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. We generally make all research software publicly available.

Paper accepted at NLP4CALL 2018

The following paper has been accepted at the 7th workshop on NLP for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (NLP4CALL 2018), to be held in connection with SLTC 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Osama Hamed and Torsten Zesch: The Role of Diacritics in Increasing the Difficulty of Arabic Lexical Recognition Tests.

Final INDUS network meeting and International Symposium on “Language Technology for Individualized Language Learning and Assessment”

We hosted the final meeting of the DFG-funded research network INDUS (Individualized Language Learning) in Essen October 1st and 2nd. On Tuesday, an international symposium on “Language Technology for Individualized Language Learning and Assessment” with a poster session and several invited speakers presented the network to the public.

Huangpan Zhang joins the Language Technology Lab

Huangpan Zhang joins our laboratory as a Ph.D. candidate within the Interdisciplinary Research Training Group "User-Centred Social Media" from October 2018. His work will focus on individual differences in the perception of hate-speech.

Three papers accepted at the Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS 2018)

The following three papers have been accepted to appear at the Conference on Natural Language Processing (KONVENS 2018, Vienna):

  • Darina Gold, Marie Bexte, and Torsten Zesch: Corpus of Aspect-based Sentiment in Political Debates
  • Michael Wojatzki, and Torsten Zesch: Comparing Target Sets for Stance Detection: A Case Study on YouTube Comments on Death Penalty
  • Michael Wojatzki, Tobias Horsmann, Darina Gold, and Torsten Zesch: Do Women Perceive Hate Differently: Examining the Relationship Between Hate Speech, Gender, and Agreement Judgments