I am a Visiting Professor (Vertretungsprofessor) in the Seminar für Sprachwissenschaft (Department of General and Computational Linguistics). My current primary research is on visualization of language and linguistic data. I started in linguistics with fieldwork in Mali, published papers on aspects of Bambara, Fula, Dogon, and Takelma (the latter using Edward Sapir's fieldnotes), as well as in mathematical linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Later work in computational linguistics, including dialog systems, machine translation, and summarization, lead to 5 U.S. patents. In the process of doing this variety of research, I have worked at a wide variety of places in academia, not-for-profit research institutions, and industry, including:
Research: Visualization of language and linguistic information
My current primary research interest is the visualization of language and linguistic information, known as LInfoVis or LangVis. My goal is to help language professionals (linguists of all sorts, humanists, translators, terminologists, etc.) understand their data more easily.
I am interested in both theoretical aspects of visualization, especially visualizations as models of data, as well as practical aspects (e.g. building flexible reusable visualization tools for linguistic data). Both of those interest are reflected in the Vistola project about the visualization and analysis of person-oriented correspondence. As part of the practical aspect of visualization, I have created a variety of freely available interactive visualization tools.
Here at the University of Tübingen, I teach a variety of courses, including seminars on visualization, introduction to parsing, and text technologies: My courses