Michael Strube, leader of the Natural Language Processing group at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), has been appointed Fellow of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) for “valuable contributions to the computational treatment of discourse, coreference, and evaluation, for sustained service to ACL in numerous roles, and for effective outreach to the public”.
The ACL is the international scientific and professional society for people working on problems involving natural language and computation. The ACL Fellows program was established in 2011 and recognizes members whose contributions to the field have been extraordinary in terms of scientific and technical excellence, service to the association and the community and educational or outreach activities with broader impact.
Apart from his primary affiliation at HITS, Michael Strube is also Honorarprofessor at the Institute for Computational Linguistics at Heidelberg University. His research focuses on automatic discourse processing, coreference resolution, coherence modeling, automatic summarization, and ethics in NLP.
Dr. Peter Saueressig
Head of Communications
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (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.