Two MSc students will present work at WeSSLLI 2020. Iuliia Zaitova will present her work on "Analyzing and Comparing Speech Disfluency Patterns in Non-Native Dialogue: A Qualitative Case Study." Wan Ching Ho (Clara) will present her work on "Hello Siri, Why Don't You Understand? - A Study on Grounding of Human and Agent Interlocutors in Dialogues." [...]
Alexander Koller will present at the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2020) with co-author Emily Bender. The paper, "Climbing towards NLU: On Meaning, Form, and Understanding in the Age of Data," features a savvy octopus and is also available in audio form.
A total of 9 papers from DFKI and UdS with Tianjin University and University of Washington were accepted for ACL2020: Christoph Alt, Aleksandra Gabryszak and Leonhard Hennig. "Probing Linguistic… [...]
Arne Köhn will present a joint paper at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Special Interest Group on Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL 2020). The paper is "MC-Saar-Instruct: a Platform for Minecraft Instruction Giving Agents," co-authored by Julia Wichlacz, Christine Schäfer, Álvaro Torralba, Jörg Hoffmann and Alexander Koller. [...]
This year’s annual meeting of the Erasmus Mundus Master’s course “Language and Communication Technologies” (originally planned in Saarbrücken) took place as a virtual online meeting on 25th and 26th of June due to the pandemic.
Following the words of welcome by the President of the University Prof. Manfred Schmitt and Prof. Josef van Genabith (project coordinator), Dr. Ivana Kruijff-Korbayová (project manager) opened the Annual Meeting. Nine students presented their final project in three… [...]


Open house day

On Saturday, June 27, the UdS will present itself at the first virtual open house day. We will be participating with a wide selection of topics, giving a look behind the scenes of our department, which offers relevant courses of study as well as interesting research projects. [...]
Portaits der drei neuen MitarbeiterInnen
In May and June three new team members joined the phonetics group in the LST department. [...]
A highly interesting Golem article provides insights into the everyday work of computational linguists. Hagen Fürstenau, alumnus of the Saarbrücken Computational Linguistics Department, reports, among other things, on the challenges of language processing and machine learning in practice. [...]
Jonas Groschwitz gave a talk at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation (ILLC) at the University of Amsterdam on February 19, 2020. His talk focused on the Apply-Modify (AM) semantic parser, which Jonas detailed in his doctoral thesis (2019) and published at several conferences. More information can be found here. [...]

The department will present its study programmes at the upcoming information days.
Since the BA "Language Science" partly consists of elements of the BA "Computational Linguistics", we recommend to attend the information event on 13 March, 2020 (Saarbrücken Campus, Building B4 1, Lecture Hall 0.07 - 12.45 pm) as well as the event on 6 March, 2020 (Saarbrücken Campus, Building E1 3, Seminar Room 0.16 - 15.45 pm). Also integrated in the BA "Language Science" is "Phonetics". The Phonetics…

The UdS submission to the 2019 Conference on Computational Language Learning (2019) shared task, Cross-Framework Meaning Representation Parsing (MRP 2019), placed fourth overall out of 18 teams, as well as 1st overall on both the PSD graph bank and the Little Prince subset. The team was one of nine to successfully submit results for all graphbanks. The team was comprised of current LST Masters students Matthias Lindemann, Mario Mina, and Pia Weißenhorn; Ph.D. candidate Jonas Groschwitz; postdoc… [...]