My undergraduate degree in linguistics at the University of Edinburgh inspired a research interest in sociophonetics and language variation and change, in particular as it relates to place identity.
Since joining the UKRI CDT in NLP, I have become particularly interested in the interaction between language variation and speech technology. More broadly, I am also very interested in how data sets for language research and development of speech and language technologies are designed, collected and documented and how those decisions are reflected in differences in speech technology performance for different speaker/user groups ("bias"). I am also very interested in how users/speakers use them in their everyday life, and how feminist approaches to data science and design such as Data Feminism and Design Justice can be applied to contextualise and mitigate the harms of biased system behaviours.
I was raised in Innsbruck, Austria: