Language Technology Lab

Welcome to the Language Technology Lab

The language technology lab carries out research in the field of Natural Language Processing. We mainly focus on two areas of specialization:

  • Educational NLP
    • Short answer scoring
    • Essay scoring
    • Vocabulary Acquisition
    • Spelling and grammar correction
  • Social Media Analysis
    • Robustness of tools
    • Domain adaption
    • Large-scale semantic processing

We are committed to reproducible and replicable research. Thus, we generally make all research software publicly available.

    Paper accepted for GSCL 2017


    The following paper has been accepted for GSCL 2017 in Berlin:
    • Darina Benikova, Michael Wojatzki and Torsten Zesch: What does this Imply? Examining the Impact of Implicitness on the Perception of Hate Speech

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    Paper accepted for RANLP 2017


    The following submission was accepted at RANLP 2017 in Varna, Bulgaria:
    • Darina Benikova and Torsten Zesch: Same same, but different: Compositionality of paraphrase granularity levels

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    Two papers accepted at the Building Educational Applications Workshop at EMNLP 2017


    The following submissions were accepted at the Building Educational Applications Workshop at EMNLP 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark:

    • Andrea Horbach, Dirk Scholten-Akoun, Yuning Ding and Torsten Zesch: Fine-grained essay scoring of a complex writing task for native speakers
    • Brian Riordan, Andrea Horbach, Aoife Cahill, Torsten Zesch and Chong Min Lee: Investigating neural architectures for short answer scoring

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    Shared Task Participation in Stance and Gender Detection in Tweets on Catalan Independence@Ibereval 2017


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    Paper accepted at EMNLP 2017


    The following submission was accepted at EMNLP 2017 in Kopenhagen, Denmark:

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    GermEval 2017 Shared Task on Aspect-based Sentiment Accepted


    The German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL) has accepted our proposal for a workshop and shared task at GSCL 2017 in Berlin. The workshop is organized jointly between the Language Technology Lab and the Language Technology group at the University of Hamburg.

    We are looking forward for many participations on the task of Shared Task on Aspect-based Sentiment in Social Media Customer Feedback for German. More information, including data, timeline and background is available on the workshop homepage.

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    Reem Kabbani joins the Language Technology Lab


    Reem Kabbani joins our laboratory as a Ph.D. candidate from October 2016.

    Her research will focus on educational NLP.

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    Andrea Horbach joins the Language Technology Lab


    Andrea Horbach joined our laboratory as researcher in October 2016. Her work will focus on educational NLP within the project “Bildungsgerechtigkeit im Fokus”.


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    Project “Educational Equity in the Spotlight” started


    The second project phase of the UDE-wide project “Educational Equity in the Spotlight” (“Bildungegerechtigkeit im Fokus”) started in October. LTL is a member of subproject 2, targeted at blended learning, and will focus on integrating free-text answers into the learning platform JACK.

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    Paper accepted at NLP4CALL at SLTC 2016


    The following submission was accepted for the NLP4CALL workshop at SLTC 2016, Umea, Sweden:

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