Peter Dekker
Pleinlaan 9, 1050 Brussels, 3rd floor

Peter Dekker

PhD Student


I am a PhD student at the AI lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, with prof. Bart de Boer, on agent models of language change.

My research interest is the application of computational methods, such as agent-based models and machine learning methods, to answer questions about language change and the ancestry of languages. I studied Artificial Intelligence at Utrecht University (BSc) and the University of Amsterdam (MSc), where I wrote my MSc thesis Reconstructing language ancestry by performing word prediction with neural networks. I previously worked as a systems developer at the Dutch Language Institute, on collection and processing of language data, among others via crowdsourcing.