Miikka Silfverberg is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Linguistics at UBC since 2020. He is a computational linguist and received his PhD from the University of Helsinki in 2016. Miikka is foremost a computational morphologist which means that he studies computational processing of word structure. He is interested in understanding how neural networks can learn linguistic structure and how this structure is represented in their internal memory. For example, Miikka has studied the kind of phonetic representations that neural networks learn when they are trained to inflect words. Additionally, Miikka develops tools for natural language processing of underserved languages, for example the First Nations languages of Canada. He recently received a SSHRC grant for resource development for two First Nations languages of British Columbia: Gitksan and Lillooet. For further information, check Miikka’s personal website.