Welcome to my personal page! My name is Kim Schouten and I am a PhD candidate at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Although my educational background is in Economics and Informatics, in which I hold both a Bachelor and Master degree, I am truly fascinated by the phenomenon of language. It is remarkable how we humans are able to employ language to achieve our goals, ranging from things as mundane as shopping, chatting, or reading a newspaper, to politics, philosophy, art, and science. This fascination has led me to focus both my Bachelor and Master thesis on natural language processing with a twist towards practical economic applications.

The paradox that drives me in my research is the fact that while even children are already very proficient in using language, the most sophisticated machine by far does not approximate that basic level of functionality. How can it be that we are wired to process language so efficiently, but are not able to wire a machine to do the same? During my research I hope to contribute to solving this problem, so that in the future we are able to communicate freely between both people and machines. It is good to dream...

"Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly."
-- Langston Hughes