Co-organizer 2nd Spinoza workshop (June 24, 2016)




Vossen and his Spinoza-team are organizing the 2nd Spinoza workshop “LOOKING AT THE LONG TAIL”, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, June 24, 2016.

The workshop is on invitation only, but missing the ‪#‎SpinozaLongTail‬ Workshop!? We aim to record the event and even broadcast it LIVE at: 😉


This workshop is funded by the Spinoza-prize of Piek Vossen (2014-2019) : Understanding of Language by Machines – “an escape from the world of language”.

The goal of the Spinoza project “Understanding of language by machines” (ULM) is to develop computer models that can assign deeper meaning to language that approximates human understanding and to use these models to automatically read and understand text. Current approaches to natural language understanding consider language as a closed-world of relations between words. Words and text are however highly ambiguous and vague. People do not notice this ambiguity when using language within their social communicative context. This project tries to get a better understanding of the scope and complexity of this ambiguity and how to model the social communicative contexts to help resolving it.

The project is divided into 4 subprojects, each investigating a different aspect of assigning meaning: