Hi! I'm Vasundhara, your friendly neighbourhood computational linguist and birder.

I'm about to be a computer science PhD student at Saarland University in Germany. Before this I worked for over 2 years in industry as a Speech Recognition Engineer at Dialpad in Canada. I have a BSc in Computing Science and Linguistics from Simon Fraser University, where I also worked at an experimental phonology lab and a discourse processing lab.

My research interests include:

  • multilingual and multi-user language and speech processing
  • phonetics and phonology
  • low-resource settings

I hope to combine these interests in my PhD research and study compact, linguistically motivated speaker representations that would be applied at decode time to improve speech recognition for speakers of nonstandard varieties of spoken languages and/or with disordered speech.

My philosophy on science is that it should do good in the world and actively include those outside the ivory tower. Science communication is an integral part of the science I want to do, which includes engaging the public with my work and communicating complex ideas accessibly.

My pronouns are xe/xem and they/them. Press the play button to hear my name. If you know the IPA, I pronounce my name like [vʌ'sũn.d̪ʱə.ɾaː.'gaʊ.t̪ʌm] and will accept your best approximation of /vʌ'sʊn.da.ra.'gaʊ.tam/.

Vasundhara smiling at the camera holding Laszlo, a striped 5-month old kitten. Laszlo is a striped tabby x shorthair kitten and his owners Danica and Seb suspect that he probably also has some Bengal cat in him. Vasundhara is brown-skinned and has short curly black hair with a side buzz. Xe has a nose ring and a septum ring and is wearing a grey t-shirt. Laszlo's paws hang over xyr left arm and he looks very soft.
Me, circa 2021