My name is Peter Dekker, I studied Artificial Intelligence at the University of Utrecht (BSc) and the University of Amsterdam (MSc). My research interest is the application of computational methods, such as machine learning methods, to linguistics, specifically historical linguistics. I currently work as a systems developer at the Dutch Language Institute, working on collection and processing of language data, among others via crowdsourcing. From november 1st, 2019, I will start as a PhD student at the AI lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, with prof. Bart de Boer, to work on agent models of speech.
In 2018, I published by master’s thesis on machine learning and historical linguistics, titled Reconstructing language ancestry by performing word prediction with neural networks.