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.



NIL in the press

Delta-R and NIL have signed a collaboration agreement for research in natural language and business rules. Press Releases:

Pablo Gervás goes to MIT

Pablo Gervás has been invited to the Purple Blurb that will be celebrated the next Wednesday May 20, 6pm-7pm, at MIT in room 14E-310.

NIL in ENLG09

Daniel Dionne and Salvador de la Puente, with Carlos León, Pablo Gervás and Raquel Hervás, went to ENGL09 in Athenas.

Daniel and Salvador submit their GUIDE system, a virtual guiding software, to the 1st GIVE challenge and obtaining great results as we can saw at the challenge journal of the workshop.

NSF grant awarded to Carlos León

NIL's researcher Carlos León will attend the Workshop on Computational Approaches to Linguistic Creativity thanks to a grant he has received from the National Science Foundation (award #IIS-0906244).

Participation in the 3rd International Colloquium in Creativity, Cognition and Computers

NIL's researchers Pablo Gervás and Carlos León visit Mexico DF for demonstration of NIL's research lines and for participating in the 3rd International Colloquium in Creativity, Cognition and Computers, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first computer installation in México.

International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity 2008

The NIL research group hosted the 5th International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity. It was held in Madrid. More details are available in the workshop web site, from 17th to 19th September 2008.

New members: Salvador de la Puente and Daniel Dionne

Salvador de la Puente and Daniel Dionne join NIL group.

Referring Expression Generation Challenge 2008

Pablo Gervás, Raquel Hervás and Carlos León participate in the Referring Expression Generation Challenge 2008 hold in conjunction with the 5th International Natural Language Generation Conference (INLG 2008), from 12th June to 14th June 2008.

Award: Carlos León for his PhD proposal

Carlos León is among the winners of an award by Caja de Burgos for his PhD proposal, getting a grant as a prize.

Internship: Alaukik Aggarwal

Alaukik Aggarwal, from Indraprastha University (India), carried out a Summer Internship with the NIL reserach group, from June 2008 until July 2008.

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