I am a Research Fellow at the Research Group in Computational Linguistics (RGCL) at the University of Wolverhampton (UK).

Before coming to Wolverhampton, I spent seven years holding research and teaching positions in Germany at the University of Cologne, Saarland University, and the German Research Center for Articial Intelligence (DFKI).

I received my PhD from Saarland University with a thesis on computational methods to study varieties of pluricentric languages. I have degrees in Information Systems (B.Sc.), Translation Studies (Pg.Dip.), and Natural Language Processing (M.A.).


I am interested in studying language using empirical and computational methods. Here is a list of my publications. I also work on the compilation of language resources.

I served as program committee member and reviewer for several international workshops and conferences. 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 2018 at COLING. Past editions were VarDial 2017 at EACL, VarDial 2016 at COLING, LT4VarDial 2015 at RANLP, and VarDial 2014 at COLING. I co-organized the second CWI shared task at the BEA workshop. I co-edited a volume on Non-standard Data Sources in Corpus-based Research.

Area Chair
COLING (2018)

Program/Scientific Committee Member
Conferences: ACL (2017), AIST (2017, 2016, 2015), CONLL (2017), EMNLP (2017, 2016), GSCL (2017), ICNLSP (2018), IJCAI (2018), LREC (2018)
Workshops: BEA (2018 at NAACL, 2017 at EMNLP, 2016 at NAACL, 2015 at NAACL, 2014 at ACL), NLP4TM (2016 at LREC, 2015 at RANLP), NLP-ERA (2018 at ESLLI), NLP-OSS (2018 at ACL), NLP-TEA (2018 at ACL, 2017 at IJCNLP, 2016 at COLING, 2015 at ACL, 2014 at ICCE), NLPMJ (2018 at LREC, 2017 at EMNLP, 2016 at IJCAI), QEAPE (2018 at AMTA), Stylistic Variation (2018 at NAACL, 2017 at EMNLP), TIAD (2017 at LDK)
Journal: International Journal of Computer Science: Theory and Application (ORB Publishing)

Workshops: SemEval (2016 at NAACL, 2015 at NAACL)
Journals: Algorithms (MDPI), Entropy (MDPI), Language Resources and Evaluation (Springer), Machine Translation (Springer), Neural Network World (Czech Technical University).

I am member of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and the INDUS Network funded by the German Research Foundation.


The VarDial Evaluation Campaign 2017 has been mentioned in the March 17th 2017 edition of the German newspaper Die Welt. Here is the full text (in German only).


E-mail: m(dot)surname(at)wlv(dot)ac(dot)uk

Last Updated: March 2018