Tech Labs Mobile App scores Best Demo at BNAIC 2018

The Babbeltruc app (see here for more) made by Computer Science VU and the Tech Labs of the Network Institute, won the Best Demo at this year’s Benelux AI Conference!


The Network Institute hosts WebSci’18 at VU from 27-30 May 2018

The Network Institute hosts the 10th ACM Conference on Web Science, 27-30 May 2018. It is a wonderful opportunity and a great pleasure for the Network Institute to be able host the 10th ACM conference on Web Science, WebSci’18, at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam this year.

Web Science is a unique conference where a multitude of disciplines converge in a creative and critical dialogue with the aim of understanding the Web and its impacts. Web Science participants are from diverse fields including (but not limited to) art, anthropology, computer and information sciences, communication, economics, humanities, informatics, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. The conference particularly welcomes contributions that seek to cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, that describe original research, analysis, and practice in the field of Web Science, and that discusses novel and thought-provoking ideas.

WebSci’18 is chaired by former network Institute director Hans Akkermans. Keynote speakers will be, amongst others, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, and recipient of the 2016 Turing award, and José van Dijck, president of the KNAW.


NWO Grant for Marleen Huysman et al

Marleen Huysman, Marlous Agterberg, Bart van den Hooff, Hans Berends, Philipp Tuertscher (all FEWEB) and Maarten de Laat (Open University-Welten Institute) receive a grant from NWO for their research project ‘New Ways of Working and Human Capital Development’. The grant (approx. 828.000 EUR) will be used to finance 2 PhD students and 1 Postdoc researcher.

For more information please visit the VU website.



Promo video for ICT4D course

Do you think Web Science can be useful for Regreening in Africa? If you want to know, visit, if you have good ideas, you can join the W4RA community, worldwide.

A new course on ICT4D, “ICT for Development” for master students of computer science, information science and artificial intelligence will start on March 31, at VU University Amsterdam. You will learn about ICTs in Africa, build your own voice application using VXML, or help us to downscale the semantic web, and make it useful for people in remote regions in e.g. the Sahel, or build an awesome application for the XO, that small cool green “One laptop per Child” OLPC. Apart from that, you will listen to interesting lectures by world class experts on ICT4D ! This unique course is set up especially for students of VU University Amsterdam ! The Web for Regreening in Africa – film by Leeuw van Moerkerken 2014 from Anna Bon on Vimeo.