People

Jelle Zuidema

Willem Zuidema (a.k.a. Jelle) is an associate professor in Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) of the University of Amsterdam and research fellow of the national Language In Interaction consortium. Before joining ILLC in 2004, he worked at the University of Edinburgh (2002-2004), where he completed his PhD thesis on “The Major Transitions in the Evolution of Language”. He also worked at Sony Computer Science Laboratory - Paris (2000), the AI lab of the Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, (2000-2002), and in the Behavioural Biology group at Leiden University (2007-2008).

Tom Lentz

Tom Lentz is a computational phonologist. He teaches in the bachelor programs 'Cognition, Language and Communication' and 'Artificial Intelligence'.

Lisa Beinborn

Lisa Beinborn completed her dissertation on educational natural language processing for language learning at the department of computer science in Darmstadt. She received her master’s degree in computational linguistics in Saarbrücken and her interdisciplinary profile has been further influenced by studies in Barcelona, Bolzano, Hamburg, Frankfurt and Trento. Her current research interests are focused on cognitively plausible language processing including multimodal and multilingual aspects.

Dieuwke Hupkes

Dieuwke Hupkes has a background in Physics, Logic and Computational Linguistics. In her PhD she works with artificial neural network models for semantic parsing. Despite the differences between artificial and biological neural networks, she hopes that investigating how artificial systems encode linguistic processes can help understanding how language is implemented in the brain.

Samira Abnar

Samira Abnar obtained her Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Tehran. Her main interest lies in the field of Cognitive Modeling. During her PhD, she investigates biologically plausible neural network models which simulate how humans learn and develop language.

Bas Cornelissen

Bas Cornelissen got interested in the interaction between cognition and language during his graduate studies in Logic. In his PhD, he investigates probabilisitc models of language evolution. His aim is to address the intruiging question, by which mechanisms human cognition shapes language evolution, while at the same time language appears to be a prerequesite to many cognitive processes.

Matthijs Mul

Matthijs Mul is a graduate student in Artificial Intelligence and Logic. For his master’s thesis he works on computational models that recognize logical relations between pairs of sentences.

Frequent collaborators

Raquel Alhama

Raquel Alhama completed her PhD in our lab in 2017 with a focus on Artificial Grammar Learning. Today, she is a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen.

Raquel Fernandez

Raquel Fernandez is an associate professor and the head of the Dialogue Modelling Group at the ILLC. She researches computational semantics and pragmatics with a special focus on linguistic interaction.

Ivan Titov

Ivan Titov is an associate professor at the University of Edinburgh and affiliated with the ILLC . His research focuses on Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning.

Tejaswini Deoskar

Tejaswini Deoskar is an assistant professor at Utrecht University, investigating probabilistic language models. In particular, she focuses on semi-supervised language learning techniques.

Henkjan Honing

Henkjan Honing leads the Music Cognition Group at the University of Amsterdam. His research aims to identify the cognitive and biological mechanisms underlying musicality, as well as the commonalities and differences in the processing of music and language.

Former members

Peter Dekker studied Artificial Intelligence in Utrecht and Amsterdam. In his Master's thesis at the CLC lab, Peter investigated the possibilities to use neural networks to reconstruct the ancestry of languages. He currently works as a software developer at the Dutch Language Institute.
Phong Le completed his PhD in our lab and is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh, applying deep learning to natural language processing tasks.
Marieke Woensdregt is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Using agent-based models, she explores the hypothesis that language and theory of mind have co-evolved.
Katja Abramova is a PhD student at Radbound University in Nijmegen, investigating human language evolution from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Vanessa Ferdinand works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Santa Fe Institute, where she combes psychological experiments and computational modeling to examines cultural evolution.
Jonathan Mallison is a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, working on automatic text generation, focusing on paraphrasing and sentence compression.
Frederico Sangati works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh, focusing on Natural Language Processing, in particular on dependency and constituency parsing.
Willemijn Woerkum works as Data Scientist and Consumer Psychologist at bunq in Amsterdam.
Stijn wrote his master’s thesis in our lab and today works as Data Scientist at Xomnia in Amsterdam.
Kasper Kok completed a PhD at the Vrije University Amsterdam and now works as Data Scientists at Decos Information Solutions.