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To seek freedom is the only driving force I know. Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there. Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle.

("stolen" from Stas, who in turn quoted Castaneda)

  (Possibly) a human being (of misschien toch een aap?), who suspects a pithecanthrope is not extinct yet. Highly allergic to gossip and fake smiles.

I was born and grew up in the most beautiful city Lviv (Leopolis, Lwˇw, Lemberg), in Ukraine. I received both bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science from Lviv Polytechnic National University (department Information Systems and Networks). Shortly after, I spent one year at Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft at the University of Tübingen and eventually landed in Amsterdam where I was part of the Adaptive Information Disclosure (AID) project working on semantic learning with specific application to ontologies under the supervision of Prof. Pieter Adriaans. During my time at UvA, I had been fortunate to work with many talented scientists, including Edgar Meij and Willem van Hage. I defended my PhD thesis at the University of Amsterdam in 2009. More precisely, I'm interested in how to learn semantic relations from text by using prior knowledge, what information is needed to accomplish this task and how humans and machines reason about relations. Some other topics I have been working on are textual entailment, default prediction for small and medium enterprises, and bibliometrics.

 more can be found at and Google Scholar

  do love (unordered and incomplete)...

  people who inspire me; my relatives (of course!); coffee ( Kolschitzky is actually Kulchytzkyj born in Ukraine); linux & latex; good news (a.k.a. your article has been accepted); languages (Slavic and Germanic in particular); mountains; large bodies of water; opera; jazz; black and white photography (check out FOAM); I. Berlin, Zweig, Mérimée; Kostenko's and Symonenko's poetry; apfelstrudel, pancakes (read this wonderful story by O. Henry); rainbows in Science Park; Lviv, Wien, Venice; a subset of human beings with a charming smile and huuuuge heart (ok, I'm not that much human-friendly); rain in Amsterdam and in Lviv (if only not cycling!)


my favourite quotes

  freedom for the pike is death for the minnows

  denken schadet nicht

  be yourself, everyone else is already taken
/Oscar Wilde/

  Das wahre Analphabetentum ist das Unvermögen, schöpferisch tätig zu sein
/(sto | hundert)wasser/

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  last read: Mulisch ("Het stenen bruidsbed") and Kehlmann ("Die Vermessung der Welt" thanks to a bookstore in Dortmund, "Ich und Kaminski")

  reading: Hermans ("Onder professoren", thanks to my office mate and paranymph, Victor de Boer)

  used to be...

  a windmill from my window

 In het Nederlands

 In het Engels

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