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Betrieb|1 December 2021
House of Computing and Data Science founded

The House of Computing and Data Science (HCDS) was officially founded on December 1, 2021. Under the direction of Chris Biemann, the HCDS enables and shapes the digital transformation of science and the humanities at Universität Hamburg and other scientific institutions in the local region.

LT|19 October 2021
Angelie Kraft's Master Thesis entitled „Triggering Models: Measuring and Mitigating Bias in German Language Generation" supervised by LT group won EXPO 2021

Angelie Kraft has won the EXPO 2021 with a poster presentation of her recently completed Master's thesis "Triggering Models: Measuring and Mitigating Bias in German Language Generation". Congratulations!!

While large language models can generate plausible and human-like texts, unfortunately, they also reproduce harmful stereotypes and biases.
The thesis explored the issue of gender bias in a...

Publication|18 October 2021
LT's automatic lecture subtitling for German launches university wide at Lecture2Go

The university-wide media plaftform Lecture2Go has integrated LT's automatic lecture subtitling solution for German [1] into their production system! This feature enables any lecturer from Universität Hamburg to automatically subtitle any uploaded media files to the Lecture2Go platform.

LT members started an effort to make Open Source ASR models for German available to the community in 2015 [2,3]...

Publication|11 June 2021
Interspeech 2021 Show&Tell Session accepted two LT demos

The 22nd Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association (INTERSPEECH2021) has accepted the following two Show&Tell submissions and system demonstrations from the LT group:

"MoM: Minutes of Meeting Bot", Benjamin Milde, Tim Fischer, Steffen Remus, Chris Biemann "Live Subtitling for BigBlueButton with Open-Source Software", Robert Geislinger, Benjamin Milde, Timo Baumann,...
Publication|11 March 2021
NAACL 2021 accepts Two LT papers

The 2021 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics - Human Language Technologies  (NAACL-HLT 2021), has accepted the following papers from the LT group:

Sian Gooding, Ekaterina Kochmar, Seid Muhie Yimam and Chris Biemann (2021): Word Complexity is in the Eye of the Beholder. The 2021 Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for...
Publication|19 February 2021
EACL 2021 Demo Session accepts three LT papers

The 2021 Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL), the prime European NLP conference, has accepted the following three demo papers with involvement from the LT group:

Marlo Haering, Jakob Smedegaard Andersen, Chris Biemann, Wiebke Loosen, Benjamin Milde, Tim Pietz, Christian Stöcker, Gregor Wiedemann, Olaf Zukunft and Walid Maalej (2021): Forum...
Verwaltung|21 January 2021
BMBF funds interdisciplinary project D-WISE on Digital Sociological Discourse Analysis
BMBF funds D-WISE project: Digitale Wissenssoziologische Diskursanalyse

Digital texts and images shape contemporary conceptions of the world and are essential for discourse-analytical research approaches. These are among the central, qualitative research questions in the Humanities. Despite the constantly growing number of relevant digital and multimodal discourse sources, digital humanities (DH)...

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...

LT|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


LT|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