Kaspar Beelen is a digital historian, who explores the application of machine learning to humanities research. He obtained his PhD in History at the University of Antwerp in 2013, and has since then held various research positions at the University of Toronto, University of Amsterdam and The Alan Turing Institute (London). He currently works as Technical Lead Digital Humanities at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. His research interests comprise the understanding bias in ‘big’ heritage data (specifically historical newspapers) and the application of language models to historical research.

Within impresso, Kaspar provides one of the historical case studies and contributes to the co-design of the impresso web app and data lab.