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 is a computational phonologist. He teaches in the bachelor programs 'Cognition, Language and Communication' and 'Artificial Intelligence'.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 is an assistant professor at Utrecht University, investigating probabilistic language models. In particular, she focuses on semi-supervised language learning techniques.
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.