I’m a Lecturer at Tilburg University, as well as a PhD candidate doing research for both the Department of Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at Tilburg and CLiPS at the University of Antwerp under the supervision of Eric Postma, Grzegorz Chrupała, and Walter Daelemans. I previously taught Text Mining and Spatiotemporal Data Analysis and currently teach Data Processing (Python) and Data Mining in the context of our Data Science master, and before that worked for the AMiCA project. My previous research involved scientific development of tools for text forensics and online security such as detection of cyberbullying and child grooming, and author profiling. Currently, I’m finishing my dissertation which mainly focuses on privacy and machine-driven security; or how to apply Machine Learning to protect users from exposing latent information through their language use.
I'm interested in the effect of intelligent systems on our lives. Systems that uncover our personal information, monitor and change our behavior, subtly restrict our exposure to information, and treat us unfairly. My current research focuses on the dual-use of computational stylometry; a field that aims to infer information from writing for good, proving harmfully invasive at the same time. My dissertation works toward developing open-source tools to better understand, and defend against such techniques invading one's privacy.