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.


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    I will start working at the University of Groningen as of 1st September 2019
  • [Aug 2019]   Keynote speaker at MtSummit 2019 in Dublin.
  • [Aug 2019]   I am attending a super interesting Lorentz Workshop on Compositionality in Brains and Machines in Leiden.
  • [Aug 2019]   Invited speaker at the ACL-BlackboxNLP 2019 workshop in Florence.
  • [Apr 2019]   Poster accepted at CogSci 2019: "Compositionality in Emerging Multi-agent Languages: Marrying Language Evolution and Natural Language Processing" with K. Sommer, J. Perris, T. Verhoef.
  • [Mar 2019]   Area co-chair for ACL 2019 (Machine Translation).
  • [Sep 2018]   I was on maternity leave from August 2018 to January 2019 and worked half time until June 2019.
  • [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!