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2nd Heidelberg Computational Humanities Summer School (HCH19)

LiMo is co-organising the 2nd Heidelberg Computational Humanities Summer School (HCH19), taking place from July 15-19, 2019. The summer school is hosted by the Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences of Heidelberg University.

The HCH19 Summer School offers one week of closely integrated lectures, workshops and panels which emphasize mixed methods and the multimodality of computational humanities. The lectures will focus on the following key areas:

  • Methodology of Computational Humanities: Mixed Methods in the Making
  • Computational Literary Analysis
  • Computational Humanities in the Cultural Sphere
  • Computational Humanities in the Social Sphere

Application is open until January 07, 2019. For more details, see the
HCH19 Summer School  website.

ESSP Workshop will take place in Minneapolis, USA, on June 6 2019

The Workshop on Extracting Structured Knowledge from Scientific Publications (ESSP) focuses on processing scientific articles and creating structured repositories such as knowledge graphs for finding new information and making scientific discoveries. The workshop will cover the following main topics:

  • Information extraction from scientific publications
  • Finding patterns and mining new information in knowledge graphs
  • Using extracted structured knowledge.

The ESSP workshop will be collocated with the 2019 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL-HLT 2019), which will take place in Minneapolis, USA, 2-7 June, 2019.

For further information on ESSP and workshop program, please see here.

We welcome our new team member: Michael Wiegand!

Since January 2019, Michael Wiegand is the new group leader of the research Area A “Natural Language Processing & Annotation Science”.

Before that, Michael Wiegand worked as a postdoctoral researcher of the Spoken Language Systems Group at Saarland University. Between 2016 and 2018 he has already published several publications in close cooperation with the LiMo (see publication list).

We are very glad to have him in our team!

Homepage of Michael Wiegand

Public talk by Maria Becker at the InFoDiTex Forum

On October 22, at 18:15, Maria Becker will give a public talk at the Interdisciplinary Forum of Digital Textual Sciences (InFoDiTex) with the title “Detecting Controversial Concepts within Discourses Using Quantitative Methods”.


We investigate a corpus of 72.000 German newspaper articles on climate change by applying quantitative methods such as keyword analysis or semantic tagging in order to find controversial topics and concepts. Our approach is divided into four steps with varying granularity: (a) Detecting Central Topics, (b) Detecting Central Subtopics, (c) Detecting Controversial Topics & Concepts and (d) Detecting Central Controversial Texts. Our contributions are twofold: (1) We reveal interesting insights into central controversial topics, actors, foci and points of view and styles of discussion and (2) we suggest a method for detecting Controversial Concepts within Textual Corpora using quantitative methods which we consider to be applicable to any other kind of discourse.

For more information, see here.

Best Paper Award at COLING 2018

The paper “Distinguishing affixoid formations from compounds” by Josef Ruppenhofer, Michael Wiegand, Rebecca Wilm and Katja Markert  received the Best Paper Award in the category “Best linguistic analysis” at COLING 2018 , which will take place in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The paper will be presented on Friday, August 24, 2018 (see COLING 2018 – Conference program).

We congratulate the authors for their excellent work.



Board of Directors

Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse
Vice-President Student Affairs and Teaching
Heidelberg University

Prof. Dr. Anette Frank
Professor for Computational Linguistics
ICL, Heidelberg University
Co-Speaker of the Board of Directors

Prof. Dr. Henning Lobin
Director of the IDS, Mannheim

Prof. Dr. Katja Markert
Managing Director of the ICL
ICL, Heidelberg University

Prof. Dr. Andreas Witt
Head of the Digital Linguistics Department
IDS, Mannheim
Speaker of the Board of Directors

Prof. Dr. Angelika Wöllstein
Head of the Grammar Department
IDS, Mannheim

Former member of the Board of Directors

Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ludwig M. Eichinger
Former Director of the IDS, Mannheim