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.



Internship: Kumar Abhinav

Kumar Abhinav, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, carried out his summer internship with the NIL group, from May to July 2006.

iEntertain 2006

NIL researchers Pablo Gervás and Federico Peinado participate in iEntertain, an event organised by the Creative Systems Lab, at the University of Coimbra, Portugal, within the framework of Spanish-Portuguese Integrated Action HP2003-0068, from 6th to 8th April 2006.

Visit: Francisco C. Pereira at NIL 2006

Francisco Cámara Pereira, from the Creative Systems Lab of the University of Coimbra, Portugal, visited the Facultad de Informática as guest of the NIL team, within the framework of Spanish-Portuguese Integrated Action HP2003-0068.

Research stay: Rodrigo García at NIL 2006

Ing. Rodrigo García Sánchez, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, visited Madrid for a research colaboration with the NIL group from February to July 2006.

Visit: Raquel Hervás at Coimbra 2006

NIL researcher Raquel Hervás carried out a research visit at the Creative Systems Lab, at the University of Coimbra, Portugal , within the framework of Spanish-Portuguese Integrated Action HP2003-0068, from 11th January to 11th February.

Visit: Raquel Hervás and Pablo Gervás at Coimbra 2005

NIL researchers Raquel Hervás and Pablo Gervás from UCM visit the Creative Systems Lab, at the University of Coimbra, Portugal , within the framework of Spanish-Portuguese Integrated Action HP2003-0068, from 5th to 8th December 2005.

Talk: Dialogue, Discourse Markers, and other Linguistic Elements that Improve Narrative Generation

Charles Callaway, from the University of Edimburgh, to give a talk at UCM on "Dialogue, Discourse Markers, and other Linguistic Elements that Improve Narrative Generation", Sala de Grados, Facultad de Informática, 11:30.

NIL kick-off 2005

NIL kick-off workshop to present ongoing research. The following NIL members described their current work:

  • Jesús Herrera de la Cruz: recognising textual entailment
  • Jose Ramón Pérez Agüera: automatic construction of thesaurus for information retrieval
  • Raquel Hervás Ballesteros: flexible implementation of NLG modules
  • Federico Peinado Gil: generating stories using ontologies

Visit: Federico Peinado and Pablo Gervás at Coimbra 2005

NIL researchers Federico Peinado and Pablo Gervás from UCM visit the Creative Systems Lab, at the University of Coimbra, Portugal , within the framework of Spanish-Portuguese Integrated Action HP2003-0068, from 7th-13th October 2005.

Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity 2005

The Second Joint workshop on Computational Creativity takes place as part of the workshop programme of IJCAI 2005. This workshop is organised by Pablo Gervás (NIL, UCM), Alison Pease (University of Edimburgh), and Tony Veale (University College Dublin).

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