Welcome to my home page. I am currently a PhD student at the University of Edinburgh, where I am working in the ILCC and CSTR institutes within the School of Informatics. I am supervised by Sharon Goldwater, Aren Jansen and Simon King. Before starting my PhD, I worked with Thomas Niesler at the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
My main interests are in machine learning, speech processing, natural language processing and signal processing. I’m particularly interested in how much a computer can discover about language without any supervision. Can a machine that is presented with a large set of unlabelled data learn (some form) of a language? Can an algorithm find meaningful units and structures in a corpus of speech audio, with only minimal guidance? These questions are central when building language and speech processing systems in low- and zero-resource settings.