Alex Brandsen is a Postdoc researcher in Digital Archaeology at the Faculty of Archaeology.
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Alex’ research interests lie at the intersection of Archaeology and Computer Science, with a specific passion for creating useful tools for other archaeologists to further their research. In his Postdoc project, he is using text mining techniques and machine learning to unlock the information hidden in archaeological texts in multiple languages. This will result in an online tool allowing researchers to search through this enormous amount of literature in a detailed and fine grained matter.
Alex enjoys teaching, and has been involved in several courses both at the faculty of Archaeology and LIACS, teaching subjects from databases to machine learning.
Alex Brandsen graduated in Archaeology (BA, Leiden, 2009) and Archaeological Information Systems (MSc, York, 2010). During his time in Leiden and York, he developed a strong interest in developing online systems in archaeology. This culminated in his MSc thesis, in which he developed an online GIS system to view, draw and annotate medieval graffiti on a wall in the York Minster. After having worked in web development for 7 years in the UK, he has returned to the Faculty of Archaeology in 2017 as a PhD candidate in Digital Archaeology. In 2021, he started his Postdoc in the EXALT project.