Focus Group: Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval (Prof. Ponzetto and Prof. Glavaš)

The NLP and IR group at DWS conducts research on integrating knowledge from heterogeneous Web sources – ranging from large raw text collections all the way through collaboratively constructed resources (e.g., Wikipedia) and knowledge bases (DBpedia, Freebase, etc.) – and its application to Natural Language Processing (NLP), Information Analysis and Retrieval tasks. Areas of interest include “deep” NLP techniques for text understanding, ranging from lexical and computational semantics (Word Sense Disambiguation, ontology-based and distributional meaning representations), over information extraction (entities and events), to document understanding and structuring (entity linking, ranking and search, automatic summarization). The group also applies NLP methods to support empirical research in Social Science and Humanities.





 *  joint project with the AI group

**  joint work with the Web-based Information Systems and Services @ HDM Stuttgart



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Master and Bachelor Theses

This thesis should provide an in-depth overview of the various recurrent neural network models (fully recurrent networks, recursive networks, long...


This thesis should provide an in-depth overview of the state-of-the-art methods for representing knowledge graphs and knowledge bases in the (i.e.,...


Social network are of high interests, for many applications ranging from simple user profiling to user customized advertisement. In this thesis, we...


Continuous emotions detection is a core aspect for many real application. In this work we will experiment with an existing interactive installation...


The goal of this thesis would be to organize news from German news outlets in such a way to detect events and salient topics in the news. The...


Convolutional neural networks have been shown to be very successful to various text classification tasks. The main shortcoming of CNNs used for text...


Recently the DWS group released a huge repository of hypernymy relations the Web, the WebIsADb (, containing a large...


In this thesis we will build upon and extend an annotation tool to conduct a user study and better understand the requirements towards image...


Object detection in images from news articles is a very challenging task. On the one hand, available training data for object detectors is only...


Introduction/problem: Speculation/hedging/vagueness identification plays significant role in many applications, e.g. information extraction, machine...