I’m interested in semantic parsers, i.e. programs for mapping natural-language text to formal meaning representations that computers can reason with. Specifically, my PhD project deals with methods to automatically and systematically transfer existing deep semantic parsers from English to other languages via parallel corpora, thereby bridging technology gaps between languages.
I’m also involved in building the Groningen Meaning Bank, a large text corpus annotated with formal meaning representations. My work on it to date includes research on corpus building infrastructure, text normalization and quantifier scope annotation, inter alia.
Before coming to Groningen in 2011, I did a B.A. and an M.A. in the International Studies in Computational Linguistics program in Tübingen (Germany). In between, I spent a semester at the UFR de Linguistique in Paris (France). I grew up in Düsseldorf (Germany).