Professor of Language Technology, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Franciska de Jong has been a full Professor of Language Technology at the University of Twente since 1992. She is also affiliated to the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where she is director of the Erasmus Studio. She studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Utrecht, did a PhD in Theoretical Linguistics, and in 1985 started to work on language technology at Philips Research, where she worked on machine translation. Currently her main research interest is in the field of multimedia indexing, text mining, semantic access, cross-language retrieval and the disclosure of cultural heritage collections (in particular, spoken audio archives), and she coordinates a research program in this area within the Human Media Interaction group. She is frequently involved in international program committees, expert groups and review panels, and has initiated a number of EU projects. Since 2008 she has been a member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).