Founded in 1988, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) today is one of the largest nonprofit contract research institutes in the field of innovative software technology based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) methods. DFKI is focusing on the complete cycle of innovation – from world-class basic research and technology development through leading-edge demonstrators and prototypes to product functions and commercialization. Based in Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, Bremen, and Berlin, DFKI ranks among the important “Centers of Excellence” worldwide. An important element of DFKI’s mission is to move innovations as quickly as possible from the lab into the marketplace. Only by maintaining research projects at the forefront of science DFKI has the strength to meet its technology transfer goals. The research centre is set up as a public-private partnership, i.e., it is jointly owned by some of the largest German industrial corporations, two universities, three federal states and the Fraunhofer Society. DFKI benefits from interaction with the Informatics Faculties of the Universities of Kaiserslautern, Saarbrücken, and Bremen, which have an outstanding reputation in Computer Science and in Computational Linguistics.
The Language Technology (LT) Lab of DFKI focuses on advanced IT applications dealing with human language. The Lab has vast experience in modeling areas in such a way that they are highly amenable to machine learning and classification tasks. Applications centered around recognizing different types of documents have been successfully fielded. As a sign of successful technology transfer, several spin-off companies have emerged from the LT Lab. Xtramind (now Attensity Europe), Acrolinx, and Yocoy each focus on different aspects of statistical language processing and show the practical relevance and strength of the solutions developed within the Lab.
Günter is a principal researcher and Research Fellow at DFKI and professor for Computational Linguistics at the Saarland University. He studied Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, and Artificial Intelligence, and obtained a Ph.D in Computer Science in 1994, and the Venia Legendi in Computational Linguistics in 2004, both from the Saarland University. He was appointed apl. professor in 2014 from the Saarland University. He has been working and extensively publishing in different areas of Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence. He was a member in several program committees for international conferences (e.g., TACL, ACL, EACL, NAACL, Coling, EMNLP, LREC). Günter was a guest researcher at Stanford, CMU and M.I.T.
Josef is a Scientific Director at DFKI, the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, where he heads the Multilingual Technologies Group, and jointly with Prof. Hans Uzskoreit, the Language Technology Lab. He is Professor for Translation-oriented Language Technologies at Saarland University, Germany. Previously he was the founding Director of CNGL, the Centre for Next Generation Localisation, in Dublin, Ireland, and was a Professor in the School of Computing at Dublin City University. He has been leading large-scale research efforts (DFKI, CNGL, NCLT) on the development and integration state-of-the-art language and digital content management technologies in next generation multi-lingual applications.