Prof. Dr. Michael Strube

Scientific Director

Michael Strube is group leader of the Natural Language Processing (NLP) group at HITS and Honorarprofessor in the Computational Linguistics Department at the University of Heidelberg.

He received a M.A. in German Language and Literature from the University of Freiburg in 1992 and a Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from the same university in 1996. Before joining HITS he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Research in Cognitive Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

His research interests focus on questions related to processing, understanding and generating discourse. He works on coreference resolution with a particular focus on appropriate representations for the task. He develops models of local coherence, most recently an unsupervised, graph-based version of the entity grid with applications in text generation, assessing readability and automatic summarization. He is also interested in word sense disambiguation and its relations to discourse processing.

Together with his former Ph.D. student Simone Paolo Ponzetto he received the Honorable Mention for the 2010 IJCAI-JAIR Best Paper Prize for their work on knowledge extraction from Wikipedia. With colleagues from the University of Mannheim he received the best paper award at IJCNLP 2011 for work on sentiment analysis. He served as program chair for the Association for Computational Linguistics’ main conference ACL-IJCNLP in 2015.

Most recently Michael got interested in ethical aspects of research in Natural Language Processing which made him teach and give lectures on the “Dark Side of NLP”. He is also co-organizer of the First Workshop on Ethics in NLP at EACL 2017 in Valencia / Spain.

Priv.-Doz. Dr. Wolfgang Müller

Deputy Scientific Director

Wolfgang Müller leads the Scientific Databases and Visualisation Group at HITS. He is Privatdozent at the Department for Business Informatics and Applied Informatics at the Universität Bamberg.

1996 he obtained a Diploma degree in physics at the University of Constance, with experimental work on soap foams at the CNRS Institute Charles Sadron at Strasbourg. He studied Computer Science in parallel at the FernUni Hagen. He obtained his diploma with a diploma thesis about data mining. 2001 he obtained a doctorat es sciences in Geneva (Prof. Dr. Thierry Pun), with work on Content Based Image Retrieval, i.e. finding images by their visual content. In 2008 he obtained a Habilitation degree at the University of Bamberg (2008) with work about Peer-to-Peer Information Retrieval, i.e. working on similarity search in distributed self-organising systems. Since 2008 Wolfgang Müller has been working at HITS, first as deputy group leader, then as successor of HITS Fellow Dr. Isabel Rojas (1968-2013), who had founded the group in 1999.

SDBV creates, populates and maintains data base applications, mostly for the use in systems biology. System biology strives to reach a systems understanding of biological systems. The challenges that SDBV addresses range from data integrations and efficient data structures to Human Computer Interaction, as well as social aspects of Open Data.

Müller has been coordinator of the data management of the systems biology Großprojekt (large project) Virtual Liver Network, and is data management coordinator of the currently running LiSyM (Liver SystemsMedicine) Großprojekt. He is also HITS’ delegate in transnational life sciences infrastructure initiatives as FAIRDOM, ISBE, and ELIXIR.