German author, speaker and mental artist, Thorsten Havener studied at the former department "Angewandte Sprachwissenschaft sowie Übersetzen und Dolmetschen". His remarkable journey underscores the potential of language science in achieving exceptional heights.  In an interview with the Campus online magazine, Thorsten Havener offers insights into his profession and reflects on how his studies have shaped his artistic journey. Moreover, he recalls some especially pleasant and enriching moments…


We are happy to announce that three papers by members of our department have been accepted at the 16th International Natural Language Generation conference (INLG 2023) and the 24th Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDial 2023). Congratulations to all authors!

“Tackling Hallucinations in Neural Chart Summarization” by Saad Obaid ul Islam, Iza Skrjanec, Ondrej Dusek and Vera Demberg. INLG 2023. “Visually Grounded Story Generation Challenge” by Xudong Hong,… [...]

We are delighted to announce that four scientific contributions by members of our department have been accepted at Recent Advances in Natural Language Processing conference (RANLP 2023). Congratulations to all authors!

“Simultaneous Interpreting as a Noisy Channel: How Much Information Gets Through” by Maria Kunilovskaya, Heike Przybyl, Ekaterina Lapshinova-Koltunski and Elke Teich. RANLP 2023. “Microsyntactic Unit Detection using Word Embedding Models: Experiments on Slavic Languages” by… [...]

We are proud to announce that multiple members of our department have won different awards at the 61st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2023). Congratulations to all authors!

Best Theme Paper Award for Dawei Zhu, Xiaoyu Shen, Marius Mosbach, Andreas Stephan und Dietrich Klakow: "Weaker Than You Think: A Critical Look at Weakly Supervised Learning". ACL 2023 (Toronto, Canada). Outstanding Paper Award for Simone Tedeschi, Johan Bos, Thierry Declerck, Jan… [...]

Thierry Declerck, a long-time DFKI employee in the MLT research area and lecturer in our department for many years, passed away suddenly on June 27 at the age of 64. He suffered a severe heart attack during a business trip in the Czech Republic and unfortunately did not survive. We are immensely saddened and stunned to lose such a knowledgeable and kind colleague who did so much for our department and who was greatly appreciated by all staff and students.


The graduation party 2023 of the Humanities Faculty took place on 13 May 2023. The photos from the event are available on this webpage. The next graduation party will be held next year. You can find more information as well as the registration form here.


Omnia Ibrahim has won the LabPhon best poster award (originality, quality of the research and quality of the presentation) at the Phonetics and Phonology in Europe conference (PaPE 2023) that took place in Nijmegen. Congratulations to all authors!

“The interplay between syllable-based predictability and voicing during closure in intersonorant German stops” by Omnia Ibrahim, Ivan Yuen, Bistra Andreeva and Bernd Möbius. Phonetics and Phonology in Europe 2023 (Nijmegen, the Netherlands).


We are happy to announce that five papers by members of our department have been accepted at Interspeech 2023. Congratulations to all authors!

"Self-supervised discrete representations of speech reflect phonetic variability: An information-theoretic analysis" by Badr Abdullah, Mohammed Maqsood Shaik, Bernd Möbius and Dietrich Klakow. Interspeech 2023 (Dublin, Ireland). "Cross-linguistic emotion perception in human and TTS voices" by Iona Gessinger, Michelle Cohn, Benjamin R. Cowan, Georgia… [...]

The German Research Foundation (DFG) will fund the new research training group (RTG) “Neuroexplicit Models of Language, Vision, and Action”. The funding, which amounts to approximately 7.5 million euros, will start in Autumn 2023 and is initially planned for the next five years. Prof. Alexander Koller is the designated speaker of the new RTG. We congratulate all participants on this amazing achievement!
The full article of the press and public relations team of the UdS is available here.


We are happy to announce that ten papers by members of our department have been accepted at ACL 2023. Congratulations to all authors!

“AfricaPOS: Part-of-Speech Tagging for Typologically Diverse African languages” by Cheikh M. Bamba Dione, David Adelani, Peter Nabende,  Jesujoba Alabi, Thapelo Sindane, Happy Buzaaba, Shamsuddeen Hassan Muhammad, Chris Chinenye Emezue, Perez Ogayo, Anuoluwapo Aremu, Catherine Gitau, Derguene Mbaye, Jonathan Mukiibi, Blessing Sibanda, Bonaventure F. P. Dossou,… [...]