Internship | Automatic Generation of Knowledge Graphs from Text
About this position
Rechtspraak.nl yearly publishes a small percentage of all court decisions of that year. In 2020, out of 1,37 million court decisions 46,564 judicial texts were published online. They contain a lot of information, but this information is hard to reach by computer algorithms because of the typical properties of the data (e.g., domain-specific jargon, spelling and typing errors, etc.). We envision that one day we will be able to automatically extract all available information from all kinds of textual data sources, and the relations between them to create a so-called ‘knowledge graph’. The availability of such tooling will make the extraction of information from a multitude of sources much less time intensive, and the extracted graphs available for further information processing or integration in other models (and simulations).
What will be your role?
During this internship you will take the first few steps towards the automatic creation of such a knowledge graph from text. We are particularly interested in the different entities that occur in the text, and how they relate to each other. We might be able to train a model that does everything for us, or we might be able to combine different existing models that together do the trick. Or do we need models at all? Is this perhaps a problem that should be solved with a rule-based approach? Or perhaps a hybrid one? Do we need linguistic information to solve this, or can we do without? Would the solution be language-dependent? Any of these questions could be the focus of your internship. However, we strongly encourage you to bring forward your own ideas about this subject.
What we expect from you
We are looking for a student who enjoys developing innovative solutions to technically challenging problems, and who has the right mix of intellectual curiosity and pragmatism. This student would show a great deal of autonomy, and would have a structured approach in their work. Uncertainties or a broad scope during the project would be no major problem for them. Affinity with the military and or/justice domain is a big plus!
- Follow a Master's in a relevant field, for example artificial intelligence, data science, linguistics, knowledge engineering, etc.;
- Have a basis in Natural Language Processing (NLP), or are interested in developing it;
- Have good communicative skills in English and/or Dutch
We expect you will be able to program (in Python / Java), but depending on the research question and your university's requirements, it might not be a necessity to do so during your internship.
What you'll get in return
You want to work on the precursor of your career; a work placement gives you an opportunity to take a good look at your prospective future employer. TNO goes a step further. It’s not just looking that interests us; you and your knowledge are essential to our innovation. That’s why we attach a great deal of value to your personal and professional development. You will, of course, be properly supervised during your work placement and be given the scope for you to get the best out of yourself. Naturally, we provide suitable work placement compensation.
TNO as an employer
At TNO, we innovate for a healthier, safer and more sustainable life. And for a strong economy. Since 1932, we have been making knowledge and technology available for the common good. We find each other in wonder and ingenuity. We are driven to push boundaries. There is all the space and support for your talent and ambition. You work with people who will challenge you: who inspire you and want to learn from you. Our state-of-the-art facilities are there to realize your vision. What you do at TNO matters: impact makes the difference. Because with every innovation you contribute to tomorrow’s world. Read more about TNO as an employer.
At TNO we encourage an inclusive work environment, where you can be yourself. Whatever your story and whatever unique qualities you bring to the table. It is by combining our unique strengths and perspectives that we are able to develop innovations that make a real difference in society. Want to know more? Read what steps we are taking in the area of diversity and inclusion.
The selection process
After the first CV selection, the application process will be conducted by the concerning department. TNO will provide a suitable internship agreement. If you have any questions about this vacancy, you can contact the contact person mentioned below.
For this internship vacancy it is required that the AIVD issues a security clearance (VGB) after conducting a security screening. Take into account that this process may take about 8 weeks. If you have been abroad for more than 6 consecutive months, or if you do not have the Dutch nationality, it may take longer. Please visit for more information the AIVD website.
Due to Covid-19 and the consequent uncertainties and restrictions, students who are not residing in the Netherlands may currently not be able to start an internship or graduation project at TNO.
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