Welcome to the Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab

Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing (UKP) Lab is the endowed Lichtenberg Chair in the Department of Computer Science at the Technische Universität Darmstadt (supported by the Volkswagen Foundation).

The Chair is co-funded by the Emmy Noether Young Researchers' Career Award from the German Research Foundation (DFG), the Federal Ministry of Economy (BMWI), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the Klaus Tschira Foundation, and by industrial companies. Research in the UKP Lab is organized around the following research areas (download our UKP Flyer):

Research Area



Multilingual Semantic Information Management

Dr. György Szarvas

SIM Flyer

Natural Language Processing and Wikis

Dr. Torsten Zesch

NLP4Wikis Flyer

Educational Natural Language Processing

Dr. Judith Eckle-Kohler

e-NLP Flyer

Language Technologies for e-Humanities

Richard Eckart de Castilho


The UKP Lab carries out projects in the areas of Natural Language Processing, Information Retrieval, Text Mining, eLearning, and Digital Humanities. The group’s research aim is to develop new approaches to automatically process and manage the knowledge represented in a variety of forms and repositories, with a strong focus on textual information processing and large-scale content analysis.

The UKP group uses and develops algorithms to solve problems related to answering information needs, finding and summarizing relevant information, mining structured information from unstructured documents and employing this information to improve the quality of (for example) learning processes.

With DKPro, the UKP Lab offers open-source implementations for many powerful state-of-the-art NLP algorithms and processing tasks. Those are freely available for other research groups to benefit from.

UKP staff regularly participate in top international conferences in Natural Language Processing, Semantic Information Management, and Educational Applications thereof. The Lab maintains close research cooperation with companies such as SAP Research, Siemens, CAS Software, Intelligent Views and others. It is also part of the  LOEWE Research Center for Digital Humanities.

Prof. Iryna Gurevych and her team received the IBM Unstructured Information Management Innovation Award 2007, two IBM Unstructured Information Analytics Innovation Awards 2008, and the UniTechSpin Award 2008 from ISRA Vision AG.

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