Before coming to Wolverhampton, I spent seven years in Germany at the University of Cologne, at Saarland University, and at the German Research Center for Articial Intelligence (DFKI). I received my PhD from Saarland University with a thesis on computational methods applied to varieties of pluricentric languages.
My research interests include language and dialect variation, low-resource languages, second language acquisition and educational NLP applications, author profiling, text categorization, and translation technology. Here is a complete list of my publications and the language resources I've developed.
I am one of the organizers of the series of workshops on NLP for Similar Languages, Varieties and Dialects (VarDial). The next edition is VarDial 2019 at NAACL in Minneapolis, USA. I am co-editing with Preslav Nakov a book for the series Studies in Natural Language Processing and a special issue of the journal Natural Language Engineering on the same topic. Both publications by Cambridge University Press.
I am currently co-organizing the Similar Language Translation Task at WMT 2019. Previously, I co-organized the SemEval 2019 Task 6 - OffensEval: Identifying and Categorizing Offensive Language in Social Media, the second Complex Word Identification (CWI) shared task at the BEA workshop, the shared task on Aggression Identification in Social Media, the TRAC workshop, and the Automatic Post Editing (APE) task at WMT 2016. I co-edited a volume on Non-standard Data Sources in Corpus-based Research.
I am a program committee member of several workshops and conferences. A full list is available here.
I am member of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and a Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. I was a member of the INDUS Network funded by the German Research Foundation from 2014-2018.