Dhruv Motwani ( is visiting Prof Demberg's lab for the duration of three months. His research interests are: discourse analysis, open domain question answering, coreference resolution, and matrix sketching. He has worked as machine learning engineer and applied scientist for past three years across San Francisco and London.  His research will be in project B2. [...]


LREC 2020 Tutorial

Professor Alexander Koller, along with Professors Stephan Oepen and Weiwei Sun, were accepted to teach a tutorial on ‘Graph-Based Meaning Representations: Design and Processing’ at the LREC 2020 conference in Marseilles. The tutorial will build off a previously held tutorial at ACL 2019 by the same name. [...]
Professors Vera Demberg and Alexander Koller participated in the Filmhaus’ movie series on Artificial Intelligence, providing post-film commentary and answering audience questions related to the movie Her (2013). The movie narrates the complexities of a relationship between a man and a sophisticated operating system, raising questions about human-technology interaction and the potential cognitive powers of intelligent agents. [...]
At this year's Career Information Day of the German-French Gymnasium (DFG) in Saarbrücken (28.09.2019), our department was represented with a stand and two lectures concerning our degrees (BA Language Science, MA Translation Science and BA Computational Linguistics).
Stefania Degaetano-Ortlieb, Sandra Lorefice (graduate of MA Translation Science and Technology), Stefan Thater, Rainer Egler as well as the student representatives (Anastasia Borisenkov, Urs Peter and Lilas Mauborgne) answered the… [...]

In the summer semester, students of the Master's programme in "Translation Science and Technology" subtitled two films for the German Research Foundation. Under the supervision of Janet Wheeler and Dr. Fadia Sauerwein and in cooperation with the SFB 1102, the students created English subtitles and German subtitles for the hearing impaired. The films, which were created in the context of the 50th anniversary of the DFG Collaborative Research Centers, can be viewed here (to read the subtitles,…

On 10 September, the Saarbrücker Zeitung reports on B.A. Language Science and M.A. Translation Science and Technology in the article "Foreign Language Experts". [...]
Dr Jürgen Trouvain has received a "test of time" best paper award for his publication "The German Text-to-Speech Synthesis System MARY: A Tool for Research, Development and Teaching", published at the Speech Synthesis Workshop 2001 (with Dr. Marc Schröder, then DFKI, now at Google Zürich, as the first author). The paper is being honoured, among other things, for describing the popular MaryTTS system, one of the few open-source text-to-speech systems in widespread use. SSW is the series of Speech… [...]
Dr. Antoine Venant has accepted an assistant professor position at the Department of Linguistics and Translation of the University of Montreal, starting October 1. Antoine joined the LST department in November 2016, as a postdoc in Alexander Koller's group. He has worked on a range of topics in theoretical computational linguistics, ranging from algebraic methods for semantic parsing to game-theoretic models of rationality in dialogue. As part of his new duty at Montreal University, he will be… [...]
On 06 August 2019, the Saarbrücker Zeitung newspaper reported about the funding extension of the Master's programme "Language and Communication Technologies".
A similar article on this topic can be found on the UdS page. [...]
Khiet Truong from the University of Twente is an invited scholar of the LCT programme (Language and Communication Technologies). She is our guest from 23th to 25th of July 2019. Her talk will presented at lunchtime on Wednesday, 24th of July, with a report of her work on human-agent interaction and socially interactive technology. [...]