Faculty of Linguistics and Literature
I'm Professor of Applied Computational Linguistics at Bielefeld University. My main research interest is in language use and verbal interaction. I study instances of such language use in (more or less) natural settings (but in the lab), deriving from these observations formal models, which I also often implement in computer systems. The goal of the modeling work is to contribute to the understanding of the phenomenon "language use", as well as, in the case of the computer implementations, to build more natural and easy to use interfaces for interacting, or even cooperating, with computer systems. For more, see the page on the Dialogue Systems Group, which I lead.
I teach classes on "text technology" (basically, computational linguistics with some elements of computing for the humanities) and more generally on speech and language technology (mostly dialogue systems), corpus linguistics, and semantics and pragmatics.
Besides this work on dialogue, I also maintain an interest in discourse processing in general, among other things in automatically analysing sentiment in texts.
Before coming to Bielefeld in 2010, I was a `Nachwuchsgruppenleiter' (roughly, Assistant Professor) at the University of Potsdam, Germany, funded by the DFG in the "Emmy Noether Programme" for excellent young researchers (2006-2010). From 2003 to 2006 I was a Postdoc, first at the University of Edinburgh, then at Potsdam. I did my PhD at the University of Edinburgh (supervised by Alex Lascarides). My first degree is from the University of Bonn (major in Computational Linguistics, minor in Computer Science and Philosophy).