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.



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.

New doctor: Federico Peinado

Federico Peinado has finally obtained the PhD degree in Computer Engineering, happily increasing the number of doctors in our group.

Research stay: Federico Peinado at Teesside 2008

Federico Peinado made a research stay at School of Computing, University of Teesside at Middlesbrough, UK. He worked with Prof. Ph.D. Marc Cavazza and the IVE group on a new Interactive Storytelling project, from 25th February 2008 until 27th August 2008.

Poesía al otro lado de la red 2008

NIL researcher Pablo Gervás took part in a round table "Poesía al otro lado de la red", in the Círculo de Bellas Artes, as part of the cycle organised by Editorial Devenir.

Research Stay: Juan Manuel Alvarado at NIL 2008

Ing. Juan Manuel Alvarado López, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, visited Madrid for a research colaboration with the NIL group, from April to September 2008.

Encuentro de Creatividad, Cognición y Computación 2007

NIL researcher Pablo Gervás attends the Segundo Encuentro de Creatividad, Cognición y Computación, which took place in Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Cuajimalpa, México DF, México (7th-15th December 2007). This is what the local press said about it:

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