Experience

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

 
 
 
 
 
September 2018 – Present
Universiteit van Amsterdam

Researcher

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
Frankfurt

Maternal Leave

with J. Beinborn

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

Researcher

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
Trento

Research Internship

Fondazione Bruno Kessler

Large Scale Distributed Language Models
 
 
 
 
 
May 2012 – June 2013
Frankfurt

Localization Specialist

Global Language & Translation Competence Center, Nestlé Globe

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

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 …

Teaching

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 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

And…

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.

Contact

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