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Verwaltung|4 January 2021
DFG funds project continuation on comparative argument mining
DFG funds second phase of ACQUA project

In this project, we will continue our research on comparative arguments. Our goal is to refine our technology for answering comparative questions in general with reasonable coverage.

In the second project phase, we plan to (1) strengthen the connection of knowledge bases and textual evidence as sources for argumentative answers on comparative questions, to...

UHH|2 December 2020
A paper accepted at AAAI 2021

The "Thirty-Fifth AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence (AAAI2021)" accepted the following paper:

Binny Mathew ( IIT Kharagpur), Punyajoy Saha ( IIT Kharagpur), Seid Muhie Yimam ( Universität Hamburg), Chris Biemann (Universität Hamburg), Pawan Goyal ( IIT Kharagpur) and Animesh Mukherjee ( IIT Kharagpur),  "HateXplain: A Benchmark Dataset for Explainable Hate Speech Detection" Abstract


UHH|23 October 2020
NLP Master project entitled „BigBlueButton video conference transcription and keyword lookup extension" from LT group won EXPO 2020
Congratulations to Fabian Rausch and Felix Welter

Fabian Rausch and Felix Welter, who are currently participating in the "Master project Web Interfaces for Language Processing Systems" of the summer semester 2020, have won the EXPO 2020 ( 

Title of the project: BigBlueButton transcription and information lookup




UHH|1 October 2020
Two papers accepted at COLING 2020

The 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics (COLING 2020) accepted the following papers:

Seid Muhie Yimam, Hizkiel Mitiku Alemayehu, Abinew Ayele and Chris Biemann,  "Exploring Amharic Sentiment Analysis from Social Media Texts: Building Annotation Tools and Classification Models", long paper Alina Karakanta, Supratik Bhattacharya, Shravan Nayak, Timo Baumann, Matteo Negri and...
UHH|2 September 2020
Paper accepted at ISWC 2020

The 19th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2020) accepted the following paper:

Banerjee, D., Chaudhuri, D., Dubey, M., Lehmann, J.,  "PNEL: Pointer Network based End-To-End Entity Linking over Knowledge Graphs"

A pre-print version of the paper is available here and a video presentation is available here.

Verwaltung|7 August 2020
A paper accepted at INTERSPEECH 2020 main conference

The 21th Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH2020) accepted the following paper from our lab :

Benjamin Milde and Chris Biemann, "Improving Unsupervised Sparsespeech Acoustic Models with Categorical Reparameterization"

A preprint version of the paper is available here

UHH|4 April 2020
Paper accepted at ACL 2020

ACL 2020, the 58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics, accepted the following long paper from the LT group:

Fynn Schröder and Chris Biemann: "Estimating the influence of auxiliary tasks for multi-task learning of sequence tagging tasks" (a pre-print is available here)
Verwaltung|25 March 2020
LT Group Teams rank 1st and 2nd at SemEval-2020 Task "Multilingual Offensive Language Identification in Social Media"

In this year's SemEval Shared Task 12 (OffensEval 2020) on "Multilingual Offensive Language Identification in Social Media", two systems developed by LT group members rank 1st and 2nd place out of 85 participating teams for Task A in the English language. The approach not only ranks high for Offensive Language Detection (A) but also for Offensive Language Categorization (Task B, 7th place) and...

UHH|17 December 2019
EvENT - Evaluating Events in Narrative Theory
Our application for a collaboration project betwen literary science and language technology has been approved for funding by DFG. The project, conducted together with Evenyn Gius (TU Darmstadt), will use language processing for categorizing events and event structure in literary texts, and is associated to the DFG-SPP 2207 "Computational Literary Studies".
UHH|30 November 2019
2nd Phase of Transregio-SFB "Crossmodal Learning"
We happily announce that the second phase of the 2nd phase of Transregio-SFB "Crossmodal Learning" (Hamburg - Beijing) has been approved for funding by DFG. In our new sub-project C7 "Crossmodal learning for improving human reading", we will utilize crossmodal embeddings for understanding and facilitating the process of learning how to read in collaboration with psychologists from the Chinese...