Professional Activities

Professional Activities

Memberships in scientific organisations and conference committees

since 2019 2019 VP elect / 2020 vice-president / 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
  Nominating Committee of the European Chapter of the ACL
since 2001 Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL), incl. ACL Special Interest Groups in Discourse and Dialogue (SIGDIAL) and Computational Semantics (SIGSEM)
2016 – 2020 Committee on Scientific Library Services and Information Systems (AWBI), German Research Foundation
2020 Area Chair ACL 2020 (58th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics), “Sentiment Analysis, Style Analysis and Argument Mining”, Seattle, Washington
2019 Dagstuhl 2019: Co-Organizer, Dagstuhl Seminar “Information Consolidation”, Germany
  Euro-Par 2019: Global Chair of Topic 14: “Algorithms and Systems for Digital Humanities”, Göttingen, Germany
2015 – 2018 Scientific Advisory Board Member of the European Chapter of the ACL
2018 SemEval 2018: Co-Organizer, Shared Task “The Argument Reasoning Comprehension” (together with Ivan Habernal, Henning Wachsmuth, Benno Stein)
  ACL 2018 (56th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics): PC Co-Chair, Melbourne, Australia
2005 – 2017 Gesellschaft für Sprachtechnologie und Computerlinguistik (GSCL)
2012 – 2017 Member and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (wissenschaftlicher Beirat) of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (Gesellschaft für Sprachtechnologie & Computerlinguistik, GSCL)
2013 – 2017 Founder and Chair of the Jury for the GSCL doctoral thesis award in memory of Wolfgang Hoeppner
2017 EMNLP 2017 (Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing): Co-Chair, 4th Workshop on Argument Mining, Copenhagen, Denmark
  SemEval 2017: Co-Organizer, Shared Task “Detection and Interpretation of English Puns” (together with Tristan Miller), Vancouver, Canada
2016 Area Co-Chair COLING 2016 (26th International Conference on Computational Linguistics), “Sentiment Analysis and Computational Argumentation”, Osaka, Japan
  ACL 2016 (54th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics): Co-Organizer, 3rd Workshop on Argument Mining, Berlin, Germany inlcuding:
  • Special Track on Debating Technologies (together with Noam Slonim, IBM Research)
  • Unshared Task on Argument Mining (together with Ivan Habernal)
2015 Dagstuhl 2015: Co-Organizer, Dagstuhl Seminar “Debating Technologies”, Germany
  GSCL 2015: Co-Organizer, GermEval Lexical Substitution Shared Task, Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  NAACL 2015 (Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics: Human Language Technologies): Co-Organizer, 2nd Workshop on Argumentation Mining, Denver, CO, USA
2014 Area-Chair ACL 2014 (52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics), “Semantics”, Baltimore, MD, USA
  Area-Chair EACL 2014 (14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics), “Language Resources and Evaluation”, Gothenburg, Sweden
2013 General Chair GSCL 2013, the biannual meeting of the German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (Gesellschaft für Sprachtechnologie & Computerlinguistik). Darmstadt, Germany
2012 ACL 2012: 3rd workshop “People’s Web meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources and their Applications to NLP”, Jeju, Republic of Korea
2007 – 2011 GSCL Working Group “Sprach- und texttechnologische Methoden im E-Learning”
  International Institute for Semantic Computing
2011 Publicity Co-Chair for IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC 2011), Stanford, USA
2010 COLING 2010 (23rd International Conference on Computational Linguistics), 2nd Workshop “The People's Web meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources”, Beijing, China
  Publicity Co-Chair 4th IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing (ICSC 2010), Pittsburgh, USA
2009 Area Chair EMNLP 2009 (Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing), “NLP for Web 2.0”, Singapore
  GSCL 2009 (8th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning), workshop “UIMA as Platform of Modern Language Technology”, Potsdam, Germany
  ACL-IJCNLP 2009 (Joint conference of the 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics and the 4th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing), workshop “The People's Web meets NLP: Collaboratively Constructed Semantic Resources”, Singapore
2008 and earlier Natural Language Processing Track Chair, 2nd IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, San Jose, USA
  Co-Chair of Best Paper Award, 1st IEEE International Conference on Semantic Computing, Irvine, USA

Editorial Boards

since 2019
Book review editor of Computational Linguistics Journal
since 2015 Elite reviewer for the journal Transactions of the ACL
2010 – 2013 IEEE International Journal of Semantic Computing

Reviewer for Funding Agencies

continuously
(since 2011)
German Research Foundation (Computer Science, Linguistics, e-Research Infrastructures, Large-Scale Research Equipment) (DFG)
  German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  European Research Council (ERC)
  Volkswagen Foundation (VW)
2019 FWF Austrian Science Fund
  ANR, France „Research and teaching chairs in Artificial Intelligence“
  Volkswagen Foundation „MOMENTUM für Erstberufene“
2018 John Templeton Foundation’s
  BMBF-Programm „Innovative regionale Wachstumskerne“
2016 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
2015 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  Wirtschaftsagentur Wien. Ein Fonds der Stadt Wien
  Mercator Research Center Ruhr
  Evaluierungskomitee der Autonomen Provinz Bozen – Südtirol
2014 Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
  Croatian Science Foundation (HRZZ)
  Austrian Science Fund
2013 John Templeton Foundation
  Center for Advanced Studies, LMU Munich
  Max-Planck Gesellschaft, “Otto Hahn medal 2013”
2011 Swiss National Science Foundation
  Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes