Curriculum Vitae

Current Positions:

Professor of Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Koblenz-Landau, Koblenz/Germany, since 08/1995.

 


Education:

Dissertation (Dr. rer. nat.) at the Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät of the University of the Saarland in Saarbrücken/Germany, thesis under the direction of Prof. Dr. W. Wahlster and Prof. Dr. G. Hotz in the fields of the Parsing of Tree Adjoining Grammars, March 1989.

Diploma (Dipl.-Inform.) at the Mathematisch-naturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät of the University of the Saarland in Saarbrücken/Germany, thesis under the direction of Prof. Dr. G. Hotz in the fields of Formal Languages and Syntactic Parsing of Natural Language, October 1983.

 


External Functions:

 


Work Experience:

Partner in the IST Network of Excellence COGAIN - Communication by Gaze Interaction, since 2004.

Head (together with Prof. Dr. I. Hosenfeld) of the research project "Anwendung von computerlinguistischen Methoden in der empirischen Unterrichtsforschung"(Computational-linguistics methods applied on the empirical research of pedagogic practice), 10/2005-03/2008, funded by the initiative "Wissen schafft Zukunft'' by the Ministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Jugend und Kultur, Rheinland--Pfalz, Germany.

Head (together with Prof. Dr. P. Rödler) of the DFG-funded research project "AkKo - Adaptive, compact text entry for free communication of severely motor-impaired users", 04/2002-03/2004.

Head (together with Prof. Dr. F.J. Hampe and Prof. Dr. K.G. Troitzsch) of the research project "CCIRP - Communication Center Initiative Rheinland-Pfalz", 07/1999-3/2002, funded by Ministerium für Arbeit, Soziales und Gesundheit and Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau .

Head of the DFG-funded research project "InteGeninE - Integrated Text Generation with Tree Adjoining Grammars in Realtime", 05/1997-11/1999 and 12/1999-11/2001.

Member of the Governing Board of the Society for Computer Science (Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI)), 12/1998-11/2001.

Temporary occupation of the chair "Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence" at the Institute of Computational Linguistics at the Computer Science Department of the University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany, 04/1995-08/1995 (until permanent status was established).

Head of the VERBMOBIL project "VM9 - Incremental Generation of Spontaneous Spoken Input" at the DFKI - The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken/Germany, 04/1993-12/1995.

Temporary occupation of the chair "Knowledge and Information Systems" at the Computer Science Department of the University of Hamburg, Hamburg/Germany, 10/1990-04/1991.

Member of the Editorial Board of the German AI Magazine "Künstliche Intelligenz" (the official publication of the Fachbereichs 1 - Künstliche Intelligenz of the Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V. (GI)), 01/1990-12/1998.

Head of the DFKI project TAG-GEN in the BMBF-funded project WIP (Wissensbasierte Informationspräsentation/Knowledge-based Information Presentation) at the DFKI - The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken/Germany, 07/1989-03/1993.

Senior researcher at the DFKI - The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, Saarbrücken/Germany, 07/1989-03/1995.

Research assistant of Prof. Dr. W. Wahlster at the University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken/Germany.
Resarch Topics: Natural Language Analysis, especially on the basis of Unification Grammars and Tree Adjoining Grammars, 04/1985-06/1989.

Free lancer at the DIaLOGIKa GmbH, Saarbrücken/Germany as head of a team implementing a BTX workbench for a BTX-information provider (BTX enabled sending and receiving multimodal documents by telephone, it was provided by the "Deutsche Bundespost"), 08/1984-06/1986.

Researcher in the DFG-funded project "SFB100 - Elektronische Sprachforschung" at the University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken/Germany, in the field of Machine Translation, especially the syntactic and semantic analysis of German and French sentences, 11/1983-3/1985.

Student researcher in the DFG-funded project "SFB100 - Elektronische Sprachforschung" at the University of the Saarland, Saarbrücken/Germany, implementing kernel procedures of the programming language COMSKEE (COMputing and string KEEping) in PS440 and furthermore, implementing linguistic algorithms for linguists, 11/1980-10/1983.