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Prof. Dr. P.Th.J.M. (Piek) Vossen (1960) is full Professor Computational Lexicology at the VU University Amsterdam, Head of the Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab (CLTL),  co-founder and co-president of the Global WordNet Assocation (GWA) and partner in the Centre for Digital Humanities Amsterdam. In 2013 he won the prestigious Spinoza Award of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and in 2015 he has been honoured by the Dutch Royal House as a “Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion”. He is also a member of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) in three domains and a member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW).

Piek Vossen studied Dutch and General Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam and received his PhD (cum laude) in Linguistics on Computational Lexicology and Lexicography. He is/has been involved in the many national and international projects, among which: AcquilexEuroWordNetMeaningCornettoDutchSemCorKYOTO and GlobalWordNetGrid. His latest project NewsReader developed the ‘History Recorder’, a computer program that ‘reads’ the news each day and precisely records what happened when and where in the world and who was involved. Furthermore he developed 4 research projects with the Spinoza-price: “Understanding of Language by Machines – an escape from the world of language”.

For many years he combined his academic career with his work in the industry. He worked at Sail Labs (1999-2001) and as a C.T.O. of Irion Technologies B.V. (2001-2009), where he developed multilingual language technology for many different languages, such as cross-lingual semantic search, text classification, and natural-language dialogue systems.

Vossen published more than 300 (peer reviewed) articles in national and international journals, conference proceedings, book chapters and (hand)books. He has given more than 200 invited keynote talks at several conferences and other occasions, is a regular organizer of and referee for (inter)national conferences and journals, and has served on many scientific, advisory and program committees. He also serves as a member of PhD-committees in the Netherlands as well as abroad. In 2014 he also won the Enlighten Your Research Competition 2013.

He is a member of several advisory boards and institutes, such as the Network InstituteDEFT Events Advisory Board of the Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC), SURFSara, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Ontology-Lexica Community Group; he also serves as an expert reviewer for the European Union.

His research interests are WordNets, Computational Lexicon, Ontologies, Computational Linguistics, Language Technology and Computer-Applications, both within a single language and from a multilingual perspective. Vossen is interested in the relation between lexicons and ontologies, from a theoretical point of view as well as from their usage in computer-applications in which meaning and interpretation play a role. He sees the lexicon as a fundamental resource to anchor meaning and interpretation in useful computer behaviour. Computer behaviour can make use of communicative models and insights from communication science. The organization of the lexicon and the knowledge stored in it need to take that usage as a starting point. He combines linguistics and computer science to model understanding of natural language texts by computers.

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Research

Prizes and Awards

  • 2017: Elected member (one of 16 elected in total) of the Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen (KNAW) in three domains.
  • 2015: Honoured (one of 12 in total) by the Dutch Royal House as “Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw” (Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion), the Hague, the Netherlands.
  • 2014: NWO Enlighten Your Research Prize for Big Data in research (3 elected in total).
  • 2014: University Research Fellow Vossen, VU Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 2013: Spinoza Award (one of 3 elected in total) of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
  • 2012: Elected member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (KHMW).

Grants

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Teaching

CLTL Research Master Humanities: Human Language Technology: see flyer HLT Master.

More BA/MA/Minor-courses: http://vossen.info/teaching/

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Keywords

  • H Social Sciences
  • Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources
  • T Technology
  • P Language and Literature

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Research Output 2006 2018

Don't Annotate, but Validate: a Data-to-Text Method for Capturing Event Data

Vossen, P., Ilievski, F., Postma, M. & Roxane, S., 2018, [Proceedings of the] Eleventh International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2018). Miyazaki: LREC, p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Violence

How concrete do we get telling stories?

Vossen, P., Caselli, T. & Cybulska, A., Jul 2018, In : Topics in Cognitive Science. 10, 3, p. 621-640 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Motion Pictures
Reading
Language
Concretes
event

Identity and granularity of events in text

Vossen, P. & Cybulska, A., 2018, Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing - 17th International Conference, CICLing 2016, Revised Selected Papers. Springer/Verlag, p. 501-522 22 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 9624 LNCS)

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Granularity
Semantics
Event Detection
Anomaly
Text

Leolani: A reference machine with a theory of mind for social communication

Vossen, P., Baez, S., Bajc̆etić, L. & Kraaijeveld, B., 2018, Text, Speech, and Dialogue: 21st International Conference, TSD 2018, Proceedings. Sojka, P., Horák, A., Kopecek, I. & Pala, K. (eds.). Springer/Verlag, p. 15-25 11 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11107 LNAI)

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Robot
Robots
Communication
Uncertainty
Relativity

Meaning space at SemEval-2018 Task 10: Combining explicitly encoded knowledge with information extracted from word embeddings

Sommerauer, P. J. M., Fokkens, A. S. & Vossen, P. T. J. M., 2018, Proceedings of the 12th International Workshop on Semantic Evaluation (SemEval-2018). New Orleans, United States, p. 940 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingConference contributionAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Semantics

Activities 2000 2018

Chair and Organizer of the 9th Global WordNet Conference (GWC2018.

Vossen, P. T. J. M. (Organiser)
2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventConferenceAcademic

PhD Committee of Marijn ten Thij (VU)

Vossen, P. T. J. M. (Examiner)
2018 → …

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

PhD Committee of Dieke Oele (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen)

Vossen, P. T. J. M. (Examiner)
2018 → …

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination

Open Knowledge Base and Question Answering Workshop (OKBQA 2017)

Vossen, P. T. J. M. (Member of programme committee)
2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventWorkshopAcademic

Invited keynote talk at CLARIN Annual Conference 2017

Vossen, P. T. J. M. (Keynote speaker)
18 Sep 201720 Sep 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Prizes

Lidmaatschap KHMW

P.T.J.M. Vossen (Recipient), 2012

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Lidmaatschap KNAW

P.T.J.M. Vossen (Recipient), 2017

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw 2015

P.T.J.M. Vossen (Recipient), 2015

Prize: Prize / AwardSocietal

Spinoza price

P.T.J.M. Vossen (Recipient), 2013

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

University Research Fellow

P.T.J.M. Vossen (Recipient), 2014

Prize: Prize / AwardAcademic

Press / Media

Documentaire "Dankzij Spinoza"

P.T.J.M. Vossen

5/10/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

Interview De Dagwacht NPO Radio 1

P.T.J.M. Vossen

18/05/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Interview Brandpunt-KRO/NCRV

P.T.J.M. Vossen

26/04/17

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Project "NewsReader"

P.T.J.M. Vossen

8/10/12

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other