Head of UKP Lab

Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych

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Iryna Gurevych is a Full Professor (W3) at the Computer Science Department of the Technical University Darmstadt, Germany and head of the UKP Lab. She has a strong background in information extraction, semantic text processing, machine learning and innovative applications of NLP to social sciences and humanities. She is:

Iryna Gurevych has published over 350 publications in international conferences and journals, is member of program and conference committees of more than 50 high-level conferences and workshops (ACL, EACL, NAACL, etc.) and a reviewer for DFG, Volkswagen Foundation, ERC, DAAD and BMBF. She is ELLIS Fellow since 2020, has been selected as an ACL Fellow 2020 for her outstanding work in natural language processing and machine learning and received several awards, including the Lichtenberg-Professorship Career Award und the Emmy-Noether Career Award (both in 2007).

Further information can be found below:

2009 – now Full Professor (W3), Lichtenberg-Chair “Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing”, originally funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt; since 2010 Co-Appointed Full Professor (W3), Department of Social and Historic Studies, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
2008 – 2009 Assistant Professor (W1), Lichtenberg-Chair “Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing” (UKP Lab), funded by the Volkswagen Foundation, Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2007 – 2008 Emmy-Noether Researcher’s Excellence Career Award “Natural Language Processing for eLearning” from the German Research Foundation (DFG) for an Independent Research Lab “Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing”, Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2006 – 2007 Group Head “Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing”, Telecooperation Division and Center of Research Excellence “eLearning”, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2003 – 2005 Postdoctoral Researcher, Natural Language Processing Group, EML Research, Heidelberg, research institute for applied computer science
2001 – 2003 Research Scientist, Personal Memory Group (mobile assistance systems), European Media Lab (EML), Heidelberg, research institute for applied computer science
1998 – 2001 University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics / Dialogue Information Systems; Title of Doctoral Thesis: “Analysis of Natural Language Queries in Restricted Discourse Areas”
1993 – 1998 State University of Vinnytsia, Ukraine, Diploma “with distinction” in English and German Linguistics
2022 Vice-President / 2023 president of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), the main international professional organization.
2021 President of Special Interest Group on Linguistic data and corpus-based approaches to NLP (SIGDAT), the mother organization of a yearly top-tier conference EMNLP
2020 – now Co-director of the European Lab’s for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS) NLP program involving the top European academics in Machine Learning
2014 – now Founder and Co-Director, BMBF-funded Centre for the Digital Foundation of Research in the Humanities, Social, and Educational Sciences (CEDIFOR)
2015 – 2021 Founder and Spokesperson of GRK 1994 Research Training Group
“Adaptive Preparation of Information from Heterogeneous Sources”,
http://www.aiphes.tu-darmstadt.de
2014 – 2017 Adjunct Full Professor, German Institute for Educational Research and Educational Information (DIPF), Frankfurt, Germany (Leibniz Society)
2013 – 2017 Founder and Director of the Graduate School “Knowledge Discovery in Scientific Literature”, Department of Computer Science, Technische Universität Darmstadt, funded by DIPF, http://www.kdsl.tu-darmstadt.de
2012 – 2014 Director of Information Center for Education and Full Professor (W3), DIPF, Frankfurt, Germany (Leibniz Society)
2011 – 2014 Deputy Director, LOEWE Research Center “Digital Humanities” funded by the State of Hesse at Univ. Frankfurt and Technische Universität Darmstadt, head of the research area “Modern Corpora” at TU Darmstadt
2011 – 2015 Founder and Director, Interdisciplinary Research Initiative “Web Research” (WeRC) and Young Researcher’s Program “Language and Knowledge Engineering”, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2007 – 2010 Scientific Co-Director, Center of Research Excellence “eLearning”,
Technische Universität Darmstadt
2005 – 2007 General Manager, Center of Research Excellence “eLearning”, Technische Universität Darmstadt
since 2022 Member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW), Technological Sciences Class
2022 ERC Advanced Grant for the project “InterText – Modeling Text as a Living Object in a Cross-Document Context.
2021 First Recipient of the “Spitzen Professur” by LOEWE in Hesse, Germany. This novel program aims to keep researchers with a high international reputation at Hessian universities, 2,52 Mil. Euro
2021 Best Paper Award “Impact on Science”, Computer Graphics Night 2021, Fraunhofer IGD: together with Shweta Mahajan and Stefan Roth for Latent Normalizing Flows for Many-to-Many Cross Domain Mappings.
2021 Best Paper Honorable Mention Award, DAGM German Conference on Pattern Recognition 2021: together with Jan-Martin O. Steitz, Jonas Pfeiffer and Stefan Roth for TxT: Crossmodal End-to-End Learning with Transformers.
since 2020 ELLIS Fellow of the European Lab for Learning and Intelligent Systems program involving the top European academics in ML
2020 ACL Fellowship of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) for outstanding work in NLP and ML
2017 Best Resource/Application Paper Award, EMNLP 2017: together with Tobias Falke for Bringing Structure into Summaries: Crowdsourcing a Benchmark Corpus of Concept Maps
2014 “Honorable Mention” Award, EuroVis 2014: together with Daniela Oelke, Hendrik Strobelt, Christian Rohrdantz, and Oliver Deussen for Comparative Exploration of Document Collections: a Visual Analytics Approach.
2013
DIP-Grant “Information Consolidation: A New Paradigm in Knowledge Search”, by the German Research Foundation, together with Prof. Dagan, Bar-Ilan Univ., 1,6 Mil. Euro
2010 Best Paper Award, KES 2010: together with Katharina Schwarz, Pavel Rojtberg, Joachim Caspar, Michael Goesele and Hendrik P. A. Lensch. Text-to-Video: Story Illustration from Online Photo Collection
2008 UniTechSpin Special Award from ISRA VISION AG “Semantic Information Management for Business Processes”
Unstructured Information Analytics 2008 Innovation Award from IBM “UIMA-based Fundamental Course for Teaching Emerging NLP Trends to Computer Science Students”, 20.000 $
Unstructured Information Analytics 2008 Innovation Award from IBM “DKPro-ML: An Open Source UIMA based Framework for Machine Learning”, 20.000 $
2007 Unstructured Information Management 2007 Innovation Award from IBM “Darmstadt Knowledge Software Processing Repository”, 24.000 $
Lichtenberg-Professorship Career Award “Educational Natural Language Processing” by the Volkswagen Foundation, about 1,3 Mil. Euro
Emmy-Noether Career Award “Mining Lexical-Semantic Knowledge from Dynamic and Linguistic Sources and Integration into Question Answering for Discourse-Based Knowledge Acquisition in eLearning”, by the German Research Foundation, about 500.000 Euro
2006 Best Paper Award, DeLFI 2007: together with Jürgen Steimle and Max Mühlhäuser for Notetaking in University Courses and its Implications for eLearning Systems

Iryna Gurevych has supervised more than 25 PhD theses, another 20 are ongoing. Many of her former PhD students and postdocs have obtained faculty and leadership positions.

since 2021 Member of the Department Council, Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt
since 2021 Member of the Advisory Council for Research-Oriented Gender Equality, Technische Universität Darmstadt
since 2020 Member of the Task Force “Curriculum Development”, Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt
since 2012 Coordinator of the specialized Master program „Internet and Web-based Systems”
2010 – 2019 Coordinator of “Web and Knowledge”, re-named to “Data Science” as of 2015, a focus area of the Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2017 – 2019, 2015, 2010 – 2011 Member of the Strategy board of the Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2016 – 2020 Member of the Board of Directors of the Profile Area “Internet and Digitalization”, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2016 – 2017 Representative of the university senate in faculty search committees, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2015 – 2016 Fellow of the “Forum für interdisziplinäre Forschung” (Engl: Center for Interdisciplinary Research), Technische Universität Darmstadt
2011 – 2013 “Post Dean” of Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2011 – 2014 Deputy Director and Head of Research Area Modern Corpora in LOEWE Research Centre “Digital Humanities”
2010 – 2015 Founder and Head of Research Initiative Web Research (WeRC)
12.2010 – 03.2011 Managing Dean of Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt
09.2010 – 03.2011 Vice Dean of Computer Science Department, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2008 – 2011 Member of the Committee for Prizes and Honours, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2007 – 2010 Research Co-Director, Center of Research Excellence “eLearning”, Technische Universität Darmstadt
2007 – 2010 Member of the eLearning Advisory Board, Technische Universität Darmstadt
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