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Raquel Fernández Rovira, from the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), has been awarded a grant as part of the MEERVOUD (More Women Researchers as University Lecturer) programme set up by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Raquel Fernández Rovira, from the University of Amsterdam’s (UvA) Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC), has been awarded a grant as part of the MEERVOUD (More Women Researchers as University Lecturer) programme set up by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). This guarantees that she will move on to a (different) scientific position within the university at the end of her current research.

Fernández Rovira will conduct research for the 'Computing Implicatures in Incremental Dialogue Processing’ project. Dialogue modelling is an interdisciplinary research field that forms the basis for the development of artificial agents (computers or robots) that can communicate with humans using natural language. Fernández Rovira uses an innovative methodology that combines empirical data analysis with formal modelling and computational implementation. This combination has the potential to lead to significant progress in the field of dialogue modelling and the interaction between humans and computers.

About ‘MEERVOUD’

The NWO Physical Sciences and Earth and Life Sciences divisions have jointly awarded the MEERVOUD grant annually since 2002. With this project, the two NWO divisions want to help female postdoctoral researchers acquire positions as university lecturers. The percentage of women in the sciences gets increasingly smaller the higher the position is. MEERVOUD enables women to conduct four years of research, after which the institution ensures a permanent position. Funding for the MEERVOUD programme amounts to a maximum of €220,000 per person.