Hi! I'm Vagrant, a computational linguist and birder. I am currently 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

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 technical ideas accessibly.

You may have known me under a different name previously but I go by Vagrant now, so please use that. My pronouns are xe/xem and they/them. My title is Mx (pronounced like "mix"). Press the play button to hear my name. If you know the IPA, my name is pronounced like /'veɪ.gɹɘnt.'gaʊ.tʌm/.