Welcome to NIL's website!

The NIL acronym (Natural Interaction based on Language) identifies a group of researchers and practitioners whose interests converge towards the development of interfaces based on language for modern day IT applications for modifying or finding information, issuing commands, or present output results in a way easy to understand.

Various Artificial Intelligence techniques contribute towards this goal. The mainstay of NIL is obviously a strong Natural Language Processing component. However, the complexities of language interactions require the use of additional techniques of Knowledge Representation, Expert Systems, Case-Based Reasoning, Evolutionary Algorithms, User Modeling and Computational Creativity.

NIL arises in 2005 to provide a minimal infrastructure to house colaborative projects between researchers at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Nevertheless, it is open to contributions from researchers affiliated at other institutions if they are interested in the stated goals. At the same point, NIL is born with the overall goal of developing the technologies that it researchs on to the point where they can be used for practical applications. For this reason, we are always on the look out for opportunities to test the applicability of our work in real life situations.

  • If you feel your own research might contribute to these goals and you would like to participate in NIL, please contact us.
  • If you think that your business might benefit from applying one of the techniques that we are working on, or you reckon you may have a possible application for one of them, please contact us.

Investigadores de NIL en el programa ConCiencia

Pablo Gervás y Carlos León, entrevistados para el programa ConCiencia, de Telemadrid.

El mundo que viene

La robótica y la inteligencia artificial

Open research position in the WHIM project

The NIL research group (http://nil.fdi.ucm.es/) at Complutense University of Madrid is looking for Research Associates, PhD students and post-doctoral fellows.

The successful candidates will participate in "WHIM-The What If Machine" a project on Computational Creativity (http://www.whim-project.eu) which is supported and funded by the European Union. The aim of this project is to study the possibilities of automatic generation of What-if Ideas. In the frame of this project, NIL research group will undertake the following tasks:

- creation of computational metrics for narrative evaluation
- rich story generation
- knowledge representation and use of available knowledge bases
- low level representation of what-if ideas

Applicants should have a good undergraduate or masters degree in an area related to Artificial Intelligence and Computational Narrative (eg, computer science). A PhD degree related to the project topics would be a plus. Research experience in automatic story generation, natural language processing, knowledge representation, natural language generation, and Java or Python programming would be desirable. Additional experience in logic, ontologies, grammars and/or web services will be considered a plus.

Positions will be awarded based on academic excellence (in a relevant discipline, e.g. computer science) and potential for future achievement. Positions offered are until the end of the project (30/9/2016). Salary will be fixed according to qualification and experience of the candidate.

There is no formal closing date, this position will remain open until it is filled.

Expressions of interest, including full CV and a letter advocating the candidates suitability to address the tasks described above should be addressed to Carlos León . Selected candidates may be contacted for further information.

Perfil de programador gráfico senior

Un colaborador nos hace llegar una oferta de perfil de programador gráfico senior en. Más detalles en la descripción. Podéis contactar con fdelapuente@aerolaser.es

ICCBR-15 Workshop on Experience and Creativity

We organize the ICCBR-15 Workshop on Experience and Creativity (Frankfurt, September 28, 2015)

The goal of the ICCBR-15 Workshop on Experience and Creativity is to address common areas of interest in Case-Based Reasoning (CBR) and Computational Creativity (CC) by addressing research issues that are related to both communities. However, our goal is not to 'compare' CC systems and CBR systems. Our goal is to explore and analyze how the new and innovative (creativity) is related to, depends upon, and needs to break away to from the old and know (experience). The main focus of the workshop will be on exploring the relationship between past examples in a domain and computational creativity in that domain is an interesting an issue that has not been explicitly addressed in the past.

Can computers be creative?

The Digital Agenda for Europe promotes our WHIM Project!


Participamos en la Semana de la Ciencia 2014

Con motivo de la celebración de la Semana de la Ciencia 2014 y como actividad dentro de la misma, el grupo de investigación NIL de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, en colaboración con las profesoras de la Facultad de Filología de la UNED Elena González Blanco y Clara Martínez Cantón, del Laboratorio de Innovación de Humanidades Digitales (LINHD) organizó un taller científico para niños de 10 y 11 años titulado “Cuando las personas y las máquinas juegan con las palabras”.

En total participaron en la actividad 22 estudiantes del colegio Estilo (Madrid), y se celebró en la Facultad de Informática de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, el día 4 de noviembre del 2014, de 11:00 a 13:00.

En este taller, los estudiantes interaccionaron con una Inteligencia Artificial capaz de generar poemas de forma colaborativa. El sistema analiza los poemas escritos por los estudiantes y les da el resultado. A la vez, se basa en el poema escrito por ellos para generar un poema, evaluarlo, y comparar la evaluación con la del estudiante.

El sistema está implementado como un servicio en Internet al que los estudiantes, a través de los equipos del laboratorio, pudieron conectarse y usar.
En una sesión anterior al taller, Pablo Gervás acudió al colegio para darles una charla introductoria sobre Inteligencia Artificial y generación de poesía de manera automática.

Durante la sesión, se llevaron a cabo las siguientes actividades:
• Recibimiento y presentaciones
• Visita al Museo de la Informática de la facultad
• Llegada a los laboratorios
• Charla sobre poesía, a cargo de Elena González-Blanco y Clara I. Martínez Cantón (UNED)
• Charla sobre Inteligencia Artificial y Creatividad Computacional (Carlos León, UCM)
• Interacción con el sistema de generación, tutelada por el equipo UCM.
• Conclusiones y despedida.

El equipo organizador de la UCM estuvo formado por:
• Pablo Gervás Gómez-Navarro
• Susana Bautista Blasco
• Raquel Hervás Ballesteros
• Carlos León Aznar
• Gonzalo Méndez Pozo
• Alberto Díaz Esteban

Según el propio testimonio de los estudiantes y sus tutoras, el taller resultó un éxito. Los estudiantes no sólo aprendieron muchos conceptos nuevos sobre la ciencia de la Inteligencia Artificial para crear arte, sino que pudieron manejar de primera mano un sistema inteligente

Puedes encontrar la cobertura del evento en la Tribuna Complutense y algunas fotos en la página de Google+ de la Facultad de Informática de la UCM.


The First Annual Contact Forum of the PROSECCO (PROmoting the Scientific Exploration of Computational Creativity) network will be held in El Escorial, Madrid from February 21-23 inclusive. (http://prosecco-network.eu/)
The forum will bring together international researchers whose work can inform CC research and be informed in turn by ongoing CC efforts.
Organized by Pablo Gervás, UCM.
More information about the talks in the Contact Forum page at the PROSECCO web site.

Pablo Gervás at ASCC 2013 - Computational Creativity in Literary Artifacts: Narrative and Poetry

Pablo's talk at the Autumn School on Computational Creativity (ASCC2013, Porvoo, Finland) is already available.

Computational Creativity in Literary Artifacts: Narrative and Poetry

Pablo Gervás
2 videos

Videos of the Autumm School on Computational Creativity 2013 in Porvoo (Finland)

The PROSECCO Network is proud to announce that video recordings of the autumn school lectures are now freely available at http://videolectures.net/ascc2013_porvoo/

Project CONCRETE - 1 postdoctoral research position available

The European project CONCRETE ("Concept Creation Technologies") aims to study conceptual creativity in humans and machines hoping to achieve computationally-creative reasoning as the creation of new concepts. It will focus on mechanisms for generating examples from a learned model, and mechanisms for evaluating generated examples according to novelty and value.

In the frame of this project, the Universidad Complutense de Madrid (NIL research group) will undertake the following tasks: generating linguistic renderings of concepts created anew by project technologies, exploit newly created concepts to produce original machine-generated poetry, and exploit newly created concepts in support of task of automated summarization of text.

One postdoctoral research position is available to work in this project. The position is for a full-time postdoctoral researcher with annual salary 42,800 euro. The positions are for one year, with the possibility of renewal for a further two years, starting from 27th January 2014.

Candidates are expected to have a PhD degree and a first degree in Computer Science or related field. They should have research experience in natural language processing, knowledge representation, natural language generation, and Java programming. Additional experience in logic, ontologies, grammars and/or web services will be considered a plus.

Other merits and aspects are clarified in the call (in Spanish):


The description of the position is listed there under the code CONCRETE Grant agreement no: 611733. The application period will close on November 21st, and candidates should follow the call instructions. The instance and regulations (in Spanish) can be found in:


More info and FAQ (Spanish): http://nil.fdi.ucm.es

For further details and clarifications, contact pgervas@sip.ucm.es

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