Personal Information

Name

Prof. Dr. Torsten Zesch

Position

Head of Language Technology Lab

Affiliation

 http://www.dipf.de/University of Duisburg-Essen

 

 

Professional Experience & Research Interests

I am currently Substitute Professor/Acting Professor for "Language Technology" at the  University of Duisburg-Essen.

 My research interests are:

Professional Activities

Journal Special Issues

  • Guest editor for the special issue on "Collaboratively Constructed Language Resources" in the Language Resources and Evaluation Journal.

Organization

Scientific Advisory Board

Memberships

Program Committee / Reviewer

  • Books
    • Springer edited Volume “The People’s Web Meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Language Resources”
  • Journals
    • ACM Transactions on Speech and Language Processing
    • AI Journal, Special Issue "Wiki AI"
    • IEEE-Transaction on Knowledge and Data Engineering (IEEE-TKDE)
    • Journal on Data Semantics (JODS)
    • Journal for Language Technology and Computational Linguistics
    • Language Resources and Evaluation Journal
    • Natural Language Engineering Journal
  • Conferences
    • ACL, AAAI, COLING, EACL, EMNLP, ICSC, KONVENS, LREC, NAACL, WWW

Awards & Grants

  • Minerva Short Term Research Grant, 2012
  • Winning Team – Semantic Text Similarity Challenge at SemEval 2012. Best result among 35 international teams.
  • “Helping Our Own” Challenge 2011. Best detection scores for 8 out of 13 error classes (among 6 participating systems)
  • Invitation to the 4th Indo-German Frontiers of Engineering Symposium by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2012
  • IBM PhD Fellowship Award, 2009
  • EMNLP Best Reviewer Award, 2009

Selected Publications

A full list of my publications can be found at the bottom of this page or on  Google Scholar.

Software Projects

I actively participate in the development of several software projects (mostly open source):

  • JWPL - Wikipedia Application Programming Interface
  • DKPro - Repository of flexible NLP components based on Apache UIMA
  • jWeb1T - Java Web1T format API
  • Wikulu - Self-organizing Wikis

The current state of software development contributions is documented on: http://www.ohloh.net/accounts/TorstenZesch

Biographical Information

Invited Talks

  • Third Symposium of the DFG Network on “Empirische Erforschung internetbasierter Kommunikation”, February 2012, Berlin, Germany – „Multi-level annotation in linguistic preprocessing”
  • Colloquium at Bar-Ilan University, March 2012, Ramat Gan, Israel, “Natural Language Processing with UIMA”
  • Colloquium at Bar-Ilan University, April 2012, Ramat Gan, Israel, “Semantic Text Similarity for Automatic Free Text Assessment”
  • Webkorpora in Computerlinguistik und Sprachforschung, September 2012, IDS Mannheim, Germany, „Gewinnung, Aufbereitung und Analyse von Korpora zu Genres internetbasierter Kommunikation“
  • Second Symposium of the DFG Network on “Empirische Erforschung internetbasierter Kommunikation”, October 2011, Münster, Germany – „Annotation of discourse structure in Wikipedia discussions”
  • First Symposium of the DFG Network on “Empirische Erforschung internetbasierter Kommunikation”, February 2011, Dortmund, Germany – „Natural Language Processing and the Web“
  • DFG Round Table Session "Web Research”, May 2011, Darmstadt – “Semi-automatically semantifying the Web”
  • FLaReNet Forum, February 2010, Barcelona, Spain – "What's the difference? Comparing Expert-built and Collaboratively-built Semantic Resources"
  • DAI Labor Berlin, July 2010 – “Wisdom of Crowds vs. Wisdom of Linguists - Computing Semantic Relatedness Using Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources"
  • Cognition Langues Langage Ergonomie (CLLE), Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, Toulouse, France, September 2010 – “Introduction to the collaboratively constructed semantic resources Wikipedia and Wiktionary”
  • First "Web Research" Symposium of the Web Research Center Darmstadt, Darmstadt, Germany, November 2010 – „Knowledge technology for automatic understanding of Web texts”
  • Knowledge Media Institute (KMi), Milton Keynes, UK, Dezember 2010 – “Wisdom of Crowds vs. Wisdom of Linguists - Computing Semantic Relatedness Using Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources"
  • Organisations, Information and Knowledge (OAK) Group, Sheffield University, Dezember 2010 – “Semantic Relatedness Measures – New developments and limits”
  • Safety & Security Systems in Europe: IT for Security - Security for IT, "Semantic Language Processing for Security", 9th - 10th October, 2007, Potsdam, Germany

Teaching

  • WS 12/13 - Lecture “Foundations of Language Technology / Grundlagen Intelligenter Systeme”, Technische Universität Darmstadt (with Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych)
  • SS 12 - Lecture "Lexical-Semantic Methods for Language Understanding", Technische Universität Darmstadt (with Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych)
  • SS 12 - Project class "Managing Unstructured Information” with a focus on educational applications, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • WS 11/12 - Lecture "Foundations of Language Technology / Grundlagen Intelligenter Systeme", Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • WS 11/12 - Lecture "Natural Language Processing and the Web" (with Jun-Prof. Dr. Chris Biemann), Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • SS 11 - Lecture "Educational Natural Language Processing" (with Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych), Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • WS 10/11 - Tutorial "Foundations of Language Technology" (with Ute Blechschmidt-Trapp and Steve Maslennikov), Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • SS 10 - Lecture "Lexical-Semantic Methods for Language Understanding" (with Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych), Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • SS 09 - Seminar on "Knowledge Management in Web 2.0" (with Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych and Johannes Hoffart), Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • WS 08/09 - Tutorial on "Natural Langauge Processing and the Web" (with Christof Müller and Niklas Jakob), Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • WS 06/07 - Seminar on Unstructured Information Management at the University of Tübingen (with Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych and Christof Müller)

Student Guidance

I co-supervise(d) the following theses

  • Niklas Jakob -- Developing a generic interface for semantic networks
  • Christian Jacobi -- Using Wikipedia in Information Retrieval: a case study on "Electronic Career Guidance"
  • Cigdem Toprak -- Sentiment detection in natural language texts based on a case study: Analysis of professional features
  • Lars Lipecki -- Experimental analysis of semantic relatedness
  • Florian Schwager -- Automatic analysis of lexical cohesion
  • Marius Lauder -- Extracting domain-specific thesauri from Wikipedia and Wiktionary
  • Lizhen Qu -- Using Semantic Knowledge to Improve Information Search in Web 2.0
  • Simon Kulessa -- Extracting paraphrases from the Wikipedia revision history
  • Mateusz Parzonka - Using Text Segmentation to Improve Back-Of-The-Book Indexing
  • Marko Martin -- Applying Graph Algorithms to Text Segmentation (nominated for GSCL Student Thesis Award)
  • Irina Smidt -- Mining Error Contexts from the Wikipedia Revision History for Correcting Grammar Errors
  • Svenja Stark -- Correcting Article and Preposition Errors in German Documents
  • Georgi Valkanov -- Generating Entity-Sets for Odd-one-out Questions

Publications

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