TL;DR: PhD Candidate, Natural Language Processing, Computational Social Science, Language and Society, Language Variation, Facilitating Political Discourse, Looking for Internships!

I am a PhD Candidate at the NLP and Society Lab at Utrecht University with Dong Nguyen. I study social phenomena via natural language processing (NLP) methods using (mostly) social media data. Previously, I completed my master’s and bachelor’s degree at RWTH Aachen University in computer science and mathematics respectively.

drawn Anna research

I am studying language variation (e.g., how people say something as opposed to what they say) and online discussions. Questions I am interested in include: Do people talk in a, to them, specific style? How does style or phrasing affect a conversation? Is it possible to facilitate constructive online discussions? …

Discourse topics I am especially interested in are those where the participating parties have conflicting interests. This can be topics like climate change, pensions or the corona virus.

drawn Anna presents

I presented our paper Does It Capture STEL? A Modular, Similarity-based Linguistic Style Evaluation Framework at EMNLP 2021 (video here). I presented our paper “Detecting Different Forms of Semantic Shift in Word Embeddings via Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Association Changes” at the International Semantic Web Conference 2020 (video here).

Invited Talks: Bocconi University (2021); Complexity Science Hub, Vienna (2020)

My PhD project is funded by EMMA and NWO. This is (among others) a collaboration with Dong Nguyen (UU), Kees van Deemter (UU), Tijs van den Broek and Bianca Beersma in the #Bridging Project.

Interested in doing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Thesis with me? see: Student Projects