Maarten de Rijke Named First of Four New University Professors Focussing on Artificial Intelligence

Prof. Maarten de Rijke has been appointed University Professor of AI and Information Retrieval at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), effective 1 September 2018. De Rijke will combine his new chair, which will be affiliated with the Faculty of Science, with his position as director of the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI). De Rijke is the first of four new University Professors at the UvA who will focus on artificial intelligence.

The last decade has witnessed an exponential growth in the amount of information. As University Professor, De Rijke will focus on developing new algorithms for connecting people to information. By using artificial intelligence, the interaction between information systems and users can be used both to dynamically adapt information to the user and to improve systems. The underlying algorithms learn from interactions with users and the users’ behaviour in response to system actions, giving rise to ‘self-learning search engines, recommender systems, and conversational agents’. The aim is to use AI techniques to develop algorithms that can be applied across domains.

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