking News Algorithms

In this project, an interdisciplinary team consisting of experts from Law, Computational Linguistics, Computer Science and Communication Science will study how recommendations and presentation choices can optimize the diversity of consumed news. Will you help us fix the way news is spread in the 21st century?

Specifically, in this project you will work on applying NLP technologies that can identify similarities and differences between news articles.

See http://ccs.amsterdam/projects/rethinking-news-algorithms/ for more details on the project. When contacting us with questions (see below for contacting details), please name the project in the subject of your email.

Where current algorithms mainly aim for finding things that are similar to prior consumption, we envision algorithms that optimize between sufficient diversity to keep users well informed and sufficient similarity so that the user is triggered to read (and be satisfied with) the offer. Together with law (ethics) and communication science experts, you will dive various dimensions of diversity (ranging from a different view on a specific event or political decision to diversity in topics in general) and aim to design language models that can identify articles that strike the desired balance between diversity and connection.

Your duties

  • conduct reproducible computational linguistic experiments on language models for diversifying recommendation systems
  • write research articles and present your work, which is to culminate in a successful dissertation, at international conferences 
  • collaborate with the other junior and senior researchers on the team experience in or affinity with working in an interdisciplinary team
  • organize small events such as workshops and colloquia

REQUIREMENTS

  • master degree in computational linguistics or a related field (e.g. Artificial Intelligence or Computer Science with focus on NLP)
  • solid programming skills
  • experience in or affinity with working in an interdisciplinary team
  • fluent verbal communication and good writing skills in English
  • knowledge of Dutch is an advantage (but not strictly necessary) 

WHAT ARE WE OFFERING?

The research will be carried in a great interdisciplinary team containing experts from computational linguistics, philosophy, law, computer science and communication science. You will become part of a renown computational linguistics lab (www.cltl.nl), headed by Spinoza laureat Prof. dr. Piek Vossen. The lab is embedded in the gravity project Hybrid Intelligence offering plenty of opportunity to collaborate with reseachers of various universities across the Netherlands on fundamental aspects around collaborate, adaptive, responsible and explainable AI. In this context, you will receive joint supervision by dr. Antske Fokkens (VU) and dr. Suzan Verberne (Leiden University).

For more information on employment conditions, please visit the advertisement on the VU-site

APPLICATION

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button on the VU-site and upload

  • your curriculum vitae (including code repository, if available)
  • academic transcripts (including grades)
  • a cover letter with motivation for your application 

until June 1, 2020.

The job interviews are currently planned to take place in the second half of June 2020, most likely they will take place online.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: dr. Antske Fokkens
Position: Associate Professor
E-mail: antske.fokkens@vu.nl

Please mention `news recommender project’ explicitly in the subject line of your email when asking questions about this position

PhD Position ROBOT COMMUNICATION EVOKING AFFECTIVE BONDING @CLTL

If you want to take on this challenge and be part of an exciting team working as a PhD on the Theory of Identity, Reference & Perspective (TIRP) on the forefront of communicating machines, please apply at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

ALANI: ALICE MEETS LEOLANI

You will build and investigate computational robot models that dynamically personalise communication to make it more efficient and to improve affective bonding of people with robots.

PHD POSITION Subproject-2:  Robot Communication evoking Affective Bonding: PhD2 investigates through quantitative tests and refining the Theory of Identity, Reference and Perspective (TIRP) with robots across various scenarios, combining Big Data models with optimization of personalized data obtained through relation-based language models.

YOUR DUTIES

  • create and test adaptive communication models for robots within social contexts
  • carry out your research according to international standards resulting in a PhD dissertation 
  • at least one publication per year in an A or B ranked journal or conference proceedings
  • make your research and experiments publicly available and reproducible.

REQUIREMENTS

  • master degree in (Computational) Linguistics, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence
  • knowledge of and experience with programming in Python
  • knowledge of and experience with Natural Language Processing

The research is embedded in the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (http://cltl.nl), which is one of the world’s leading research groups in Human Language technology. Prof. dr. Piek Vossen, recipient of the NWO Spinoza Prize, heads the group of international researchers that are working on ground-breaking projects, among which the Spinoza project ‘Understanding Language by Machines: http://www.understandinglanguagebymachines.org. Within that framework several PhDs are working on the Leolani project, with which the PhD will also collaborate: http://makerobotstalk.nl.

Finally, CLTL and the research you are involved in is also embedded in the VU-gravity project on Hybrid Intelligence: https://www.hybrid-intelligence-centre.nl. You will collaborate with many researchers on key notions such as collaborative, explainable, adaptable and responsible AI. 

APPLICATION: 

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button at the VU-site and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 1 May 2020.

Location: AMSTERDAM
FTE: 0.8 – 1
JOB DESCRIPTION

 

NWO-Proposal GRANTED: Alice meets Leolani (ALANI)

Fantastic news: our grant proposal of  “‘Communicating with and Relating to Social Robots: Alice Meets Leolani’ (ALANI) was granted (€ 749,994,- ) by NWO Open Competitie voor Digitalisering SGW 2019 !!

See: http://makerobotstalk.nl/research/alani/

Main applicant:

  • Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/Faculty of Humanities/Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab (CLTL)

Co-applicants:

  • Prof. dr. Elly Konijn – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam/Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Prof. dr. Johan Hoorn – The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam – Faculty Faculties of Design/ Computer Sciences / Social Sciences
  • To be hired: 2 PhD’s and 1 Postdoc and 1 Research Assistant

CLTL organizing a Meet & Greet HLT/Text Mining master students and more than 20 companies Dec. 13, 2019

MEET & GREET Human Language Technology / Text Mining / CLTL / December 13, 2019

The Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL) of Piek Vossen of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is organising a Meet & Greet where companies and students of our Language Technology Research Master and our Text Mining Master can exchange ideas and get to know each other.

An excellent opportunity to introduce the company or organisation to our students, and for master students to present their research topic or area of expertise to the companies.

PROGRAM

12:30 – 13:00 Walk-In / Doors open / Registration & Coffee
13:00 – 13:05 Introduction: Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen – Head CLTL
13:05 – 13:45 Company pitches I
13:45 – 14:15 Student pitches I
14:15 – 14:30 Coffee Break
14:30 – 15:15 Company pitches II
15:15 – 15:45 Student pitches II
15:45 – 16:00 Coffee Break
16:00 – 16:45 Company pitches III
16:45 – 18:00 Networking drinks

The one-year Master Text Mining and the two-year Research Master Human Language Technology are programs by CLTL, one of the world’s leading research institutes in Human Language technology.

PROGRAM PITCHES

13:05 – 13:45 Company pitches I:

  • ABN AMRO, Jeroen Das: Product Owner
  • CLOUDFLIGHT (vh Catalysts), Clemens Rath: Location Manager Amsterdam
  • BUNQ BANK, Art Koci: Data Scientist
  • NETHERLANDS ESCIENCE CENTER, Dafne van Kuppevelt: eScience Research Engineer
  • STATISTICS NETHERLANDS (CBS), Arnout van Delden: Programmacoördinator Data Science
  • DELOITTE NEDERLAND, Evert Haasdijk: Senior Manager and AI Expert
  • AMSTERDAM UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTERS (AUMC), location VUmc, Edwin Geleijn: Health Care Innovator

13:45 – 14:15 Student pitches I:

14:30 – 16:15 Company pitches II:

  • DE NEDERLANDSCHE BANK (DNB): Shirley Pfeiffer: Project Coordinator AI
  • PATYNA: Reinier Hakvoort: Adviseur HT / Informatiemanager
  • ING GROEP NV: Flavia Barsotti: Collaboration with Academia / Model Risk Oversight
  • NATIONAL LIBRARY OF THE NETHERLANDS(Koninklijke Bibliotheek), Martijn Kleppe: Advisor Digital Scholarship and InternationalRelations
  • MEDIQUEST / TIMEFF, Daniel Kapitan: Chief Data Scientist
  • MYTOMORROWS, Zoltán Szlávik: AI Research Director
  • SPEAKSEE, Jari Hazelebach: CEO & Co-Founder

15:15 – 15:45 Student pitchesII:

16:00– 16.45 Company pitches III:

  • UNDERLINED, Max Werkhoven: Customer Journey Analytics Consultant
  • TEXTGAIN, Gijs van Beek: Societal & Business Innovator
  • IBM, Benjamin Timmermans: Lead IBM Center for Advanced Studies Benelux
  • TAUS, Amir Kamran: Senior Data Engineer
  • ORACLE, Fabrice Nauze: Senior Manager
  • REDDATA, Marcel Henriquez (Managing Director)

ALSO PRESENT

  • CLTL: all staff members
  • ABN AMRO: Karan Chhabra (Technical Lead) + Yassine Karimi (Data Scientist) + Loes Horselenberg (UX Designer) + Willem Don (Copywriter)
  • CLOUDFLIGHT: Milly Muschitiello (Talent Manager and HR operations) + Manuel Knott (Data Science Engineer)
  • BUNQ BANK: Daniela Zamora Uribe (Data Scientist) +Evgeny Mironov (Team Lead)
  • NETHERLANDS ESCIENCE CENTER: Willem van Hage (Technical Lead) + Meiert Grootes (eScience Research Engineer)
  • STATISTICS NETHERLANDS (CBS): Bart Bakker (Programme manager CBS Academy)
  • DELOITTE NEDERLAND B.V: Wesley van Saane (Manager, Deloitte Forensic & Financial Crime)
  • DE NEDERLANDSCHE BANK (DNB): Wessel Reijngoud (Innovation Lab Intern)
  • PATYNA: Femke de Jong (Global Head Wholesale Banking Lending & PCM)
  • ING GROEP NV: Marcel van der Kuil (Collaboration with Academia / Model Risk Oversight)  + Marzieh Bakhshandeh
  • MYTOMORROWS: Robert-Jan Sips (CTO) + Selene Baez Santamaria (Data Scientist/Developer)
  • UNDERLINED: Theo van der Steen (Partner & Data Driven CX Expert)
  • TAUS: Jaap van der Meer (Director) + Dace Dzeguze (Program Manager)
  • ORACLE: Agata Cybulska (Senior Applications Engineer)
  • TOTTA RESEARCH: Erick Wilts (Data Scientist)
  • Tim Barenbrug (Consultant NLP)

LOCATION

 

Friday December 13, 2019
Main Building: conference room: HG-12A00
Vrije Universiteit
De Boelelaan 1105 
1081 HV Amsterdam 

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TWO PHD POSITIONS for MAKING ROBOTS TALK AND THINK @ our LAB

Piek Vossen & Leolani, VU Amsterdam. Fotocredit: Daan Muller.

Make robots talk! There is a lot of talk about robots taking part in our lives but there is little known about how to learn robots talk to us about the world we share. The Spinoza-project Understanding-Language-By-Machines looks for two ambitious, highly-motivated PhD students that want to work on our robot project Leolani. Leolani uses communication to learn about us and the world but she also needs to learn our language at the same time. Communicating and reasoning over the physical world and the people she encounters is a real challenge.

If you want to take on this challenge and be part of an exciting team working on the forefront of communicating machines, please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Location: AMSTERDAM
PhD
FTE: 0.8 – 1.0

JOB DESCRIPTION

You will define your own research topic within the Leolaniframework and become part of the team of researchers that further develops the platform. Your topic may focus on the reasoning and the communication, taking a language understanding or a language generation perspective.

Your duties

  • Define your research topic within the framework
  • Carry out your research according to international standards
  • Publish at least one article per year in an A or B ranked journal or conference proceedings
  • Make your research and experiments publicly available and reproducible

REQUIREMENTS

  • Masters degree in (Computational) Linguistics, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence
  • Knowledge of and experience with programming in Python
  • Knowledge of and experience with Natural Language Processing

WHAT ARE WE OFFERING?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. The salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel and amounts €2,325 (PhD) per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 (PhD) per month during the fourth year, based on a full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The appointment will initially be for 1 year. After a satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for a duration of 4 years (or 5 years in case of a 0.8fte contract). Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus,
  • contribution to commuting expenses,
  • optional model for designing a personalized benefits package,
  • a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

ABOUT VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM

The ambition of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is clear: to contribute to a better world through outstanding education and ground-breaking research. And to be a university where personal education and societal involvement play a leading role. Where people from different disciplines and backgrounds work together on innovations and on generating new knowledge. Our teaching and research embrace the whole spectrum of science – from the humanities, the social sciences and the pure sciences through to the life sciences and the medical sciences.

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is home to more than 24,500 students. We employ more than 4,600 individuals. The VU campus is easily accessible, located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Zuidas district, a truly inspiring environment for teaching and research.

Diversity
Diversity is one of our university’s core values. We are an inclusive community, and we believe that diversity and international activities enhance the quality of education and research. We are always looking for people who can enhance diversity on our campus thanks to their background and experience.

Faculty of Humanities
The Faculty of Humanities links a number of fields of study: Language, Literature and Communication, Art & Culture, History, Antiquities and Philosophy. Our teaching and research focus on current societal and scientific themes: from artificial intelligence to visual culture, from urbanization to the history of slavery, from ‘fake news’ in journalism to communication in organizations. We strive to ensure small group sizes. Innovative education and interdisciplinary research are our hallmarks.

Working at the Faculty of Humanities means making a real contribution to the quality of leading education and research in an inspiring and personal work and study climate. We employ more than 250 staff members, and we are home to around 1,300 students.
 

About the department, institute, project
The Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab(CLTL) is one of the world’s leading research groups in Human Language technology. Prof. dr. Piek Vossen, recipient of the NWO Spinoza Prize, heads the group of international researchers that are working on ground-breaking projects, among which the Spinoza project ‘Understanding Language by Machines’. 

CLTL and the research you are involved in is also embedded in the VU-gravity project on Hybrid Intellegence. You will collaborate with many researchers on key notions such as collaborative, explainable, adaptable and responsible AI. 

APPLICATION

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 07/11/2019, 23:59.  In your application letter, describe breifly your ideas about the research you want to do and the methods you are going to use.

The job interviews are planned for December 2019, when possible please take them into account when applying for the position.

Applications received by e-mail will not be processed.

Vacancy questions
If you have any questions regarding this vacancy, you may contact:

Name: Piek Vossen
Position: Professor
E-mail: piek.vossen@vu.nl