Full professor, Centre for Language Studies and CIW,
Faculty of Arts, Radboud University Nijmegen

Member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences

Ph +31 24 3611647
a.vandenbosch (at) let.ru.nl

Address

visiting
Radboud University Nijmegen
Erasmusgebouw, room E4.05
Erasmusplein 1
6525 HT Nijmegen
The Netherlands

postal
Faculty of Arts, CIW
Radboud University Nijmegen
P.O. Box 9103
NL-6500 HD Nijmegen
The Netherlands

Research interests

In my research I develop machine learning and language technology. Most of my work involves the intersection of the two fields: computers that learn to understand and generate natural language. Specific interests include memory-based learning, machine translation, the relation between written and spoken language, text mining, the Dutch language, computational humanities, and cultural heritage. My CV has more detailed information.

Publications

 
   

Affiliations

As of September 1, 2011, I am full professor at Radboud University Nijmegen, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, within the Centre for Language Studies, co-leading the Language and Speech Technology research group. I am also a member of the department of Communication and Information Sciences of the Faculty of Arts.

I am guest professor at CLiPS, the Computational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics Research Centre at the University of Antwerp. I used to be at the ILK Research Group at Tilburg University, where I remain a collaborator in various projects. I am humanities integrator at the Netherlands eScience Center, fellow of the Donders Institute, and member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Writings & media

  • Taal in uitvoering, inaugural address, Radboud University Nijmegen, November 9, 2012
  • Het volgende woord, inaugural address, Tilburg University, October 10, 2008 (animations shared on YouTube)
  • A video of a recent lecture I gave on analogical models of language and Royal Skousen, at a TiCC lunch meeting, May 18, 2011.

Current research projects


Video introducing and explaining the TwiNL project

Recent projects

Current Ph.D. students

Former (co-)supervised students

Software

Aside from papers and dissertations, our projects tend to produce software. We make a point of maximizing the availability of this software by releasing the best software projects under open source licenses. Some of our software, such as Timbl and Frog, is packaged and available in Debian Science. Other packages, particularly the ones that perform some natural language processing function, are available as webservices, usually with a web interface.

    Valkuil.net, our context-sensitive spelling corrector for Dutch

As part of past and ongoing projects with many colleagues I was involved in developing the following software:

Natural language processing

  • Frog: Dutch tagger-lemmatizer, morphological analyzer, and dependency parser. With the Frog development team.
  • Valkuil.net and Fowlt.net: Dutch and English context-sensitive spelling correctors. With Maarten van Gompel, Wessel Stoop, Tanja Gaustad van Zaanen, and Monica Hajek.
  • PBMBMT: Phrase-based memory-based machine translation. With Maarten van Gompel.
  • Mbt: Memory-based tagger-generator and tagger. With Ko van der Sloot, Jakub Zavrel, and Walter Daelemans.
  • WOPR: Memory-based word prediction, language modeling, and spelling correction. Main developer: Peter Berck.

Machine Learning

  • Timbl: Tilburg memory-based learner. With Ko van der Sloot, Walter Daelemans, and Jakub Zavrel.
  • Dimbl: Distributed Timbl, parallel k-NN classification on multi-CPU machines. Programmer: Ko van der Sloot.
  • Timpute: TiMBL-wrapper for internal database correction through imputation. Programmer: Steve Hunt.
  • paramsearch: automatic parameter optimization for various machine learning algorithms.
  • Fambl: Family-based learner, a generalized-example k-NN classifier. Reference guide.

a.vandenbosch@let.ru.nl