JOB POSITION @CLTL: ASSISTANT PROFESSOR COMPUTATIONAL LEXICOLOGY

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR COMPUTATIONAL LEXICOLOGY

Do you have a background in computational linguistics and/or text mining? Do you enjoy teaching and are you interested in research where Natural Language Processing (NLP) is applied in various domains? Would you like to work in an enthusiast, multidisciplinary team of NLP researchers? Please apply at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Assistant Professor
4 year tenure track
Location: AMSTERDAM
FTE: 0.8 – 0,8

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL) is looking for a dedicated academic to strengthen our research on developing NLP systems for interdisciplinary research and to support our team in designing and teaching in a new master in the area of Text Mining, which is unique in the Netherlands. Research carried out as part of this position will be integrated in the ambitious NWO-CLARIAH project that develops a research infrastructure for humanities research.

Your duties

  • course design and teaching in the new text mining master
  • research in Natural Language Processing technology, integrated in a research ecosystem  for the humanities (as part of the NWO-CLARIAH project)

REQUIREMENTS

  • PhD in computational linguistics or a PhD in computer science with specialization in computational linguistics
  • strong background in machine learning
  • knowledge of and experience with text mining
  • excellent teaching skills
  • solid publication record

WHAT ARE WE OFFERING?

A challenging position in a socially involved organization. On full-time basis the remuneration amounts to a minimum gross monthly salary of €3,637 (scale 11)
and a maximum €4,978 (scale 11), depending on your education and experience. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment tenure contract will affect a period of 4 years, with the possibility of extension in case the text mining master is successful and upon positive evaluation of the candidate after 3 years.

Additionally, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers excellent fringe benefits and various schemes and regulations to promote a good work/life balance, such as:

  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • 8% holiday allowance and 8.3% end-of-year bonus
  • solid pension scheme (ABP)
  • 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’, ‘Dutch FrameNet’ and ‘Make Robots Talk‘.

More information about the team, the project and our teaching can be found on our website: http://cltl.nl

APPLICATION

Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 15 September 2019.

The job interviews are planned end of September, 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: Full professor
E-mail: piek.vossen@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 20 59 86457

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Job area: Assistant Professor
Educational Level:PhD
VU unit: Faculty of  Humanities
Minimum FTE: 0.8
Contract type: Temporary with prospects of permanent employment
Minimum salary scale: €3,637 (scale 11)
Maximum salary scale :€4,978 (scale 11)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Project meeting Dutch FrameNet at 11-7-2019

On the 11th of July 2019, we held the second meeting of the Open Dutch FrameNet project. In attendance were Piek Vossen, Johan Bos, Antske Fokkens, Filip Ilievski, Tommaso Caselli, Malvina Nissim, and Marten Postma. 

The meeting was held at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. The core item of the meeting was the pilot data, which was created before the meeting and processed by both research groups.

Interested? You can read more about the meeting at:

Project meeting 11-7-2019

PhD position in NWO project ‘Framing Situations in the Dutch language’ (closing June 20th, 2019)

PHD POSITION IN NWO PROJECT ‘FRAMING SITUATIONS IN THE DUTCH LANGUAGE’

The official website of the job add is this one, which should be used to apply.

Location: AMSTERDAM
FTE: 4 years 1.0 FTE or 5 years 0.8 FTEJob description
Language plays a central role in framing, as we choose which nouns and verbs describe or frame, a given situation. For some languages, researchers created databases (called FrameNets) containing rich collections of conceptual schemas (frames) that describe situations from a particular perspective. These frames are connected to words and sentences that express them. Several lexical resources exist for Dutch, but no FrameNet. Moreover, we have limited knowledge of the variation of framing in Dutch and how this compares to other languages. The project’s objectives are 1) to create a unique data set where similar situations are framed by many different sources and texts using a newly developed data-to-text method, 2) to capture the variation in framing these situations in Dutch and other languages, 3) to capture semantic-pragmatic factors underlying the usage of different frames for similar situations, and 4) to develop semantic frame and role annotation software.
    The PhD will work on subproject 1 Framing similar situations in Dutch. Language is extremely rich when it comes to providing framing expressions, but how rich is the Dutch language and when do we use what expression? These are the research questions addressed by the PhD. The PhD will analyze both the lexical competence and performance of framing situations in Dutch across a variety of genres and for a set of domains. This analysis will not only capture the vocabulary and frame relations specific for the domains but also address the pragmatic implicatures of using these frames in specific contexts.
    To be able to include such contextual factors the PhD will use the situation-grounded texts collected by the PostDoc following the data-to-text approach (Vossen et al. 2018a,b). This collection of texts will exhibit a considerable variety of framing in relation to a predefined set of semantic-conceptual frames relevant to human-registered incidents, such as calamities (violence, health, accidents, weather incidents), crime, sports and economy (sales, acquisitions, labor-conflicts, employment, product releases).

Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen coordinates the project and the PhD will also collaborate with Antske Fokkens (Assistant Professor) and Marten Postma (PostDoc) and the research staff at CLTL. Besides, the PhD will collaborate with the University of Groningen (under the direction of Prof. Dr. Johan Bos).

References
-Piek Vossen, Filip Ilievski, Marten Postma, and Roxane Segers. 2018a. Don’t Annotate, but Validate: a Data-to-Text Method for Capturing Event Data. In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018). European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Miyazaki, Japan. https://www.aclweb.org/anthology/L18-1480
-Piek Vossen, Antske Fokkens, Isa Maks, and Chantal van Son. 2018b. Towards an Open Dutch FrameNet lexicon and corpus. In Proceedings of the 11th
International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018). European
Language Resources Association (ELRA), Miyazaki, Japan. http://lrec-conf.org/workshops/lrec2018/W5/pdf/book_of_proceedings.pdf

Your duties

  • investigate the variation in framing similar situations.
  • test lexical pragmatic hypotheses in relation to framing
  • work on the synthesis of the project in collaboration with the Multilingual FrameNet project of Berkeley University.

Requirements

  • a Masters degree (MA or MSc) in computational linguistics or linguistics with computational skills
  • good knowledge and control of the Dutch and English language
  • a deep interest in the semantic and pragmatic aspects of language
  • programming skills (preferably Python)
  • can work well in a team
  • preferably knowledge/experience of/with FrameNet
  • preferably knowledge and experience in lexicology and corpus linguistics

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 gross per month during the first year and increases to €2,972 gross per month during the fourth year, based on full-time employment. The job profile: is based on the university job ranking system and is vacant for at least 0.8 FTE.

The initial employment contract will affect a period of 1 year. After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, the contract will be extended for another 3 years.

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
  • a maximum of 41 days of annual leave based on full-time employment
  • contribution to commuting expenses

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 23,000 students. We employ more than 4,500 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.
 
Application
Are you interested in this position? Please apply via the application button and upload your curriculum vitae and cover letter until 20 June 2019. The job interviews are planned for  3 and 5 July 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: Prof. dr. P.TH.J.M. (Piek) Vossen
Position: professor
E-mail: piek.vossen@vu.nl
Telephone: +31 (0)20 59 86457

No agencies

Call for Papers REPROLANG2020

Call for Papers for special workshop/session at LREC2020: Shared Task on the Reproduction of Research Results in Science and Technology of Language: REPROLANG 2020.

May 13-15, 2020
Marseille, France
Collocated with LREC2020– 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference

Steering Committee

 

 

 

 

 

Invited talks and stand with Leolani @ Zorgtotaal 2019, vakbeurs voor betere zorg (March 13-14, 2019)

Op Zorgtotaal 2019, de vakbeurs voor betere zorg, die plaatsvindt van 12 – 14 maart 2019 in de Jaarbeurs Utrecht, geeft Piek Vossen samen met zijn robot Leolani twee invited lezingen over “Communicatieve robots in de zorg”. 

Onze communicatieve robot Leolani wordt gedreven door nieuwsgierigheid en de behoefte aan sociaal contact. Maak kennis met haar en wordt een van haar vele vrienden. Ze vraagt het hemd van je lijf, onthoud alles wat jij zegt en leert van jou over de wereld. Onze robot leert door communicatie en slaat alles op in haar brein. Ze gebuikt haar brein om beter te communiceren en de situaties beter te begrijpen. Uiteindelijk willen wij een robot maken die de communicatie aanpast aan de situatie en aan jou, zodat het soepel en efficient verloopt en er minder misgaat. Een communicatieve robot is breed inzetbaar in de zorg als monitor, gezelschap, trainer (geestelijk en lichamelijk) en sociale activator.
Verder zal Vossen beide dagen met Lenka Bajčetić , Suzana Bašić , Bram Kraaijeveld (robot developers van het Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab (CLTL)  aanwezig zijn op de beurs om in gesprek gaan met de bezoekers.
Wil je deze sessies en de beurs gratis bijwonen? Meld je dan hier aan:
  1. Voor woensdag 13 maart 2019 om 15.30: klik HIER om aan te melden 
  2. Voor donderdag 14 maart 2019 om 12.30: klik HIER om aan te melden 
 
 

 

 

 

Accepted Papers and Workshop @ COLING 2018, New Mexico, USA

Accepted Papers @ the International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2018), Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA,  August 20-25, 2018:

  • Measuring the Diversity of Automatic Image Descriptions – Emiel van Miltenburg, Desmond Elliott and Piek Vossen.
  • Systematic Study of Long Tail Phenomena in Entity Linking – Filip Ilievski, Piek Vossen and Stefan Schlobach.
  • A Deep Dive into Word Sense Disambiguation with LSTM – Minh Le, Marten Postma, Jacopo Urbani and Piek Vossen.
  • Scoring and Classifying Implicit Positive Interpretations: A Challenge of Class Imbalance – Chantal van Son, Roser Morante, Lora Aroyo and Piek Vossen.
  • DIDEC: The Dutch Image Description and Eye-tracking Corpus – Emiel van Miltenburg, Ákos Kádár, Ruud Koolen and Emiel Krahmer

Vacancy @CLTL: Postdoc Researcher NWO project “Framing situations in the Dutch language” (closing Sept. 1, 2018)

Job position: PostDoc Researcher

Fte: 0.8 fte, 4 years (expandable to a full time position with an educational task for the Research Master track Human Language Technology)

Vacancy number : 18254

VU unit: Faculty of Humanities, VU University Amsterdam

Closing date: September 1, 2018

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a leading, innovative and growing university that is at the heart of society and actively contributes to new developments in teaching and research. Our university has ten faculties which span a wide range of disciplines, as well as several institutes, foundations, research centres, and support services. Its campus is located in the fastest-growing economic region in the Netherlands (the Zuidas district of Amsterdam), and provides work for over 4,500 staff and scientific education for more than 23,000 students.

The work is carried out at the Computational Lexicology and Terminology Lab (CLTL), which is led by the Spinozalaureate Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen. CLTL is a renowned research group that studies language understanding, generation and interaction through computer models, based on latest technologies, such as neural networks and (un)supervised data approaches, in combination with symbolic knowledge resources, such as computational lexicons and linked-open data repositories. CLTL also runs the Research Master track Human Language Technology, which attracts many international students. More information on the research projects and the master program can be found at the website: www.cltl.nl.

CLTL is part of the Network Institute (http://networkinstitute.org): an interfacultary research institute in which more than 200 researchers from different disciplines collaborate. CLTL has strong ties with the Faculty of Computer Science and Social Sciences at the VU University, through joined projects, PhDs and education programs. Furthermore, CLTL has a long tradition of collaboration both nationally and internationally with research groups at other universities and companies. In this project, we will specifically collaborate with Prof. Dr. Johan Bos from the University of Groningen and Prof. Dr. Collin Baker from Berkeley University.

The PostDoc will work on the NWO project Framing situations in the Dutch language. Language plays a central role in framing, as we daily choose which nouns and verbs describe or frame, a given situation. For some languages, researchers created databases (called FrameNets) containing rich collections of conceptual schemas (frames) that describe situations from a certain perspective. These frames are connected to words and sentences that express them. Several lexical resources exist for Dutch, but no FrameNet. Moreover, we have limited knowledge of the variation of framing in Dutch and how this compares to other languages. The project’s objectives are 1) to create a unique data set where similar situations are framed by many different sources and texts using a newly developed data-to-text method, 2) to capture the variation in framing these situations in Dutch and other languages, 3) to capture semantic-pragmatic factors underlying the usage of different frames for similar situations, and 4) to develop semantic frame and role annotation software. An additional concrete outcome of this project is a Dutch FrameNet contributing to the renowned Berkeley Multilingual FrameNet project, which assesses the cross-linguistic validity of frames and investigates crosslinguistic variation in framing. The insights, resources and technologies created by this project provide new possibilities for (industrial) data analysts and researchers from the Humanities and Social Sciences. The project is coordinated by

Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen and the PostDoc will collaborate with two PhDs (to be hired) and the research staff at CLTL and the University of Groningen.

Tasks

– Further develop and apply the data-to-text method to collect Dutch, English, and Italian texts that frame the same and similar situations, starting from event-registries and structured data on events and automaticallyacquiring texts that make reference to these events.
– Develop an annotation environment that exploits the structured event data shared by different texts, uses the background FrameNet lexicon and ontology and results in faster and more consistent annotation.
– Train and supervise student-assistents that will carry out the annotation with the environment.
– Define crowd-annotation tasks to expand the student annotations.
– Derive a FrameNet lexicon supported by and as an abstraction of the corpus annotations; deploy this lexicon for supporting further annotations.
– Set up an evaluation framework to test the annotation and the lexicon in acquisition, annotation and lexicalisation cycles.
– Co-supervise one PhD in the project.
– Work on the synthesis of the project in colloboration with the Multilingual FrameNet project of Berkeley University.

Requirements: The ideal candidate:

1. has a PhD in (computational) linguistics or computer science
2. has good knowledge and control of the Dutch language and English, preferably also Italian.
3. has a strong computational linguistics background or a computer science background with experience in natural language processing and machine learning
4. has good programming skills
5. can work well in a team
6. preferably has knowledge/experience of/with FrameNet
7. preferably has knowledge and experience in lexicology

Further particulars:

The position is possibly expanded to a full time position with an educational task for the Research Master track Human Language Technology. We aim at starting the project between September 2018 and January 2019. The appointment will be initially for 1 year After satisfactory evaluation of the initial appointment, it can be extended for a total duration of 4 years.

You can find information about our excellent fringe benefits of employment at www.workingatvu.nl like:

• remuneration of 8,3% end-of-year bonus and 8% holiday allowance
• solid pension scheme (ABP);
• a minimum of 29 holidays in case of full-time employment;
• participation in Individual Choices model;
• a wide range of sports facilities which staff may use at a modest charge.

Salary:

The starting salary will be in accordance with university regulations for academic personnel, and depending on experience, range from a minimum of €3238,- gross per month up to a maximum of €3475,- gross per month (salary scale 10) based on a fulltime employment.

For additional informationplease contact:

Piek Vossen phone: +31 20 59 86457
e-mail: piek.vossen@vu.nl
website: cltl.nl

Application

Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a curriculum vitae and one or two references (name(s) and e-mail address(es). Please send your application before August 15 to:

Prof. Dr. Piek Vossen
Faculty of Humanities
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Applications should be send by email: piek.vossen@vu.nl
Please mention the vacancy number in the e-mail header.

Any other correspondence in response to this advertisement will not be dealt with.