Walter Daelemans

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Walter Daelemans
Born (1960-06-03)June 3, 1960
Deurne (Antwerp), Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Alma mater Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Known for Memory-based learning, Stylometry
Scientific career
Fields Computational Linguistics
Institutions University of Antwerp, Tilburg University
Thesis Studies in Language Technology: An Object-Oriented Computer Model of Morpho-phonological Aspects of Dutch (1987)
Doctoral advisor Flip Droste, Gerard Kempen

Walter Daelemans (born June 3, 1960) is professor in computational linguistics at the University of Antwerp. He is also a research director of the Computational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics Research Center (CLiPS).[1]

Daelemans pioneered the use of machine learning techniques, especially memory-based learning, in natural language processing in Europe in the early 1990s. Together with Antal van den Bosch he wrote the book Memory-Based Language Processing [2] and developed the software package TiMBL.[3] This was during his time as a professor at Tilburg University where he founded the research group Induction of Linguistic Knowledge (ILK).

In 2003 he was elected Fellow of ECCAI (the European Coordinating Committee for Artificial Intelligence), “for pioneering work in the field of Artificial Intelligence and outstanding service for the European Artificial Intelligence Community”.[4] In 2014, he was named a fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics.[5]


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  2. ^ Daelemans, W. & van den Bosch, A. (2005). Memory-Based Language Processing. Cambridge University Press.
    Book reviews:
    • Nicolas Stroppa (2006). "Walter Daelemans and Antal van den Bosch, Memory-Based Language Processing". Machine Translation. 20 (2): 143–145. doi:10.1007/s10590-006-9006-6.
    • Sandra Kuebler (2006). Computational Linguistics. 32 (4): 559–561. Missing or empty |title= (help)
    • Francois Yvon (2005). Traitement Automatique des Langues. 46 (2). Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Daelemans, W., Zavrel, J., Van der Sloot, K., & Van den Bosch, A. (2010). "TiMBL: Tilburg Memory Based Learner, version 6.3, Reference Guide". ILK Research Group Technical Report Series. 10-01.
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  5. ^ "ACL Fellows". ACL Wiki. Retrieved 15 August 2017.