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2 ICL Publications at NAACL 2019

The ICL is happy that some ICL/LiMo Papers have been accepted at NAACL 2019, among which are:


1. Michael Wiegand, Maximilian Wolf and Josef Ruppenhofer: Detecting
Derogatory compounds — an Unsupervised Approach (to appear)

2. Michael Wiegand, Josef Ruppenhofer and Thomas Kleinbauer: Detection
of Abusive Language: the Problem of Biased Datasets (to appear)

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

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.

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.



We welcome our new team member: Juri Opitz!

Juri Opitz joined the LiMo team on April 1, 2018.

Our newest member completed his Bachelor of Arts in Computational Linguistics at University of Heidelberg. His research interests lie in the fields of Semantics, Knowledge Graphs and NLP for historic texts.

He will be part of the research Area C “Applications in empirical linguistics & Digital Humanities”.

We are very pleased to welcome him on our team!


Homepage of Juri Opitz

LiMo at the 40th DGfS Annual Meeting

On March 8, 2018, the Leibniz ScienceCampus LiMo will present its current research projects in a poster session at the 40th Annual Conference of the German Linguistic Society (DGfS):

The DGfS Annual Meeting will take place at the University of Stuttgart (Campus City Center) on March 7 and 9, 2018.