I am an Assistant Professor in Computational Linguistics/ Natural Language Processing at the Computational Linguistics Group of the University of Groningen.

I am passionate about the statistical modeling of languages, particularly in a multilingual context, and my long-term goal is to design robust NLP algorithms that can adapt to the large variety of linguistic phenomena observed around the world.
Among others, I work towards improving the quality of Machine Translation for challenging language pairs, and making state-of-the art NLP models more interpretable.
As a cross-disciplinary research enthusiast, I'm interested in enhancing research on human language processing or language evolution with computational modeling tools.
Last but not least, I enjoy observing, interacting with, and finding daily inspiration in my two daughters and their trilingual minds in the making.

My research was funded by a Veni grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO) from 2016 to 2021. Currently, I am involved in two national-consortium projects, both funded by NWO's NWA-ORC initiative: Interpreting deep learning models for language, speech & music (InDeep) and Low Resource Chat-based Conversational Intelligence (LESSEN).

Interested in my work ? Also see my Research page.



News

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[Aug 2022] I AM LOOKING FOR A PHD STUDENT...
... to work on Low Resource Chat-based Conversational Intelligence, with a focus on multilinguality-related challenged and opportunities. The position is part of the NWO-funded project LESSEN, which brings together a broad team of Netherlands-based researchers & companies working with in conversational AI.
Application deadline: 2 October 2022. Start date: 1 January 2023. DETAILS HERE
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  • [Apr 2022]   We've restructured the NLP course of the MSc Information Science, adding lots of new practicals and a brand new set of project topics. The course ended yesterday with a 4-hour session of project presentations and a Best Project Award. A big thanks to Gabriele Sarti for embarking in this adventure with me, and to all the students for their enthusiastic participation!
  • [Apr 2022]   We've been awarded a new NWO National Science Agenda grant on Low Resource Chat-based Conversational Intelligence (LESSEN)! Looking forward to collaborating with UvA, Leiden University, Radboud University, Rasa, Bol.com, KPN, and more... See the official news item!
  • [Apr 2022]   Paper published in Computational Linguistics: "UDapter: Typology-based Language Adapters for Multilingual Dependency Parsing and Sequence Labeling", with Ahmet Üstün, Gosse Bouma, and Gertjan van Noord.
  • [Apr 2022]   Paper accepted at LREC: "Evaluating Pre-training Objectives for Low-Resource Translation into Morphologically Rich Languages", with Prajit Dhar and Gertjan van Noord.
  • [Nov 2021]   I travelled to Punta Cana to attend EMNLP and co-chair CoNLL 2021. After many online conferences, it was a great experience! I realized how much we're missing out by not meeting in person, and I really hope this will become possible again -- even if this means re-inventing the format of our conferences.
  • [Nov 2021]   Paper published in TACL: "On the Difficulty of Translating Free-Order Case-Marking Languages", with Ahmet Üstün and Stephan Sportel.