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Sonderforschungsbereich 732:

Sonderforschungsbereich 732 mit Integriertem Graduiertenkolleg

Four more years! The DFG has granted funding for another four years (2014/2-2018/1).

About our SFB 732

The SFB 732 Incremental Specification in Context is a collaborative research centre (Sonderforschungsbereich) funded by the German National Science Foundation (DFG),  which was established in 2006 and has been renewed in 2010 and 2014. In its 16 research projects and the integrated graduate school it brings together more than 40 researchers from the Institute of Natural Language Processing and the Institute of Linguistics at the University of Stuttgart.

Their common scientific goal is to achieve a better understanding of the mechanisms that lead to ambiguity control/disambiguation as well as the enrichment of missing/incomplete information and to develop methods that are able to fully describe these mechanisms. The basic hypothesis in the SFB is that such processes generally involve specification of an underspecified input.
Research in the second phase of funding focusses on the following two questions:
(i) What type of architecture is the most adequate to explain specification processes?
(a pipeline model, an interface model, or rather an integrated model?)
(ii) What role does the size and the granularity of the context play in the specification process?
Our research involves statistical, rule-based, comparative and corpus-based methods, to which we will add  experimental methods in the second phase of funding.
We see the SFB, with its many parallel explorations of specification in context, as providing a unique opportunity for gaining a better general understanding of how exactly specification works in context and in particular languages. We believe that not only will a successful collaboration between theoretical linguistics and natural language processing give us a better understanding of incremental specification in language, but it will also greatly advance the state of the art in both research areas as methods and results are more widely exchanged and adopted.

Director

Prof. Dr. Artemis Alexiadou
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Linguistik/Anglistik
SFB 732
Keplerstr. 17
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49-711-685-83121
Fax: + 49-711-685-83122

 

Coordinator

Dr. Sabine Mohr
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Linguistik/Anglistik
SFB 732
Keplerstr. 17 (from January 2015: Azenbergstr. 12)
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49-711-685-83115
Fax: +49-711-685-83122

About our Integrated Graduate School

In the second phase of funding the SFB 732 will be complemented by an integrated graduate school (officially starting July 1st, 2010).
The general scientific goal of the integrated graduate school is to provide a systematic qualification programme for the PhD students in the SFB. The more concrete goal is to intensify the connection between the projects in theoretical linguistics (TL) and computational linguistics (CL), and to improve the mutual understanding of both disciplines among the postgraduates (researchers and PhD students).
The integrated graduate schools annually offers one-year research grants for Ph.D. students who'd like to spend some time in close collaboration with researchers and Ph.D. students of the SFB.
If you consider applying for one of the research grants, please, check our project descriptions (will be updated in due course) and our jobs site.

Projekteiter

PD Dr. Sabine Schulte im Walde
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung
SFB 732
Pfaffenwaldring 5b
70569 Stuttgart

Phone:+49-711-685-84584
Fax: +49-711-685-81366

 

Projektleiter

Prof. Dr. Sabine Zerbian
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Linguistik/Anglistik
SFB 732
Keplerstr. 17
70174 Stuttgart

Phone: +49-711-685-82985
Fax: +49-711-685-83122

Coordinator

Dr. Jagoda Bruni
Universität Stuttgart
Institut für Maschinelle Sprachverarbeitung
SFB 732
Pfaffenwaldring 5b
70569 Stuttgart

Phone: +49-711-685-84586
Fax: +49-711-685-81366