Focus Group: Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval

(Prof. Ponzetto)

The NLP and IR group at DWS conducts research on methods for knowledge acquisition and natural language processing (NLP), as well as their application to support empirical research in (Computational) Social Sciences and (Digital) Humanities. In our work, we investigate a wide range of techniques for text understanding – ranging from representation learning and distributional semantics all the way through symbolic, entity-based approaches leveraging wide-coverage knowledge graphs – and apply these to a wide range of research topics such as such computational semantics, multilinguality, information retrieval and multimodal NLP, to name a few.

Here is a short video that summarizes (in German and for the general public) some of the things that what we do in our group.





 *  joint SFB project with the AI group



  • JOIN-T: Joining Ontologies and semantics INduced from Text (DFG)
  • Part-Time Master Program: Data Science (MWFK BaWü)
  • Algebraic Reasoning over Events from Text and External Knowledge (Eliteprogramm für Postdocs, BW Stiftung)
  • Knowledge consolidation and organization for query-specific Wikipedia construction (Eliteprogramm für Postdocs, BW Stiftung)
  • Deep semantic models for high-end NLP applications (Juniorprofessorenprogramm MWFK BaWü)
  • Vision and language understanding beyond literal meaning (RiSC Programm MWFK BaWü)