Full First Name(s)
Menno Matthias
Title (honorific)
Academic Qualifications
PhD (2002, Leeds University, England); MA (1998, University of Amsterdam, Netherland); MSc (1997, Vrije University, Netherland); PGCHE (2008, Macquarie University, Australia)
Brief Biography (English)

As a Professor in Digital Humanities, Prof Menno van Zaanen is particularly interested in incorporating the use of computational techniques in the field of Humanities. His PhD in the area of computer science dealt with building systems that learn (linguistic) grammars from plain sequences (sentences). These empirical grammatical inference systems result in patterns that can be used for further analysis of the data, for instance, in applied machine learning, computational linguistics, or computational musicology. During his MA in computational linguistics and MSc in computer science studies, he used techniques from the one field and applied it to situations in the other, such as proofing tools and error correction, machine translation, and multi-modal information retrieval. Such techniques can be applied to Humanities data, but for them to be fully successful, the results still need to be interpreted in the context of Humanities.

Job Title
Professor in Digital Humanities
Primary Organisation
South African Centre for Digital Language Resources
Website Address for Primary Organisation
African Country
Other (non-African)
African Region
Other (non-African)
Non-African country/countries of residing and working (present & past)
Australia, Netherlands

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