I am an assistant professor in computational linguistics/ natural language processing at the Computational Linguistics Group of the University of Groningen, and a VENI laureate since September 2016. My research focuses on the statistical modeling of natural languages, with the main goal of improving the quality of machine translation for challenging language pairs.

Interested in my work ? See my Research page.


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    in the area of Responsible Processing of Natural Language Data.
    Find more details here. Application deadline: 1 April 2020.
  • [Dec 2019]   Check-out BERTje! A BERT-like model specifically optimized for the Dutch language and outperforming Multilingual BERT on several tasks. "BERTje: A Dutch BERT Model" with W. de Vries, A. van Cranenburgh, A. Bisazza, T. Caselli, G. van Noord, and M. Nissim.
  • [Oct 2019]   Research track co-chair for EAMT 2020.
  • [Oct 2019]   Area co-chair for ACL 2020 (Resources & Evaluation).
  • [Sep 2019]   Paper accepted at DeepLO (EMNLP Workshop on Deep Learning for Low-resource NLP): "Zero-shot Dependency Parsing with Pre-trained Multilingual Sentence Representations" with Ke Tran.
  • [Sep 2019] I have moved to the University of Groningen and joined its great CL group!
  • [Aug 2019]   Keynote speaker at MtSummit 2019 in Dublin.
  • [Aug 2019]   I am attending a super interesting Lorentz Workshop on Compositionality in Brains and Machines in Leiden.
  • [Aug 2019]   Invited speaker at the ACL-BlackboxNLP 2019 workshop in Florence.
  • [Apr 2019]   Poster accepted at CogSci 2019: "Compositionality in Emerging Multi-agent Languages: Marrying Language Evolution and Natural Language Processing" with K. Sommer, J. Perris, T. Verhoef.