From January to August 2018, I only worked part-time.

September 2018 – Present
Universiteit van Amsterdam


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

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:

  • 2 guest lectures in Cognitive Models of Language and Music, 2019, University of Amsterdam
  • Guest lecture Proefstudeeren: 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:

  • 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