DFG funds an interdisciplinary Research Training Group

12. November 2014

DFG funds an interdisciplinary Research Training Group (DFG Graduiertenkolleg) “Adaptive Information Processing from Heterogeneous Sources” in a cooperation of TU Darmstadt, Heidelberg University, and Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies .

The German Research Foundation will fund a new interdisciplinary research training group “Adaptive Information Processing from Heterogeneous Sources”. This research training group will be jointly run by the research groups from Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Algorithmics and Multimedia Communications from the Computer Science Department at the Technische Universität Darmstadt, the Institute of Computational Linguistics at Heidelberg University, and the Natural Language Processing group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS).

The research training group is designed to educate 11 doctoral researchers funded by the program, 13 associated doctoral researchers and 4 associated PostDocs with a unique set of competencies. They will conduct cutting-edge interdisciplinary research at the intersection of Computational Linguistics, Language Technology, Machine Learning and Algorithmics, and Information Management. In the first funding phase 11 research themes are centered on the topic of multi-document summarization from heterogeneous information sources.  The research training group will involve cooperation partners specialized in online journalism as an emerging application area of writing assistance.

The new DFG research training group will offer young researchers an inspiring research environment in a large team of highly qualified senior and junior researchers, an excellent scientific educational program with outstanding international cooperation partners, accompanied with a wide spectrum of training measures for career development.

The first phase of the program will start in spring 2015. It will run over
4.5 years with a budget of approx. 4 Million Euros with an option for extension.

Press contact:
Dr. Peter Saueressig
Head of Communications
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)
Phone: +49-6221-533245
Twitter: @HITStudies

Scientific Contact:
Prof. Dr. Michael Strube
Group leader Natural Language Processing (NLP)
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)
Phone: +49-6221-533243

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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