Piek Vossen

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials P.Th.J.M.
Main position Hoogleraar VU
Disciplines Digital humanities
  Social sciences
  Language and literature studies
  Artificial intelligence, expert systems
  Computer science
  Science and technology
  Communication sciences
Chair Computationale lexicologie
Domain Humanities
Membership Member
Since 2017
Member of Humanities
Member of Science Committee Meertens Institute
Employed by Vrije Universiteit
Fac.Geesteswetenschappen, Afd. Taal, Literatuur & Communicatie (TLC)
Computational Lexicology & Terminology Lab (CLTL), De Boelelaan 1105, level 13
1081 HV Amsterdam
tel.  020 598 6457
Personal website

Piek Vossen develops computer models that can understand human language. He headed the EuroWordNet, a project that linked words in eight languages to one other based on their meaning, resulting in a giant ‘wordnet’. Computers can use wordnets to differentiate between the word ‘bank' as a monetary institution and ‘bank’ as the shore of a river. Vossen is also considered the most prominent Dutch researcher in the field of text-mining. He came up with the ‘History Recorder’, a computer program that documents history by 'reading' the news each day and aligning current events with events from the past to form a single storyline. Vossen worked in the private sector for about ten years before his meteoric rise in science.