Piek Vossen (1960) received his PhD (Cum Laude) in 1995 on Computational Lexicology and he is now professor at the Faculty of Humanities of the VU Amsterdam. He is the head of CLTL and is the coordinator of the FP-7 project NewsReader (316404). In the past he coordinated the EU projects KYOTO (FP7, ICT-211423), EuroWordNet-I-II (LE2 4003 and LE 8328) and participated in many others.
In 2013, he received the prestigious Spinoza prize for his ground-breaking research on wordnets and NewsReader. He also received the Enlighten-Your-Research prize in 2013 for NewsReader’s challenge to process daily news-streams of millions of articles. He used the prize to establish a research group of 20 researchers that work on the semantic processing of text in different languages.
Beside his work in academia, he worked 10 years in Industry as a CTO of start-up companies to develop innovative products using language technology. Vossen is the co-founder and co-president of the Global-Wordnet-Association that organized eight international conferences since 2002. He is also involved in the national infrastructure projects CLARIN-NL and CLARIAH.
Prof. Vossen’s key note lecture at the VU conference ‘Guide to the Network Society’ (18 March 2016):