Freya Hewett joined the ‘Public Interest AI’ research project at the Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society in January 2021. Her research is focused primarily on AI related to language and linguistics.
During her Bachelor’s in Italian and English Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin, Freya specialised in sociolinguistics and wrote her thesis on conversation analysis in Italian WhatsApp messages. She then continued her studies at the University Potsdam, with the Master’s program Cognitive Systems, and completed modules on machine learning, computational linguistics and logical programming. Her thesis was on the automatic assessment of text complexity, with a specific focus on the conceptual complexity in German texts.
Prior to working at HIIG, Freya was a student assistant at the Department for Romance Languages at the University Potsdam and worked on projects related to Open Data and Digital Humanities.
Her dissertation examines how computational methods can be used in the context of text complexity, with the goal to make written texts more accessible using automated methods.
Researcher: AI & Society Lab