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About me

Thomas Proisl I am a computational linguist working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair for Corpus and Computational Linguistics of the FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg. During the summer semester 2019 I worked as an interim professor for Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück.

Most of my work is in the areas of natural language processing (“How can we make a computer do useful things with texts?”), corpus linguistics (“What can we learn about language using a computer and a large collection of texts?”) and digital humanities (“How can computational methods help in the humanities, e.g. literary studies, political science or sociology?”). I deeply care about both methodology and practical implementation. This means there is a strong focus on understanding and evaluating established methods (e.g. “How do Delta measures for authorship attribution work?”, “Which method yields the best word combinations for inclusion in a dictionary?”) and on developing novel methods (“How can we measure the statistical association between arbitrary linguistic constructions?”). At the same time, I build software solutions (e.g. for identifying word and sentence boundaries in noisy web and social media texts and labeling each word with its word class) that combine expert knowledge with rule-based approaches, traditional machine learning and deep learning.

Feel free to browse these pages to learn more about my research and teaching activities.


Dr. Thomas Proisl
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Lehrstuhl für Korpus- und Computerlinguistik
Bismarckstr. 6
91054 Erlangen

Phone: +49 9131 85-25908
Fax: +49 9131 85-29251

Note: Due to the ongoing pandemic, I am mostly working from home. The best way to contact me is via e-mail.

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