Bio

Willem Zuidema
Institute for Logic, Language and Computation
Cognition, Language and Computation lab
University of Amsterdam
Science Park 107, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

I am assistant professor in cognitive science and computational linguistics at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation. I do research on these topics, coordinate the Cognition, Language and Computation lab and supervise several PhD and MSc students there. I teach in the interdisciplinary master’s programs Brain & Cognitive Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, and Logic, and coordinate the Cognitive Science track in the MBCS. I sometimes give public talks on human language, animal communication and evolution.

In the past, I have worked in the Behavioural Biology group at Leiden University in the Netherlands (2007-2008), and the Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit (now the Centre for Language Evolution) and the Institute of Cell, Animal and Population Biology (now the Institute of Evolutionary Biology) of the University of Edinburgh (2002-2004) in Scotland, where I worked on a PhD thesis on “The Major Transitions in the Evolution of Language”. Before that, I was a research assistant at the Artificial Intelligence Lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Brussels, Belgium (2000-2002), where I worked on the project “Origins of Language and Meaning”, briefly at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory – Paris in France (2000), and in the Theoretical Biology group of the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands (1998-1999).

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