Currently I am a PhD candidate in statistical machine translation (SMT) in the Information and Language Processing Systems (ILPS) group at the University of Amsterdam. Supervised by Christof Monz and Arianna Bisazza, I work on domain, genre, and topic adaptation, and on improving SMT for informal genres such as dialogues and other low-resource scenarios.
I'm fairly new to the field of SMT, and NLP in general. Before starting my PhD I completed a bachelor's degree in Medical Natural Sciences (a slightly odd name for what is in fact biomedical technology) and a master's degree in Bioinformatics, both at the VU University in Amsterdam. It was during these studies ---and the research internships I did--- that I became enthusiastic about doing research, and decided that I wanted to pursue a PhD.
Besides research, I also like teaching. Back in 2004, I started the mathematics teacher education at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. After a year and a half, however, I realized that it was all too much about teaching, and that I was still craving to gain more knowledge myself. I think it was a wise decision to quit, but I never gave up on teaching: I did private tutoring in mathematics, I gave preparation courses for high school exams in mathematics, and more recently I was a teaching assistant for UvA's data mining course.