Introducing German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

The German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), with sites in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen (with an associated branch in Osnabrück) and a project office in Berlin, is the leading German research institute in the field of innovative software technology. In the international scientific community, DFKI ranks among the most recognized “Centers of Excellence” and currently is the biggest research center worldwide in the area of Artificial Intelligence and its application in terms of number of employees and the volume of external funds.

The Language Technology (LT) Lab of DFKI’s mission is to advance the use of human languages by machines and to create and improve IT-solutions that benefit from language use.

  • We conduct advanced research in language technology and provide novel computational techniques for processing text, speech and knowledge.
  • We strive for a deeper understanding of human language and thought, studying the true needs of the end user and the demands of the market.
  • We develop novel and enhanced solutions related to information and knowledge management, content production, and natural communication.

Key areas of activity include text analytics, machine translation, human-robot interaction and digital content creation.

Our iRead Team

08_dfki_gunterProf. Dr. Günter Neumann 

I am a DFKI Research Fellow and principal researcher at DFKI. I have studied computer science, artificial intelligence, and computational linguistics at the Universities of Regensburg, Koblenz-Landau, and at the Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany. I obtained a Dr. rer. nat. degree in Computer Science in 1994, and the Venia Legendi in Computational Linguistics in 2004, both from the Saarland University. Since August 2014 I am an apl. Professor at the Department of Language Science and Technology of the Saarland University. I am a guest lecturer at the Institute of Applied Informatics of the Alpen-Adria University of Klagenfurt, Austria.

The core of my research interest is in the field of natural language driven human computer interaction, where natural language is the common interface for extracting, classifying, and talking about information from large-scale unstructured text sources.

Why iRead

We love to analyse Natural Language with computers from both perspectives, theoretically and practically. Relevant to the project is DFKI’s team experience in computational linguistics, multi-lingual natural language parsing, artificial intelligence, text analysis, information retrieval. We have participated in a large number of national and international NLP related projects and we are excited to transfer our experience and knowledge to iRead syntax analysis and NLP relevant tasks.


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