I am an assistant professor in computational linguistics and a VENI laureate since September 2016. My research focuses on the statistical modeling of natural languages, with the main goal of improving the quality of machine translation for challenging language pairs.

Interested in my work ? See my Research page.


  • [Sep 2018]   I am on maternity leave starting from 31 August 2018.
  • [Aug 2018]   Two short papers accepted at EMNLP 2018: "The importance of Being Recurrent for Modeling Hierarchical Structure" with K. Tran and C. Monz. "The Lazy Encoder: A Fine-Grained Analysis of the Role of Morphology in NMT" with C. Tump.
  • [Aug 2018]   Extended abstract accepted at EMNLP18 BlackboxNLP Workshop: "Does Syntactic Knowledge in Multilingual Language Models Transfer Across Languages?" with P. Dhar.
  • [Jun 2018]   My new PhD student has finally joined me at LIACS: Welcome Prajit Dhar!
  • [May 2018]   Invited speaker at the CL Seminar Series of the ILLC (University of Amsterdam).
  • [Apr 2018]   I am going to be area co-chair for EMNLP 2018 (MT and Multilingual NLP).
  • [Apr 2018]   Invited speaker at the TiCC Colloquium (Tilburg University).
  • [Mar 2018]   Keynote speaker at AMTA 2018 (Conference of the Association for Machine Translation in the Americas).
  • [Feb 2018]   Invited speaker at the ILCC seminar series (University of Edinburgh).
  • [Dec 2017]   Our paper on Neural versus phrase-based MT quality is now available as an extended journal article on Computer Speech & Language, with L. Bentivogli, M, Cettolo and M. Federico.
  • [Dec 2017]   Two papers accepted at LREC 2018: "Examining the Tip of the Iceberg: A Data Set for Idiom Translation" with M. Fadaee and C. Monz. "Evaluation of Machine Translation Performance Across Multiple Genres and Languages" with M. van der Wees and C. Monz.
  • [Nov 2017]   Invited speaker at the Finnish Workshop on Machine Translation (FinMT 2017).

PhD students

  • Prajit Dhar (2018-)
  • Ke Tran (2013-), co-supervised with Christof Monz
  • Marlies van der Wees (2013-2017), co-supervised with Christof Monz
  • Marzieh Fadaee (2015-), co-supervised with Christof Monz

MSc/BSc students

  • Sharon Gieske (2017), MSc of AI (UvA), co-supervised with Christof Monz
  • Clara Tump (2017), BSc of AI (UvA)
  • Sanne Eggengoor (2017), BSc of AI (UvA)
  • Manon Schriever (2017), BSc of AI (UvA)