#Me
I am currently a Junior Research Group Leader at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. I am PI in three projects: ADD-up (coordinator, ending 12/21), PSE (ending 12/24) and DeLab (ending 04/25). I am also an associate member of the Centre for Argument and Technology (ARG-tech) at the University of Dundee, UK, and the founder and head of the Steinbeis Transfer Centre 'Linguistic Data Analysis'.

#News
10/12: Teaching at University of Passau
Before my official start in January, I'm already offering two courses at the Faculty for Computer Science and Mathematics this semester: Information Retrieval & Natural Language Processing and Artificial Intelligence (block seminar, March 2022). All materials are on Stud.IP. See you there!

08/21: DeLab starts, funded by the VolkswagenStiftung
DeLab is officially starting, running until 07/25, and we're looking forward to develop the 'Deliberation Laboratory', an environment to test the effect of different rhetorical strategies on debate quality on the web. Zlata Kikteva is the PhD student for the KN group. Looking forward!

06/21: Paper accepted at the UnImplicit workshop @ ACL 2021.
Looking forward to presenting our study on the variability of conventional implicated content in English and German at The First Workshop on Understanding Implicit and Underspecified Language, co-located with ACL 2021!

05/21: Professor for Computational Rhetorics and Natural Language Processing from 01/22 onwards
I'm delighted to be starting the next chapter of my academic life, joining the Faculty of Informatics and Mathematics at the University of Passau on 1 January 2022. I'm equally delighted that Zlata Kikteva and Wassiliki Siskou will join the fun as PhD students!

04/21: New semester @uni.kn, new courses.
I'm teaching AI and Grammar Development and offer a Research Colloquium this summer term - all materials are on Ilias. Looking forward to seeing many of your there!

03/21: Invited talk @ ILCC, School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh
Happy to speak about 'What is too much implicitness?' on 26 March as part of the ILCC seminar series and meet staff and students (at least virtually) - already looking forward to coming by in person again!

02/21: And another one! PSE project, starting in spring 2021, funded by the Excellence Cluster @uni.kn
Excited about a new PolSci collaboration with Steffen Eckhard on the linguistic analysis of street-level bureaucracy and the inequality inherent in it. See the webpage here.

01/21: New collaboration! MOU with the University of Verona
In this Memorandum of Understanding, I am teaming up with Roberta Facchinetti, Silvia Cavalieri and Sara Corrizzato from the University of Verona, Italy, on understanding and annotating the role of questions in a new corpus on political interviews. Biljana Scott joins the team as scientific advisor.

12/20: New project! Deliberation Laboratory (DeLab), funded by the VolkswagenStiftung, starting 04/2021.
I'm delighted to be part of DeLab, a project in the 'AI and the Society of the Future' call of the VolkswagenStiftung. We aim to develop a transformative online experimentation environment that will allow us to explore the nature, causes, and consequences of citizens’ perceptions in public, online dialogue across languages. More information to come soon!

11/20: New book! LingVis: Visual Analytics for Linguistics, edited by Miriam Butt, Annette Hautli-Janisz and Verena Lyding, CSLI Publications, Stanford
This volume collects landmark research in the burgeoning field of visual analytics for linguistics (LingVis). LingVis is motivated by the growing need within linguistic research for dealing with large amounts of complex, multidimensional data sets. An innovative exploration into the future of LingVis in the digital age, this foundational book both provides a representation of the current state of the field and communicates its new possibilities for addressing complex linguistic questions across the larger linguistic community.

10/20: 'Argumentation & Computers' and 'Linguistic Gaming with Python' @uni.kn
I have two courses in Speech and Language Processing this semester - looking forward to seeing many of you there!

9/20: Invited talk, Touché @ CLEF: Argument Retrieval
I'm giving one of the keynotes at Toucheé, a CLEF 2020 workshops, with the title is "Debate Technology for Empowering the Public: Insights and Avenues".

6/20: Substitute professor, winter term 20/21 and summer term 21, General and Computational Linguistics, uni.kn
I'm looking forward to substituting Miriam Butt's W3 post in winter 20/21 and summer 21. Courses taught: Argumentation & Computers (block seminar, 12-16 October 2020), Linguistic Gaming with Python (Tuesdays, 1.30pm, starting on November 3).

6/20: ArgVis — COMMA 2020 Workshop on Argument Visualization
We invite submissions for ArgVis, co-located with the virtual COMMA 2020 Conference (Computational Models of Argument). Deadline for submission is July 15, the workshop takes place on September 8, 2020. More details are here.

5/20: Funding from the Excellence Cluster `Politics of Inequality' at uni.kn
I'm looking forward to working with Steffen Eckhard in our joint project `Inequality in Street-Level Bureaucracy: Linguistic Analysis of Public Service Encounters`, funded by the Excellence Cluster `Politics of Inequality` from 06/20 to 12/21.

4/20: Founded Steinbeis Center 'Linguistic Data Analysis'
I'm happy to announce the start of my Steinbeis Transfer Center Linguistic Data Analysis. We provide research and consulting in deep linguistic and computational linguistic analysis and annotation of multilingual textual data, solution of complex application problems with methods in linguistics and computational linguistics and compact courses in the field.


4/20: CfP for Vis4DH @ IEEE VIS2020 is out.
The CfP for the 5th edition of the `Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities' is out - have a look here.

3/20: Joint course on `Argumentation & Computers' with Chris Reed @uni.kn
Looking forward to a second edition of the A&C course at Konstanz - the first four slots on argumentation theory and introduction to Inference Anchoring Theory are broadcasted online here.

1/20: Joint talk with Chris Reed on 'What is too much implicitness?'
Speaking about implicit structures in argumentative dialogue at the workshop on Explicit and implicit coherence relations: Different, but how exactly?" at HU Berlin on 17 January..

10/19: Vis4DH @ IEEE Vis 2019 in Vancouver
The 4th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities takes place on October 20, 2019 - check out the program here.

10/19: Talk at University of St. Gallen
Miriam Butt, Marina Janka and me are speaking at the 12th Computational Social Science Workshop on `Mining the Text and the Subtext'.

09/19: Talk at Trinitiy College Dublin
The Dublin Computational Linguistics Research Seminar on 13 September will feature my talk on 'Political Negotiations in the Digital Age: From Ex-Post Analysis to Live Debate Technology'.

07/19: Demo paper at ACL 2019 in Florence, Italy
Menna El-Assady is presenting lingvis.io - A Linguistic Visual Analytics Framework for the rapid-prototyping of linguistic, web-based, visual analytics applications.

06/19: Paper at ECA 2019 in Groningen, NL
Kasia Budzynska presented our paper 'Identifying Enthymematic Conflict in Logos and Ethos Structures through Conventional Implicatures' at the European Conference on Argumentation in Groningen, NL, on June 25.

06/19: ADD-up project meeting, University of Göttingen
https://twitter.com/ARG_tech/status/1138919609359327233

03/19: CfP out for Vis4DH @ IEEEVis
The call for the 4th Workshop on Visualization for the Digital Humanities (Vis4DH) is out -- the theme of this year is 'Building Trust: Process & Interpretation'. We're looking forward to a diverse number of submissions!

01/19: 'Argumentation & Computers' @ ISSALE 2019
The International Spring School in Advanced Language Engineering (ISSALE) at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, will feature 'Argumentation & Computers' from March 11-15, 2019.

10/18: 'Argumentation & Computers' course @ uni.kn
This winter's syllabus of the Department of Linguistics features the 'Argumentattion & Computers' course where students can get an interdisciplinary view on argumentation and its computation, spanning the fiels of philosophy, linguistics, computer science and artificial intelligence. Check out ILIAS for more information and course materials.

08/18: CELab contribution accepted at ArgDiaP 2018
ArgDiaP 2018 features a CELab contribution titled 'Empirically-driven Formal Model of Ethos'. Authors are Katarzyna Budzynska, Rory Duthie, Annette Hautli-Janisz, Marcin Koszowy, Martin Pereira-Fariña and Brian Plüss.

07/18: Three papers at COMMA 2018 and COMMA workshops accepted
COMMA 2018 (Computational Model of Arguments) will feature three ADD-up contributions. Our demo paper 'ADD-up: Visual Analytics forAugmented Deliberative Democracy’ is a joint paper of VALIDA and ADD-up (authors: Brian Plüss, Mennatallah El-Assady, Fabian Sperrle, Valentin Gold, Katarzyna Budzynska, Annette Hautli-Janisz and Chris Reed), our paper in the ArgPhil workshop is about 'Conventional Implicatures in Computational Argumentation’ (authors are Annette Hautli-Janisz, Brian Plüss, Katarzyna Budzynska, Valentin Gold and Chris Reed) the one in the ArgSoc workshop us titled 'Towards Deliberation Analytics: Stream Processing of Argument Data for Deliberative Communication’ (authors: Valentin Gold, Brian Plüss, Mennatallah El-Assady, Fabian Sperrle, Katarzyna Budzynska, Annette Hautli-Janisz and Chris Reed).

06/18: New Konstanzia Fellow
I'm thrilled to have been selected as Konstanzia Fellow by the Office for Equal Opportunity, Family Affairs and Diversity. My mentor in the next eighteen months will be PD Dr. Katarzyna Budzynska from ARG-tech, University of Dundee, and the Polish Academy of Sciences and we will work on computational ethos, an area in Artificial Intelligence she recently established.

04/18: Article published in 'Digital Scholarship in the Humanities'
Our paper `Visual linguistic analysis of political discussions: Measuring deliberative quality' reports on some VisArgue results and is now published here.

03/18: VisLR III proceedings now online
The proceedings of the VisLR workshop at LREC 2018 are now online here!

01/18: LREC workshop paper accepted
Working together with the economics department at Konstanz, our paper `CoUSBi: A Structured and Visualized Legal Corpus of US State Bills' was accepted in the Workshop on Language Resources and Technologies for the Legal Knowledge Graph. Authors are Aikaterini-Lida Kalouli, Leo Vrana, Vigile Marie Fabella, Luna Bellani and Annette Hautli-Janisz.

12/17: LREC paper accepted
As a result of the work in FOR2011, ''A Multilingual Approach to Question Classification'' was accepted at LREC 2018 in Japan. Authors are: Aikaterini-Lida Kalouli, Katharina Kaiser, Annette Hautli-Janisz, Georg A. Kaiser and Miriam Butt.

11/17: CfP for VisLR III is out
The third edition of the VisLR workshop was accepted at LREC 2018 - for more information see vislr.dbvis.de. The deadline is January 12, 2018. Looking forward to your contributions!

10/17: Argument technology with ARG-tech and the BBC
I was part of the Argument Analytics Team that analyzed BBC Radio 4's Moral Maze on Abortion on Oct 11 2017 and BBC2's Special: Abortion on Trial on October 14. bbc.arg.tech gives more information on the project, for a look behind the scenes go here.

09/17: DGfS 2018 workshop program
The program for our workshop "Why Indeed? Questions at the Interface of Theoretical and Computational Linguistics", held from March 7 - 9 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany, is out!

08/17: Argument & Computation paper out
Mennatallah El-Assady and me analyze rhetorical strategies in German argumentative dialogs -- the paper can be found here.

07/17: ACL demo paper paper out
We present the first web-based Visual Analytics framework for the analysis of multi-party discourse data -- the paper is here.

12/16: VolkswagenStiftung "International Research in Computational Social Sciences" bid successful
Together with my PostDoc co-applicants Valentin Gold (University of Göttingen, Germany) and Brian Plüss (University of Dundee, Scotland), we got funding for our project "Augmented Deliberative Democracy (ADD-up): Computational Enhancement of Large-scale Public Arbitrations in Real Time", running from 2017 to 2020. See http://arg.tech/add-up for more information.

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