Tilburg University strives for top research and innovation, outstanding education, internalization, involvement of society and to provide an inspirational learning and working environment. Research and education are organized in five schools: Economics and Management, Social and Behavioral Sciences (TSB), Law, Humanities and Theology. In addition, there are several well-established research centers and graduate schools and the TiasNimbas Business School.
The Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC), headed by Prof. A. A. Maes, is a research center within Tilburg University's School of Humanities (TSH). TiCC offers a home to almost 100 researchers, 80 of whom are affiliated with Tilburg University, while 20 are external PhD students or fellows. The general mission of TiCC is: “…to play a leading, agenda-setting role in generating innovative research and disseminating new findings with emphasis on the transfer of our research products to society”. The Center consists of two programs: The Language, Communication and Cognition (LCC) research program explores cognitive, functional, and social aspects of human communication using a multidisciplinary approach including a broad variety of domains. The Creative Computing (CC) research program investigates methods of computational modeling of cognitive processes in domains such as games and knowledge management, social signal processing, and language technology. In their research, both programs have a common ground in the area of e-Humanities. This has led to the recently started TSH-wide e-Humanities laboratory, in which TiCC plays a central role, and that focuses on applying computational techniques to investigate issues relevant to humanities. In the national research assessment of 2012, TiCC was assessed “excellent”, which means that the research is world leading, that the researchers involved are working at the forefront of their field internationally, and that their research has an important and substantial impact in the field. This is further reflected in the high amount of scientific publications, with an average of 130 between 2008 and 2011.
Role in the project
Tilburg University's main role in the project is application and (further) development of data standardization and linguistic annotation. In order to provide a framework that can handle social media data, existing natural language processing tools will need to be combined into a robust pipeline. Additionally, tools will need to be modified to be able to handle the noisy aspects (such as spelling variation) of social media data. Secondary roles include the collection of English-Dutch data and data for evaluation purposes. Furthermore, results of the project are expected to be incorporated in undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Prof. Menno van Zaanen
Tilburg 5037 AB