HITS NLP goes Linguistics!

13. February 2022

Members of the NLP group will have two presentations at the upcoming workshop Word formation and discourse structure at the Department of German Linguistics at Leipzig University.

The workshop’s intended audience is ‘real’ linguists (not the computational kind), so this will be a great opportunity to reach researchers from a different, though closely related field.

PhD students Wei Zhao, Kevin Mathews, and Haixia Chai will present their work on “Improving Coreference Resolution with Word Formation”. Coreference is an important linguistic means for establishing well-structured discourse, and computational coreference resolution is one of the longest-standing topics in the HITS NLP group.

Research associate Mark-Christoph Müller will present a “Proposal for Explicit Word Formation Annotation in Discourse Corpora”. Linguistic annotation has also been a core topic in the group for quite some time.

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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