Profile

After my studies in Geophysics, Italian Language & Culture and a PhD in Phonetics, I started working for three years at two universities in Germany (Düsseldorf and Ulm). Thereafter. I moved for three years to a commercial enterprise in Brussels: the illustrious TST company Lernout & Hauspie.

By doing so, I entered the world of Language and Speech Technology (TST). A fascinating environment where "technology" is combined with "humanity" in the broadest sense of the word. In my Brussels period, it became clear that I did not want to work in a "purely" commercial environment and that the combination of research and business seemed ideal.
Once back in the Netherlands (1998), this could be achieved because two outstanding applications (University of Twente and ComSys) were both assessed positively within a few days. Since then, I have divided my working life between academia and business. Something else was added in 2009: CLARIN.NL, the Infrastructure for the Humanities Programme. The aim of CLARIN, CLARIAH and since 2019, CLARIAH-PLUS is to standardize both textual sources and tools that can do something with them.

An example is speech recognition: few researchers can simply install a speech recognition expert with an appropriate language model on the computers at work. Also, most text corpora that do not exist without technical help can be converted into a format that is suitable for the recognizer. Clarin aims to create an infrastructure that will enable researchers to make use of the available data and tools without too much technical know-how.

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Curriculum vitae

Arjan van Hessen studied Geophysics (seismic exploration) and Italian Language in Utrecht. As a result of these two studies, he started in 1986 with a PhD research at the department of Phonetics at the University of Utrecht. In 1992 he defended his thesis titled “Discrimination of familiar and unfamiliar speech sounds”. From 1991 to 1993 he worked in Düsseldorf and Ulm (Germany) in the VerbMobil-project. After a short post-doc position in Utrecht (1993/1994), he moved to Lernout&Hauspie (1995 – 1997) in Brussels.

In 1996 he left Belgium to start at the HMI-group at the University of Twente as a researcher in Speech & Language Technology. Because the combination of academic research and business development is so appealing, he started at the same time as manager Speech & Language Technology at ComSys, a software company specialised in IVR applications.

Since 2002 he is working as head of imagination at TeleCats, market leader n the Netherlands in speech enabled  man-machine communication via the telephone.

For the University of Twente he is member of NOTaS: the Dutch Organisation of Speech and Language Technology. In 2004 he became member of the program committee of the Stevin-project: a €11M Flemish-Dutch initiative of the NTU to stimulate the development of Language & Speech Technology for Dutch.

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Key publications

Schouten, M.E.H. & van Hessen, A.J. (1998). Response distributions in intensity resolution and speech discrimination. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 104 (5), (pp. 2980-2990) (11 p.).

All publications
  2017 - Books
Odijk, Jan & Hessen, Arjan van (28.12.2017). CLARIN in the Low Countries. (392 p.). London, UK: Ubiquity Press, DOI: \http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bbi. License: CC-BY 4.0.
  2017 - Book parts / chapters
Odijk, Jan & Hessen, Arjan van (28.12.2017). CLARIN in the Low Countries: Introduction. In Jan Odijk & Arjan van Hessen (Eds.), CLARIN in the Low Countries (pp. 1-9) (9 p.). London, UK: Ubiquity Press, DOI: \http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bbi.1. License: CC-BY 4.0.
Odijk, Jan & Hessen, Arjan van (28.12.2017). Infrastructure for Other Humanities Disciplines: Introduction. In Jan Odijk & Arjan van Hessen (Eds.), CLARIN in the Low Countries (pp. 313-316) (4 p.). London, UK: Ubiquity Press, DOI: \http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/bbi.25. License: CC-BY 4.0.
  2017 - Articles
Odijk, Jan & Hessen, Arjan van (14.12.2017). Kunstmatige Intelligentie in CLARIAH. DIXIT, 14, (pp. 36-37) (2 p.).
  2013 - Lectures
  2011 - Articles in volumes / proceedings
Odijk, J.E.J.M. & van Hessen, A.J. (08.11.2011). Sharing Resources in CLARIN-NL. Proceedings of the Language Resources, Technology and Services in the Sharing Paradigm workshop at IJCNLP 2011 (pp. 98-106) (9 p.). Chiang Mai, Thailand, IJCNLP 2011.
  2011 - Lectures
  2010 - Lectures
A.J. van Hessen (02.12.2010) CLARIN-NL
  2009 - Articles
Heeren, Willemijn, van der Werff, Laurens, de Jong, Franciska, Ordelman, Roeland, Verschoor, Thijs, van Hessen, Arjan & Langelaar, Mies (2009). Easy Listening - Spoken Document Retrieval in CHoral. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 34 (2-3), (pp. 236-252) (17 p.).
  2001 - Articles in volumes / proceedings
Schouten, M.E.H., Gerrits, P.A.M. & van Hessen, A.J. (2001). The end of categorical perception as we know it. In R. Smits, J. Kingston, M.N. Terrance & R. Zondervan (Eds.), Proceedings of the workshop on Speech Recognition as Pattern Classification (pp. 37-42) (6 p.). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institut für Psycholinguistik.
  1999 - Articles
Schouten, M.E.H. & van Hessen, A.J. (1999). Categorical perception as a function of stimulus quality. Phonetica, 56 (1-2), (pp. 56-72) (17 p.).
  1998 - Articles
Schouten, M.E.H. & van Hessen, A.J. (1998). Response distributions in intensity resolution and speech discrimination. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 104 (5), (pp. 2980-2990) (11 p.).
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Project:
CLARIAH - Infrastructure for the Humanities
03.08.2015 to 21.12.2018
General project description 

Common Lab Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities (CLARIAH) is a distributed research infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences. The CLARIAH infrastructure will provide researchers with access to large collections of digital data and to innovative and user-friendly applications for the processing of these data. Both the data and applications will be managed in a sustainable manner so that they can also be useful in the future for researchers: from literary researchers, historians and archaeologists to linguists, speech technologists and media scientists.


The project CLARIAH-CORE (2015-2018) designs, implements and exploits the Dutch part of the European CLARIN and DARIAH infrastructures. The wishes of future users take centre stage. Workshops, summer schools and demonstrators reveal which research possibilities the available data and tools offer, thereby increasing the involvement of the intended users.


CLARIAH is on the National Roadmap for Large- Scale Research Facilities drawn up by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). After the CLARIAH-SEED project (2013-2014) the CLARIAH-CORE project was awarded M€ 12.6.

Role Researcher
Individual project description

Director User Involvement

Funding
Other: FEZ-gelden
Project members UU

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Additional functions and activities

Onderzoeker UTwente (Taal- en Spraaktechnologie)
Head of Imagination Telecats BV
Voorzitter Stichting Levende Herinneringen
Bestuurslid NOTaS

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