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I was a guest at the Dutch late night show ‘Pauw’ on October 31, 2017 to talk about the Asibot project. Check out the video:


This video about Asibot was produced by the Dutch Broadcast Foundation (NOS op 3) which is a 60-second news bulletin aimed at teenagers and young adults. Check out the video:


Recent Publications

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. Synthetic Literature: Writing Science Fiction in a Co-Creative Process. Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Creativity in Natural Language Generation (CC-NLG 2017), 29-37, 2017.

PDF Code Project

. Retelling Stories: A Computational-Evolutionary Perspective. PhD Thesis, Radboud University, Nijmegen, 2016.

PDF Project

. Authenticating the Writings of Julius Caesar. Expert Systems With Applications 63 (2016): 86-96, 2016.


Recent & Upcoming Talks

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Keynote @ DH Benelux 2018
Jun 6, 2018
De techniek achter AsiBot, de literaire robot
Nov 20, 2017
Topic Modeling Kpop
Oct 13, 2017


Changing Song Traditions

The proposed research is aimed at providing a cultural evolutionary account of how song and music traditions live and die. What makes some of them stick, thrive, or go extinct? Finding answers to these questions serves to further our understanding of the fundamental and more general question of how to explain prevalent culture, in which some cultural artifacts are more likely to survive than others (see e.g., Sperber 1996).

Humanities Programming

With the recent rise of computational approaches to analysing culture, large audiences of younger scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences are confronted with the need to understand and integrate computational methodologies in their scholarly work. However, they often lack the theoretical insights to evaluate which methodologies are needed for their purposes, or they lack the technical skills to tackle such an undertaking. Together with colleagues like Mike Kestemont and Allen Riddell, I attempt to remedy this situation by developing course materials, workshops, trainings and tutorials on programming and data analysis for the humanities and allied social sciences.


To what extent can neural network text generation systems be of aid to professional writers? In the Asibot project, we collaborated with award-winning author Ronald Giphart to find out.


The hypothesis of this project is that tunes and tales both consist of motif sequences acting as vehicles of oral transmission. First, a computer program will be developed for the automatic recognition of motifs in large amounts of data. Secondly, generative models will be created to simulate oral transmission including the inherent variation. This model will be able to predict the occurrence of variable motif patterns in oral tradition over time.

Skills Training 'Introduction to Programming'
Dec 4, 2017 - Dec 8, 2017
Topic Modelling - An Empirical Approach to Theme Detection
Oct 13, 2017 - Oct 13, 2017
Python voor Geesteswetenschappers
Oct 11, 2017 - Oct 11, 2017