Research Experience

Work Experience

09/2017 – present Associate professor at the Department of Languages, Literature and Communication, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
11/2012 – present Associate professor at the Department of Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

11/2010 – present Research fellow at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.
11/2010 – 10/2012 Postdoctoral fellow at the Adaptive Listening Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

  • Project: ‘Flexible ears: How adaptable is the speech recognition system of older listeners?’ (funded by the fellowship from the MaxNetAging Research School).
08/2010 – 10/2010 Visiting researcher at the Language Comprehension Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
12/2006 – 07/2010 Post-doc at the Department of Language and Speech, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

11/2005 – 10/2006 Visiting scholar at the Department of Computer Science, University of Sheffield, UK; Supervisor Roger K. Moore.

  • Talent-project (funded by the stipend from NWO).
07/2005 – 11/2005 Post-doc at the Department of Language and Speech, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
01/2001 – 06/2005 Department of Language and Speech, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, in close collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands:

  • PhD student – project title ‘Psycholinguistically plausible automatic speech recognition’
06/2004 – 08/2004 Spoken Language Systems Group, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, MIT, Cambridge, MA, USA:

  • Visiting researcher; worked with dr Stephanie Seneff on the handling of out-of-vocabulary words in the context of large vocabulary automatic speech recognition
05/2002 – 06/2002 Medical Research Council – Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK:

  • Visiting researcher; worked with dr Dennis Norris on the implementation of SpeM: Speech based Model of Human Speech Recognition
04/2000 – 12/2000 Department of Language and Speech, University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands:

  • Junior researcher within the framework of the European project SMADA in the field of automatic speech recognition

Professional memberships

  • 2017 – present Member of the Board of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)
  • 2017 – present Member of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL)
  • 2016 – present Member of the sounding board of associate professors of the Landelijk Netwerk Vrouwelijke hoogleraren (Dutch Network of Women Professors)
  • 2013 – present Member of the Landelijk Netwerk Vrouwelijke hoogleraren (Dutch Network of Women Professors)
  • 2000 – present Member of the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA)

Workshops/Conferences

09/2018 Area coordinator “Speech Perception, Production and Acquisition” at Interspeech 2018, Hyderabad, India.
08/2017 Co-organisation of The second workshop for Young Female Researchers in Speech Science & Technology (YFRSW), Stockholm, Sweden.
08/2017 Area coordinator “Speech Perception, Production and Acquisition” at Interspeech 2017, Stockholm, Sweden.
10/2016 Co-organisation and chair of the Second Workshop on Psycholinguistic Approaches to Speech Recognition in Adverse Conditions, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
09/2016 Area coordinator “Speech Perception, Production and Acquisition” at Interspeech 2016, San Francisco, CA.
01/2016 Co-organisation of the ‘Speech Processing in Realistic Environments’ (SPIRE) workshop, a satellite event of the SPIN conference, Groningen, The Netherlands.
09/2015 Area coordinator “Speech Perception, Production and Acquisition” at Interspeech 2015, Dresden, Germany.
10/2012 Co-organisation of the INSPIRE workshop on Human speech recognition: aging, cognitive load, and individual differences, Berg en Dal, The Netherlands.
09/2008 Co-organisation of the ‘Consonant Challenge‘, a special session at Interspeech 2008, Brisbane, Australia, in collaboration with Martin Cooke (then: University of Sheffield, UK).
02/2008 Co-organisation of the S2S workshop on Examplars and Abstraction, Huissen, the Netherlands.
11/2003 Organisation of the ‘Innovative approaches bridging automatic and human speech recognition’ workshop, Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Other (Professional)

2015 – present Board member of the TRAP network (Temporary Academic Personnel of the Radboud University), Radboud University Nijmegen.
01/07/2013 Opponent in the PhD defense of Vanessa Lobo, Radboud University NIjmegen.
14/06/2013 Single opponent in the PhD defense of Okko Räsänen, Aalto University, Aalto, Finland.
14/01/2013 Second opponent in the PhD defense of Line Adde, “A Discriminative Approach to Pronunciation Variation Modeling in Speech Recognition”, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway.
01/2012 – 12/2015 Senior researcher within the Marie Curie Initial Training Network: INSPIRE.
05/2007 – 01/2011 Senior researcher within the Marie Curie Training Network: Sound to Sense.
05/2007 – 12/2009 Workshop manager within the Marie Curie Training Network: Sound to Sense.

Occasional reviewer for various journals, including:

  • National Science Foundation, USA
  • Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
  • Speech Communication
  • Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics
  • Memory and Cognition
  • Computer, Speech and Language
  • Language and Speech
  • IEEE Signal Processing Letters
  • IEEE Transactions on Audio, Speech and Language Processing
  • International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) series
  • International Interspeech Conference series
  • International NAACL-HLT Conference series
  • International AMLaP workshop series
  • International Wocci workshop series