Willem Zuidema (a.k.a. Jelle) is associate professor of 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).
Erman Acar is an assistant professor for XAI in Finance at ILLC and IvI. Prior to joining UvA, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Knowledge Representation and Reasoning group at VU (2018 -2021) and in the Reinforcement Learning group at Leiden University (2021-2022). he did his PhD in Germany, University of Mannheim (2014-2017), and obtained a masters degree in Computational Logic from TU-Wien (Austria) and TU-Dresden (Germany) in 2012. During his career he made research visits to several institutions, including University of Bozen-Bolzano, University of Amsterdam, University of Calabria and University of Oxford. His research focuses on integrating machine learning with symbolically structured systems to extend their capacity in reasoning and explainability. See: sup-erman.github.io for further information.
Oskar van der Wal is a PhD candidate advised by Jelle Zuidema and Katrin Schulz. His research focuses on detecting social biases found in NLP models, such as gender bias and racism, and understanding how these biases are learnt from text. As part of the Bias Barometer project he investigates what these NLP models can teach us about our own biases and those in digital media.
Jaap Jumelet is a PhD candidate advised by Jelle Zuidema and Raquel Fernandez. The topic of his PhD is centered around the fields of NLP, interpretability, and linguistics. He is interested in gaining a better understanding of the current successes of the state of the art in NLP. His research is guided by hypotheses derived from linguistics, that he evaluates on deep neural models using techniques from the field of Explainable AI.
Charlotte is a PhD candidate in the InDeep consortium that is led by Jelle Zuidema. Her PhD focuses on interpretability approaches to speech models.
Marianne de Heer Kloots is a PhD candidate within the Language in Interaction consortium. Her PhD focuses on the connection between language model representations and neural image data.
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.