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Dieuwke Hupkes

Postdoc and scientific manager of the ELLIS Amsterdam unit, interested in structures in language

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Room F3.260
Science Park 904
1098 XH Amsterdam

Curriculum Vitae

About me


My name is Dieuwke Hupkes. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam, and the scientific manager of the Amsterdam unit of ELLIS. Before that, I did my PhD at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC),under supervision of Willem Zuidema.

In my dissertation – titled Hierarchy and interpretability in neural models of language processing – I studied artificial neural networks for natural language processing, with as main aim to understand what they may teach us about processing of structure. While artificial neural networks are of course far from the real brain, I hope that understanding the principles by which they can encode and process structure can teach us something that will lead to a better understanding of how language is processed by the human brain.

Already quite a while ago, I started my journey in academia studying physics. At some point, I had to admit that although I think physics is very interesting and I love abstract systems, my true passion is really the beautifully complex system that is natural language. While doing a master in Logic at the University of Amsterdam I was very lucky to discover the field of computational linguistics. I am still very glad that I got the chance to have a job that allows me to try to find answers to the questions that intrigue me most.

In my free time, I spend a lot of time training for pole dancing competitions. In 2018, my duo-partner Suzy and I won the national championships! Curious what it looks like? Have a look at our Instagram, or check our performance at the World’s in 2018!


  • August 29, 2020 – Jelle Zuidema and I were interviewed by Trouw, the resulting two page (!) article appeared today!

  • July 9, 2020 – Check out this nice blog post that Iris Proff wrote about me and my research!

  • June 17, 2020 – In a hybrid virtual - physical setting, I finally got my title! It was an interesting experience, many thanks to those of you that were there, virtually or physically. You can find my dissertation here.

  • June 5, 2020 – In less than two weeks – on June 17, 13 o’clock, I will defend my dissertation. Due to the stange circumstances, it will be held online. Curious? It will be streamed on Youtube!

  • January 24, 2020 – I submitted my doctorate dissertation! I’m very much looking forward to the next steps.

  • November 15, 2019 – Today I gave a presentation at the University of Utrecht. Thanks Denis Paperno for inviting me, and thanks to the audience for asking so many interesting questions!

  • November 4, 2019 – My paper with Jaap Jumelet and Willem Zuidema got an honourable mention at CoNLL2019!

  • October 25, 2019 – There will be a next edition of BlackboxNLP next year at EMNLP’2020!

  • October 8, 2019 – On my way to Baltimore for a visit to John’s Hopkins! Thanks to Tal Linzen and Chris Honey for inviting me :).

  • October 4, 2019 – Together with Willem Zuidema, I’m interviewing Alexandru Baltag today at the ILLC open Day!

  • October 1, 2019 – I decided to make a news section on my homepage! First piece of news: Today I’m speaking at the Computational Cognition workshop in Instabruck!

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