Marija is a new PhD student in computer science working on automatic speech recognition. Her prior education includes bachelor and master studies in theoretical and applied linguistics with a specialization in phonetics, phonology, and cognitive semantics, as well as master studies in computational cognitive science with an emphasis on machine learning and natural language processing. Her research incorporates linguistic, computational, and statistical analyses of spoken and textual data with the aim of identifying and modeling cognitive processes behind recurring concepts and patterns across languages for the purpose of bringing machines closer to truly understanding natural language.
At ITU, Marija will be working as a PhD student under the supervision of Barbara Plank. Her project is concerned with improving speech recognition for low-resource dialects of Danish and English through a comparative acoustic analysis of their vowel systems.