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Freya Hewett

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.

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Researcher: AI & Society Lab

Journal articles and conference proceedings

Hewett, F., & Stede, M. (2021). Automatically evaluating the conceptual complexity of German texts. Proceedings of the 17th Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS 2021), 228–234. Publication details

Other publications

Hewett, F., & Stede, M. (2021). Lexica corpus, . Publication details

Hewett, F., & Nenno, S. (2021). How to identify bias in Natural Language Processing. Digital society blog. Publication details

Lectures and presentations

AI in the public interest: What does this mean and how can be build it?
Gesellschaft für Informatik: #KICamp21. Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.. online, Berlin, Germany: 24.02.2022 Further information

Theresa Züger, Hadi Asghari, Freya Hewett, Judith Fassbender, Jakob Stolberg-Larsen

Automatically evaluating the conceptual complexity of German texts
KONVENS 2021 (Session: Automatically evaluating the conceptual complexity of German texts). German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology, the Special Interest Group on Computational Linguistics of the German Linguistic Society and the Austrian Society for Artificial Intelligence. Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf, Germany: 09.09.2021 Further information

Freya Hewett

Participation as expert

Stakeholder-Dialog – Ethik der Digitalisierung
Stakeholder-Dialog – Ethik der Digitalisierung Stakeholder-Dialog – Ethik der Digitalisierung Berkman Klein Center, Digital Asia Hub. Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society, Berlin, Germany: 06.10.2021 Further information

Vincent Hofmann, Freya Hewett, Georg von Richthofen, Adrian Kopps, Bronwen Deacon, Matthias C. Kettemann, Wolfgang Schulz

Explainable AI
Explainable AI Research Clinic – Explainable AI Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Coconat Gutshof, Bad Belzig, Germany: 08.09.2021 Further information

Vincent Hofmann, Jakob Stolberg-Larsen, Freya Hewett, Matthias C. Kettemann, Wolfgang Schulz, Theresa Züger