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How to reach me   Dr. Anders Bouwer

Information and Language Processing Systems (ILPS)
Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam (ISLA)
Informatics Institute
Faculty of Science (FNWI)
Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam

Former affiliations:

Music Computing Lab
Open University
Milton Keynes, UK

Human-Computer Studies Lab (HCS)
Faculty of Science (FNWI)
Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)

Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
Faculty of Science (FNWI)
Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA)
Research Interests   Intelligent Multimedia and Multimodal Interfaces
Music Interaction, Technology and Cognition
Information Retrieval for Media Research
Intelligent Support for Navigation
Artificial Intelligence and Education
Text Mining and Natural Language Processing
Qualitative Reasoning and Simulation
Ecological Modelling and Sustainable Development
Artificial & Human Intelligence in general
Projects   BRIDGE
Currently working on the BRIDGE project, developing interfaces for media researchers searching for information about TV programmes and related contextual information. BRIDGE is part of the NWO-funded CATCH-programme, a collaboration between ILPS (UvA), Centre for Television in Transition (Utrecht University) and the Netherlands Institute of Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid).

Assessment and design of smartphone applications for indoor navigation services. SmartINSIDE stands for Smartphones with Innovative Navigation Service for a unique InDoor Experience, Eureka/Eurostars Project, 2010-2012, European Community.

This project is part of the European Commission 7th Framework Programme, in the area of Digital Libraries and Technology-Enhanced Learning. The project aims to combine three kinds of technology to support the acquisition of conceptual knowledge: diagrammatic representations, ontology mapping, and virtual characters.

The Haptic Drum Kit
The Haptic Drum Kit consists of four computer-controlled haptic vibrotactile devices, one attached to each wrist and ankle, that generate pulses to support a drummer to learn to play polyphonic rhythmic patterns. An evaluation study has been conducted to find out how haptic signals compare to audio signals as a rhythmic guide for beginning and more experienced drummers. This project was carried out at Dr. Simon Holland's Music Computing Lab at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK.

Harmony Space Song Walker
Harmony Space is an interactive digital music system for exploring musical harmony, developed by Dr. Simon Holland. We carried out a study with the Song Walker version of the system, which incorporates multiple dance mats, wii remotes and a large projection screen, to see to what extent spatial concepts and relations can be used to communicate information about tonal harmony. This project was carried out at Dr. Holland's Music Computing Lab at the Open University in Milton Keynes, UK.

This project (2005-2007) was part of the European Commission 6th Framework Programme under the thematic area of Sustainable Development, Global Change and Ecosystems. Project webpage:
The role of our department (HCS Lab, UvA) in the project was to develop an integrated set of tools for building and inspecting qualitative simulation models which provide insight in the dynamic processes involved in sustainable development, global change and ecosystems, in particular river ecology. Results are available through our Qualitative Reasoning and Modelling portal, or our local project webpage:

PhD Project: Explaining Behaviour
Model-based generation of explanations in the context of simulation-based learning environments, integrating results from research in qualitative reasoning, natural language interaction, and graphical representations. In the course of this project, I have developed the VisiGarp software for inspecting qualitative simulation models in the GARP framework, as well as its successor, WiziGarp. The VisiGarp software is available for academic use from our departmental GARP webpage: The WiziGarp software, which currently has the status of a prototype, extends VisiGarp by offering abstraction mechanisms and textual explanations besides the graphical representations. For more details, have a look at my thesis at my publications page.

MSc by Research Project: ArgueTrack
ArgueTrack: an Educational Tool for Argumentative Dialogue in Controversial Domains. This was my research project at the AI department of the University of Edinburgh. For more details, see my publications page or contact me.

MSc Project: IntelliPuncti
An Intelligent Tutoring System for Dutch Punctuation. This was the subject of my AI Master's Thesis at the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

CV   Here, you can find my Curriculum Vitae (PDF).

Publications   I have a separate page with publications.

My favourite non-academic activities include:
  • Playing electric bass and percussion. I am active as a bass player in the Rudy Kronfuss Experience, paying tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix. I play percussion in Cuerda Vocal. Check out our myspace page to hear our demo! I have played in bands such as Silva Toca, playing brazilian grooves with funky flavours.
  • Rollerskating and in-line skating. I'm currently a board member of R.S. Survivors, city skate club in Amsterdam. Besides teaching kids and adults the basics of skating, I play in-line hockey now and then, and I like rollerjamming: dancing on rollerskates (the old-fashioned kind, called Quads). See QuadSk8 for a nice overview of its history, and upcoming events.
  • Juggling.
  • Click here to visit the I-Studies website Click here to visit the website of the UvA