Filip Ilievski

  • Assistant Professor, Sr. (UD1), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • Affiliated Scientist, USC Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI)
  • Affiliated Scientist, Amsterdam Sustainability Institute (ASI)
  • Areas: Commonsense Reasoning, Human-Centric NLP, AI for Social Good
  • Research Assistant Professor, USC Computer Science (2022-2023)
  • Research Scientist and Research Lead, USC Information Sciences Institute (2019-2023)
  • PhD, Vrije University Amsterdam (2015-2019)
  • Research Visitor, Carnegie Mellon University (2017)
  • MSc, Vrije University Amsterdam (2013-2015)
  • BSc, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Skopje (2009-2013)

Open positions

I am currently working on growing my team at VU Amsterdam. I like collaborating with strong students with a passion for human-centric AI and NLP research and learning about state-of-the-art technologies like language models and neuro-symbolic systems. I am also looking to hire Postdocs to work with me on important topics relating to analogies and complex reasoning.

For concrete open positions, see this group page. Note that there are usually other positions that are about to open, so if you are interested in working with me as a PhD student or a Postdoc, get in touch with me via email.

Funded Research

  • Supporting Sustainable Diet Policies by Knowledge-based AI (PI; Co-PI Heinout Reijungs, ASI Seed funding. 12/2023

  • Decision-making by Analogical Reasoning over exoTic Situations (DARTS) (PI), ARL DEVCOM. 08/2023

  • Coherent and commonsensical AI for social influence (PI; Co-PI: Gale Lucas), USC/ISI and ARL. 02/2023

  • Knowledge Graph Technology for Information Analytics (Swiss Cybersecurity department). Grant. F. Ilievski, P. Szekely. 06/2022.

  • Robust and Explainable AI Agents with Common Sense (NSF CRII). Grant. F. Ilievski. 05/2022.

  • iPASSAGE: improved Performance, Analytics and Summarization of Synergistic Anticipation of Geopolitical Events (Co-PI; PI: Fred Morstatter), Open Philanthropy via the University of Maryland, 02/2022

  • MoSAiC: Multi-modal architecture for holistic Situational Awareness in Contextual IoT (Bosch Research). Gift. F. Ilievski. 12/2021.

Recent News

  • Start of 2024: Positions open for Master’s students, Postdocs, and PhD interns. Soon there will be PhD positions as well. Get in touch with me if interested!
  • I am co-chairing a workshop on Generative NeuroSymbolic AI (GeNeSy) at ESWC 2024!
  • Best student paper award for Prateek at K-CAP for the paper “Knowledge-enhanced Agents for Interactive Text Games”
  • I am organizing a Dagstuhl seminar on the topic of Generalization by Humans and Machines in May 2024!
  • As of September 2023, I returned to VU Amsterdam to take a position as a senior assistant professor in the computer science department.
  • Had my first podcast appearance in Scienscious Soundwaves
  • Together with Alessandro Oltramari, we are organizing Special Issue on Commonsense Reasoning @ Neurosymbolic AI Journal
  • I gave invited talks at UCLA, UCSF, and VUA
  • I became part of the Neurosymbolic AI edutorial board
  • Our team has a lab session on the Knowledge Graph Toolkit (KGTK) and a tutorial on generalizable commonsense reasoning accepted for presentation at AAAI 2023!