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. I am a cross-disciplinary research enthusiast, and am very interested in enhancing research on human language processing or language evolution with computational modeling tools.

Interested in my work ? See my Research page.


  • [Apr 2021]   Paper accepted at PrivateNLP 2021 (NAACL Workshop): "Using Confidential Data for Domain Adaptation of Neural Machine Translation", with Sohyung Kim and Fatih Türkmen.
  • [Apr 2021]   Abstract accepted at CMCL 2021 (NAACL Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics): "The Effect of Efficient Messaging and Input Variability on Neural-Agent Iterated Language Learning", with Yuchen Lian and Tessa Verhoef.
  • [Mar 2021]   Paper accepted at NoDaLiDa 2021: "Understanding Cross-Lingual Syntactic Transfer in Multilingual Recurrent Neural Networks", P. Dhar and A. Bisazza.
  • [Nov 2020]   I'll be chairing CoNLL 2021 together with Omri Abend.
  • [Nov 2020]   I've been awarded a NWO National Science Agenda grant on Interpreting deep learning models for language, speech & music as part of an amazing group of Netherlands-based academics, companies and non-for-profits. Looking forward to collaborating!
  • [Sep 2020]   Paper accepted at EMNLP 2020: "UDapter: Language Adaptation for Truly Universal Dependency Parsing", A. Üstün, A. Bisazza, G. Bouma, GJ. van Noord.
  • [Jul 2020]   Senior Area Chair for EACL 2021 (Interpretability and Analysis of NLP Models).