On Friday, January 25, 2019, we wrote department history:
Ms. Konz received a certificate from the university president for her 25th anniversary. The President underlined his pleasure to pay tribute to people who have actively shaped our University. For her part, Ms Konz stressed that, among her various employers, she feels most at home at Saarland University. When asked about a special event during her period of service, Ms. Konz replied that the change from diploma system to modularized study… [...]
Chairs Prof. Dr. Erich Steiner, Prof. Dr. Elke Teich, Prof. Dr. Josef van Genabith [...]
This October, we welcomed Anupama Chingacham, as a doctoral student for the project (SFB 1102) A4. She will be working on adaptable Natural Language Generation systems, such that the system adapts to the perceptual load of the listener. Prior to joining SFB, she received her Masters in Natural Language Processing from University of Lorraine, France. [...]
Yu (Tracy) Chen, Anna Konobelkina, and James Whang have joined the LST department and SFB 1102.
Tracy is a PhD student in the SFB Project C4, exploring machine translation based similarity measures to explore the intercomprehension between Slavic languages.
Anna is a PhD student in the SFB Project C1, focusing on the interaction between information density and the prosodic hierarchy.
James is a postdoctoral researcher in project C1, investigating the effects of predictability as defined by… [...]
Lydia has joined Matt Crocker's group as a PhD student on the SFB 1102 project C3. She received her MA degree in Language and Communication from Radboud University, Nijmegen. Her work will focus on rational encoding and decoding of referring expressions. [...]

The anniversary event will take place on 8 December, 2018 in the university’s assembly hall. You can find the program here.
Please note that all available seats are already booked for this event.

In addition, our Alumni Association is organising a panel discussion, to which we cordially invite you:
"Quo vadis translating - man and machine?"
Discussion with: Katja Dittus (Translation Management V&B), Ilona Wallberg (beo), Falko Schäfer (Daimler), Tobias Hinzpeter (EZB), Anja Hein (Federal…

Alexander Koller's group welcomes our newest colleague, Fangzhou Zhai. Fangzhou will do his PhD in the SFB Project A3, where he will work on adding causal structure to script knowledge that is learned from data. He has a Master of Logic from the University of Amsterdam, and is about to complete his MSc in Computer Science in Saarbrücken. [...]
Annemarie Friedrich's PhD dissertation has been selected by the German Society for Computational Linguistics (GSCL) as the best dissertation for the years 2016-2018. The GSCL doctorial thesis award in memory of Wolfgang Hoeppner is granted every two years and marks significant progress to advance language technology and computational linguistics. The thesis, advised by Prof. Manfred Pinkal and titled "States, Events, and Generics: Computational Modeling of Situation Entity Types", will be… [...]
Marjolein van Os is joining Vera Demberg's group as a doctoral researcher. As part of SFB 1102 (Project A4), her research will treat on the confusability of sounds and words in noisy settings, comparing comprehension in younger vs. older adults. [...]
The German Research Foundation has accepted Michael Roth to the DFG Emmy Noether Programme, which gives outstanding early career researchers the opportunity to lead an independent junior research group. Michael's research group will use computational methods to investigate linguistic factors behind misunderstandings. [...]