April 2020 – Present

Assistant Professor for Natural Language Processing

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Cognitively inspired multilingual processing
August 2019 – April 2020

Maternal Leave

with N. Beinborn

Intense workshops in dedication, time management, and joy.
September 2018 – April 2020


Institute for Logic, Language and Computation

Language in Interaction Project, Big Question 1:
The nature of the mental lexicon: How to bridge neurobiology and psycholinguistic theory by computational modelling?
April 2018 – July 2018
Universität Duisburg-Essen

Interim Professor

Language Technology Lab

Temporal stand-in for Prof. Torsten Zesch:
Artificial intelligence and knowledge-based systems
January 2017 – December 2017

Maternal Leave

with J. Beinborn

Intense workshops in creativity, flexibility and happiness.
September 2015 – March 2018
TU Darmstadt


Ubiquituous Knowledge Processing Lab

Natural language processing and machine learning with an interdisciplinary edge: language learning, digital humanities, and multi-modal processing.
June 2015 – July 2015

Research Internship

Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Large Scale Distributed Language Models
May 2011 – June 2012

Localization Specialist (Language & Translation Competence Center)


Working towards innovative application of translation technology.
August 2008 – August 2010

Research Assistant

German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence

Research assistant in the projects CogX, Euromatrix and Euromatrix Plus

Selected Publications

More Publications

When humans read a text, their eye movements are influenced by the structural complexity of the input sentences. This cognitive …

Determining the relative importance of the elements in a sentence is a key factor for effortless natural language understanding. For …

We analyze if large language models are able to predict patterns of human reading behavior. We compare the performance of …

Multilingual representations have mostly been evaluated based on their performance on specific tasks. In this article, we look beyond …

In this paper, we define and apply representational stability analysis (ReStA), an intuitive way of analyzing neural language models. …

Language proficiency tests are used to evaluate and compare the progress of language learners. We present an approach for automatic …


Sharing my knowledge and encouraging students to pursue research projects matters to me. I am certified with the University Teaching Qualification and have been teaching the following courses:

  • VU Amsterdam:
    Language as Data, 2020 and 2021
    Interpretability of NLP Models, 2021
    Introduction to Natural Language processing, 2020-22
    Text Mining Domains, 2021
    Digital Humanities, 2020

  • Uva Amsterdam:
    Foundations of Neural and Cognitive Modelling, guest lecture, 2020
    Cognitive Models of Language and Music, 2 guest lectures, 2019
    Proefstuderen: Introduction to AI, guest lecture, 2019

  • University of Duisburg-Essen:
    Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, 2018
    Knowledge-based Systems, 2018

  • TU Darmstadt:
    Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing, 2016
    Natural Language Processing and eLearning, practice class, 2013 and 2015

  • Saarland University: Introduction to Computational Linguistics, practice class, 2010

I am an enthusiastic student supervisor. Contact me if you want to do a research project with me.


Many years of my life, playing volleyball had a very high priority. I played in various teams of the first and second national leagues and in the junior national team.

I am certified for teaching German as a foreign language and have been engaged in voluntary teaching activities for migrants. Now, I am a migrant myself trying to learn Dutch.

I like Italian coffee.

photographer: R. Hahn


  • CLTL, 13th floor, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, Netherlands