Archive December 20, 2018

Semantic Frame Extractor online

A new Penelope Component, called Semantic Frame Extractor is now online!

Frame semantics is commonly used as a methodology for representing the meaning of linguistic utterances. While semantic frames have successfully been formalised on a large scale, it is still a major challenge to automatically extract them from raw text. This Penelope component overcomes this challenge by using precision language processing techniques. Concretely, the component takes a sentence (or a list of texts) and a frame of interest (e.g. ‘Causation’) as input and returns all instances of this frame, and its frame elements, that occur in the sentence (or list of texts). The language processing part of the semantic frame extractor has been developed within the Fluid Construction Grammar (FCG) framework. 

The OpenAPI specification of the component is available at As all components, it can be used form any programming languages are via Penelope interfaces such as the Penelope Workbench.

Post-doctoral position available

We are looking to hire a post-doctoral researcher (100%) to join the Penelope team in Brussels. You will have a leading role in shaping the Penelope platform, which consists of tools and techniques for mapping opinions expressed in online (social) media. Responsibilities include the design, implementation and integration of novel tools (in particular NLP-related), steering the development of Penelope within the project and (if desired) supervision of students.

Requirements and application: The candidate should have experience in NLP and machine learning. Very good spoken and written command of English is required. The starting date is flexible, depending on the availability of the candidate. Women are especially encouraged to apply. The initial contract will be for 1 year, and can possibly be extended. Please send your application by e-mail to including your CV, transcripts and certificates, a cover letter, a statement of research interests, your PhD thesis, as well as the contact details of 3 references before 15 January 2019.

As an employee of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel you will work in a dynamic, diverse and multilingual environment. Our green campus is located in the centre of Brussels, the lively capital of Belgium and Europe. Depending on your experience and academic merits you will receive a salary according to the official pay scales. Hospitalisation insurance and free use of public transport for travel to and from work are standard employment benefits. Both campuses have extensive sporting facilities which are at your disposal and a nursery is within walking distance. More information is available at
ContactFor more information, please contact Dr. Katrien Beuls (