Tessa Verhoef is assistant professor in the Media Technology program. She co-founded the Creative Intelligence Lab (CIL) with Max van Duijn and conducts research at the intersection of language, cognition, cultural evolution and computation.
After finishing a BSc and MSc in Artificial Intelligence, she obtained her PhD in Language Evolution at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) she was a postdoc at the University of California, San Diego, where she conducted her NWO Rubicon research at the Center for Research in Language (CRL) and became a Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) fellow at the departments of Communication and Electrical and Computer Engineering.
During her PhD, Tessa developed methods to simulate cultural evolution of linguistic structure through experiments with human participants as well as agent-based computer models.
Her on-going research models the combined influence of cognitive biases and learning on emerging languages in various domains including gesture, cross-modal perception and space-time cognition. In addition, she loves building robots and her most recent activities involve new studies in human-machine interaction, synchronization and machine learning. Besides developing and running studies in the lab, she designs live exhibits to bring scientific questions, experiments and lectures to museums and festivals.
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