I work(ed) part-time in the first half of 2018 and in 2020.

April 2020 – Present

Assistant Professor for Text Mining

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

Substitute 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 2012 – June 2013

Localization Specialist

Global Language & Translation Competence Center, Nestlé Globe

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

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

Language-brain encoding experiments evaluate the ability of language models to predict brain responses elicited by language stimuli. …

This survey discusses how recent developments in multimodal processing facilitate conceptual grounding of language. We categorize the …

How can we compute with words? Natural Language Processing is a research field focused on developing mathematical and computational …

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 female and male students to pursue research projects matters to me. I completed module 1 of the certificate for university didactics and have been teaching the following courses:

  • Lecture series and practice class: Natural Language Processing Technology, 2020, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (with Antske Fokkens)
  • 2 guest lectures in Cognitive Models of Language and Music, 2019, University of Amsterdam
  • Guest lecture Proefstuderen: Introduction to AI, 2019, University of Amsterdam
  • Lecture series: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence, 2018, University of Duisburg Essen
  • Lecture series and practice class: Knowledge-based Systems, 2018, University of Duisburg Essen
  • Lecture series and practice class: Deep Learning for Natural Language Processing, 2016, TU Darmstadt
  • Practice class: Natural Language Processing and eLearning, 2015 and 2013, TU Darmstadt
  • Practice class: Introduction to Computational Linguistics, 2010, Saarland University

I have (co-)supervised the following students:

  • Ece Takmaz, Master’s thesis: Enhancing neural image captioning with eye-tracking
  • Jochem Hölscher, Bachelor’s thesis: Scanning for statistical laws of semantic change
  • Evi Hendrikx, research project: Analyzing the representation of language stimuli in fMRI data
  • Rochelle Choenni, research assistant: Evaluating language–brain encoding experiments
  • Haixia Liu, research project: Automatic image captioning
  • Pedro Bispo Santos, research project: Domain-agnostic opinion prediction on speech
  • Teresa Botschen, research project: Multi-task neural networks for language processing
  • Jens Hase, research assistant: Developing a testing interface for the language centre of TU Darmstadt
  • Lionel Born, Fabian Rokohl, student project: Building an adaptable web portal for language learning
  • Tobias Horsmann, Master’s thesis: Determining context with low ambiguity for cloze tests
  • Rouven Röhrig, Master’s thesis: Standardization of phrases in technical documentation
  • Georgi Valkanov, Master’s thesis: Generation of entity sets for odd-one-out questions


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.


  • Room F2.10, Building F, Science Park 107, 1098 XG Amsterdam, Netherlands