Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
De Boelelaan 1081A
I am a PhD student in the User Centric Data Science
group at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, under the supervision of prof.dr. Lora Aroyo
My research focuses on understanding events and their semantic representation across various data types (text, image, video) and different domains (history, politics). This also includes understanding the role of events with respect to other types of entities, such as places, people, time expressions, as well as detecting their contextual relevance, salience or novelty. To realize this, I apply a number of computer science technologies, such as, natural language processing (NLP), semantic modeling, human computation, machine learning.
During my PhD I was awarded two times the IBM PhD Fellowship (2016-2017, 2017-2018).
I perform my research in the context of two projects:
CrowdTruth: novel approach for crowdsourcing ground truth data by harnessing the inter-annotator disagreement, i.e, representing the diversity of human interpretations, instead of enforcing agreement between annotators. The project was developed in collaboration with IBM.
DIVE+: a linked-data digital collection browser aimed at providing an integrated and interactive access to multimedia objects from various heterogeneous online collections. As part of the DIVE+ project I'm also involved in Clariah (Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities). In this research infrastructure, next to other media studies research tools, DIVE+ aims at supporting the media studies researchers and scholars by providing access to digital data and tools.