Tilburg University

The Tilburg School of Humanities has a long tradition of digital humanities research, studying how computers affect our culture and the way we communicate. Most of this research is conducted within the Department of Culture Studies (DCU) and the Department of Communication and Information Science (DCI).

Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Communication Sciences, Culture Studies, Linguistics…

DCI hosts the Tilburg center of Cognition and Communication (TiCC), one of five centers of excellence at Tilburg University. TiCC researchers study human communication and behavior using carefully conducted experiments and surveys, but also using automatic analyses of big data sets. They develop and implement computational and cognitive models and benefit from the recent advances in neural networks and deep learning. These insights are applied in many practical domains, including cultural heritage, education, e-Health, journalism and virtual reality.

DCU participates in Babylon, the Tilburg Center for the Study of Superdiversity. A central theme in this research center is how people with different linguistic and cultural backgrounds express their identities, both offline and online. In general, TSH research on digital humanities is strongly interdisciplinary, bringing together Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Communication Sciences, Culture Studies, Linguistics, among other disciplines.

Relevant projects include

  • Nadine Braun (PhD project, NWO Free Competition) – Expressing emotions in language
  • Claudia Lemos de Carvalho (PhD project) – Gender online Jihadism,
  • Thiago Castro Ferreira (PhD project, SSF) – Variation and consistency in referential choices during text ,
  • Christine Cook (PhD project) – Influence of online social environment on online behavior,
  • Emmelyn Croes (PhD project) – The role of nonverbal information in online communication and its effect on friendships
  • Mirjam de Haas (PhD project, H2020 L2TOR) – Second language tutoring using robots,
  • Moinuddin Haque (PhD project, NWO Natural Artificial Intelligence] – Learning to communicate via social and linguistic interaction
  • Mingyi Hou (PhD project) – Entrepreneurial YouTube users and Weibo political commentators,
  • Akos Kadar (PhD project) – Learning visually grounded meaning representations of linguistic units,
  • Chris van der Lee (PhD project, RAAK/PRO) – Journalism and the automated newsroom,
  • Ying Lu (PhD project) – Usage of emoticons in Computer Mediated Communication ,
  • Ico Maly – New media and politics,
  • Nanne van Noord (PhD project, NWO Revigo) – Simulation models of the ageing of the pigments within paintings (with a focus on Vincent van Gogh)
  • Tom van Nuenen (PhD project) – Scripted journeys: analyses of on line travel discourse
  • Mirjam van Reisen – Globalisation, aging, innovation and care,
  • Martin Reynaert – Developing and analysing textual corpora
  • Max Spotti – Etnography and identity on social media and the web,
  • Piia Varis – Rhetorics and practices of (digital) sharing
  • Sander Wubben (Postdoc, NWO DiscoSumo) – Automatic summarization of online discussions


Prof.dr. Emiel Krahmer – Scientific Director

Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC)
Tilburg School of Humanities
Tilburg University




  • Automatic text and image analysis,
  • Computational psycholinguistics,
  • Computer mediated communication,
  • New media, globalisation, politics,
  • Nonverbal behavior and social signal processing,
  • Online identity and culture,
  • Robo-journalism and natural language generation,
  • Social media analyses.