Benjamin Heinzerling from the NLP group has successfully defended his PhD thesis with the title “Aspects of Coherence for Entity Analysis”. Benjamin used to work in the DFG-funded research training group AIPHES and will soon take on a post-doc position at RIKEN AIP / Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan.
Natural Language Processing (NLP)
The Natural Language Processing (NLP) group develops methods, algorithms, and tools for the automatic analysis of natural language. The group focuses on questions related to processing, understanding and generating discourse. It works on coreference resolution with a particular focus on appropriate representations for the task. It 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. The group is also interested in word sense disambiguation and its relations to discourse processing.