Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg

Current Research Projects

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ExpLAIN: Between the Lines – Knowledge-based Analysis of Argumentation in a formal Argumentation Inference System (2018 – 2021)

Joint project between Prof. Anette Frank (ICL, Heidelberg Univrsity) and Prof. Heiner Stuckenschmidt (University of Mannheim) within the DFG priority program RATIO: Robust Argumentation Machines

The project will uncover missing explanatory links in argumentative texts, fill in automatically acquired knowledge that makes the structure of the argument explicit and establish and verify the knowledge-enhanced argumentation structure with a combination of formal reasoning and machine learning.


PIs: Prof. Dr. Anette Frank, Heidelberg University, Prof. Dr. Heiner Stuckenschmidt, University of Mannheim

Post-doctoral researchers: Dr. Viviane Nastase, Heidelberg University, Dr. Ioana Hulpus, Univ. Mannheim, Dr. Christian Meilicke, Univ. Mannheim

Doctoral researchers: Maria Becker, M.A. and Juri Opitz, B.A., Heidelberg University; TBA. University of Mannheim

The project is about to start. More information soon.


Leibniz ScienceCampus "Empirical Linguistics and Computational Language Learning" (2015 – 2018)


PIs: Prof. Dr. Anette Frank, Prof. Dr. Katja Markert, Prof. Dr. Andreas Witt
Coordinator: Antonina Werthmann, M.A.

Group Leaders:
Area A: Dr. Josef Ruppenhofer
Area B: Dr. Ines Rehbein
Area C: Dr. Viviane Nastase

PhD students:
Esther van den Berg
Ngoc Bich Do
Angel Daza
Maria Becker
Bhushan Kotnis

Selected Publications (with PI and supervisor Anette Frank):

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DFG-Graduiertenkolleg AIPHES „Adaptive Informations-
aufbereitung aus heterogenen Quellen“ (2015 – 2019)


Speaker: Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych, TU Darmstadt
Co-Speaker: Prof. Dr. Anette Frank, Heidelberg University

Research Area A: Graph-based Discourse Processing

A1: PI: Prof. Dr. Michael Strube, HITS, PhD researcher: Benjamin Heinzerling, M.A., HITS

A2: PI: Prof. Dr. Anette Frank, UHD, PhD researcher: Todor Mihaylov, M.Sc., Heidelberg University

A3: PI: Prof. Dr. Anette Frank and Prof. Dr. Michael Strube, PhD researcher: Ana Marasovic, M.Sc., Heidelberg University

For full information, areas and people see AIPHES project web page at TU Darmstadt.


Guiding theme A2: Identification of Complex Event Structures in Discourse

Guiding theme A3: Opinion and Sentiment - Extrapropositional Aspects of Discourse

Completed Research Projects

Gefördert durch das Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

CLARIN-D: Common Language Resources and Technology Infrastructure – Deutschland (2011 – 2016)

CLARIN-D is a new cooperation project funded by the BMBF that aims at realizing a sustainable research infrastructure offering language resources, tools and services for German language processing, to support research in the Humanities. The CLARIN-D consortium is led by the University of Tübingen.

ICL Heidelberg leads a focused CLARIN-D action group specializing on language resources and tools for research in Applied and Computational Linguistics.

During the project phase (2011 – 2016), three curation projects (CP 1-3) were conducted under coordination of Prof. Dr. Anette Frank.

More information can be found on the local project website as well as on the official F-AG7 web pages hosted by CLARIN-D.

Researchers (F-AG7 coordinators)


  • CP 3: "Semantische Annotation für Digital Humantities"
  • CP 2: "Linguistische Annotation von Nichtstandardvarietäten – Guidelines und Best Practices"
    • Dipper, S., LĂĽdeling, A., and Reznicek, M. (2013): NoSta-D: A Corpus of German Non-Standard Varieties. In: Zampieri, Marcos & Diwersy, Sascha (Hrsg.): Non-standard Data Sources in Corpus-based Research. Aachen: Shaker Verlag. S. 69 – 76.
  • CP 1: "Implementierung einer webbasierten Annotationsplatform fĂĽr linguistische Annotationen"
    • Eckart de Castilho, R., Biemann, C., Gurevych, I., and Yimam, S.M. (2014): WebAnno: a flexible, web-based annotation tool for CLARIN, In: Proceedings of the CLARIN Annual Conference (CAC) 2014, October 2014.
    • Yimam , S.M., Eckart de Castilho, R., Gurevych, I., and Biemann C. (2014): Automatic Annotation Suggestions and Custom Annotation Layers in WebAnno, In: Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. System Demonstrations, p. 91--96, Association for Computational Linguistics, June 2014.
    • Biemann, C., Bontcheva, K., Eckart de Castilho, R., Gurevych, I., and Yimam, S.M. (2014): Collaborative Web-based Tools for Multi-layer Text Annotation, In: Nancy Ide and James Pustejovsky: Text, Speech, and Technology book series, The Handbook of Linguistic Annotation, Springer, 2014.
    • Yimam, S.M., Gurevych, I., Eckart de Castilho, R., and Biemann, C. (2013): WebAnno: A Flexible,Web-based and Visually Supported System for Distributed Annotations, In: Proceedings of the 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (System Demonstrations) (ACL 2013), ACL, p. 1-6, Association for Computational Linguistics, August 2013.

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Coherence in Language Processing: Semantics beyond the Sentence (2011 – 2014)

ICL runs a doctoral college entitled Coherence in Language Processing: Semantics beyond the Sentence. The 3-year doctoral program is funded by the Landesgraduiertenförderung (LGF) and is embedded within the joint ICL and HITS doctoral program Semantic Processing.

The PhD research training group consists of 5 PhD students working on various aspects of discourse-oriented semantic NLP. The program is jointly run by professors Anette Frank, Sebastian PadĂł, Stefan Riezler and Michael Strube. Speaker of the program is Anette Frank.

More information is found here.
Gefördert durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Ontology Modeling for Ritual Structure Research (2009 – 2013)

A project funded within the Sonderforschungsbereich SFB 619: "Ritual Dynamics"

Joint project of


  • Nils Reiter, Department of Computational Linguistics
  • Anand Mishra, South-Asia Institute, Department of Classical Indology, University of Heidelberg
  • Oliver Hellwig, South-Asia Institute, Department of Classical Indology, University of Heidelberg




  • Anette Frank and Nils Reiter: Invited talk at the First AMICUS Workshop (Automated Motif Discovery in Cultural Heritage and Scientific Communication Texts), Vienna, October 21st, 2010.

The Role of Context in Language Processing (2011 – 2012)

A new cooperation project between the Department of Computational Linguistics at Heidelberg University and the Department of Computing at Macquarie University, Australia. The project is funded by the Global Networks Project of the Excellence Initiative of Heidelberg University.

Coordination: Anette Frank (Heidelberg University) and Mark Johnson (Macquarie University)

This project aims to combine methods and insights from Computational Linguistics and Psycholinguistics. The focus is on modeling the role of linguistic and extra-linguistic context in (incremental) language processing, as key factors to support the efficiency of human language processing and acquisition. The Global Networks funding supports bi-lateral travels and PhD student exchange in the years 2011 and 2012.

Gefördert durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

SightSee: Synchronous Generation of Language and 3D-Scenes (2008 – 2010)

A project funded within the FRONTIER innovation fund of the Excellence Initiative of the University of Heidelberg

Joint project of


  • Michael Roth, Department of Computational Linguistics
  • Stefanie Schuldes, EML Research gGmbH


Gefördert durch die Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Turkologischer Anzeiger: Creation of a Translingual Database (2009)

A project funded within the Excellence Cluster: Asia and Europe in a Global Context

Joint project of


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