HANS USZKOREIT

I have never heard this name before but when I investigated on him, I realised that he is an interesting man.

As he says on his personal web site “I am a computional linguistist in Saarbrücken, Germany working as a Professor at Saarland University and as Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). I am also involved in two young  language technology entreprises as co-founder and advisor”.

Uskoreit studied Linguistics and computer science at the Technical  University of Berlin and the University of Texas at Austin.  From 1982 until 1986, he worked at the artificial Intelligence center of SRI International in Menlo Park, Ca. During this time he was also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford University. During six months in 1986, he worked for the Science Division of IBM. He also worked for IBM Germany as a project leader in the project LILOG. At the same time, he taught for the university of Stuttgart. In 1989 he became the head of the Language Technology Lab at the DKI. Since 2006, he serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the international initiative dropping knoweldge. He is now working on different projects of the DFKI. For more imformation about his CV.

He has published and co-published a lot of books and articles. Among others, we can mention “Categorial Unifocation Grammars”(1986) or “Language technology from a European Perspective” (2005).

Hans Uszkoreit thinks that Language Technologies “are information technologies that are specialized for dealing with the most complex information medium in our world: Human language”. This is the reason, he continues, why they are called Human Language Technologies.

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