Public defense phd Simon Hengchen


The first phd-research in the context of the TIC-project is about to be finished and will be defended december 6th 2017 at the VUB, room D2.01 from 9h30.


Simon's PhD focusses on semantic change -- the change of meaning. Utilising methods from such areas as computer science and computational linguistics with a digital humanities mindset, Simon developed a novel approach to semi-automatically detect semantic change in historical, OCRed texts. His method harnesses the computational advances offered by newer, "black box", technologies but still allows human (expert) input at every decision-making step. It is illustrated by a case study on Flemish newspaper Vooruit.