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Hans Uszkoreit

Speaker META-FORUM 2011

Hans Uszkoreit

Hans Uszkoreit

Scientific Director, Coordinator META-NET



Short Biography

Hans Uszkoreit is Professor and Chair of the Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics at Saarland University. At the same time he serves as Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) where he heads the DFKI Language Technology Lab. By cooptation he is also Professor of the Computer Science Department.

Uszkoreit studied Linguistics and Computer Science at the Technische Universität of Berlin. He co-founded the Berlin city magazine Zitty, for which he worked as an part-time editor and writer. In 1977, he received a Fulbright Grant for continuing his studies at the University of Texas at Austin. During his time in Austin he also worked as a research associate in a large machine translation project at the Linguistics Research Center.  In 1984 Uszkoreit received his Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Texas. From 1982 until 1986, he worked as a computer scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Center of SRI International in Menlo Park, Ca. While working at SRI, he was also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University as a senior researcher and later as a project leader.

In 1986 he spent six months in Stuttgart on an IBM Research Fellowship at the Science Division of IBM Germany. In December 1986 he returned to Stuttgart to work for IBM Germany as a project leader in the project LILOG (Linguistic and Logical Methods for the Understanding of German Texts). At the same time he also taught at the University of Stuttgart.

In 1988 Uszkoreit was appointed to a newly created chair of Computational Linguistics at Saarland University and started the Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics. In 1989 he became the head of the newly founded Language Technology Lab at DFKI.

Uszkoreit is Principal Investigator of the Cluster of Excellence on Multimodal Computing and Interaction of the DFG (German Science Foundation).

He has been a co-founder and principal investigator of the Special Collaborative Research Division (SFB 378) "Resource-Adaptive Cognitive Processes" of the DFG (German Science Foundation). He is also co-founder and professor of the "European Postgraduate Program Language Technology and Cognitive Systems", a joint Ph.D. program with the University of Edinburgh.  He has also been PI of two other Special Collaborative Research Divisions of the DFKI.

Uszkoreit is Coordinator of the European Network of Excellence META-NET, Permanent Member of the International Committee of Computational Linguistics (ICCL), Honorary Professor at Technische Universität Berlin, Coordinator of the International Erasmus Mundus Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies, Member of the European Academy of Sciences, Past Member of the Board of the European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Past President of the European Association for Logic, Language and Information, Past Member of the Executive Board of the European Network of Language and Speech, and serves on several international editorial and advisory boards. He is a co-founder of XtraMind Technologies GmbH, Saarbrücken (now part of attensity inc.), acrolinx gmbh, Berlin and Yocoy Technologies GmbH, Berlin. From 2005-2011, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the international initiative dropping knowledge.