Franciska de Jong has been a full professor of language technology at the University of Twente since 1992. She is also affiliated to the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, where she is director of the Erasmus Studio. She studied Dutch language and literature at the University of Utrecht, did a PhD in theoretical linguistics and started to work on language technology in 1985 at Philips Research where she worked on machine translation.
Currently, her main research interest is in the field of multimedia indexing, text mining, semantic access, cross-language retrieval and the disclosure of cultural heritage collections (in particular, spoken audio archives), and she coordinates a research programme in this area within the Human Media Interaction group.
She is frequently involved in international programme committees, expert groups and review panels, and has initiated a number of EU-projects. In 2001-2003 she was a member of the EU/NSF 'Spoken word archives' working group. She was principal investigator of the NWO-CATCH project Choral (2006-2011) and coordinator of IST project PuppyIR (2009-2012) and she started several international initiatives that build upon CHoral (cf. BalkanVoices). Since 2008 she has been a member of the Governing Board of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).