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Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych to be Keynote Speaker at MergingLR Workshop

10 Apr 2012

Prof. Dr. Iryna Gurevych will be the keynote speaker at the LREC 2012 MergingLR Workshop, organized by PANACEA partners.

The title of her talk is: How to UBY – a Large-Scale Unified Lexical-Semantic Resource

The talk will present UBY, a large-scale resource integration project based on the Lexical Markup Framework (LMF, ISO 24613:2008). Currently, nine lexicons in two languages (English and German) have been integrated: WordNet, GermaNet, FrameNet, VerbNet, Wikipedia (DE/EN), Wiktionary (DE/EN), and OmegaWiki. All resources have been mapped to the LMF-based model and imported into an SQL-DB. The UBY-API, a common Java software library, provides access to all data in the database. The nine lexicons are densely interlinked using monolingual and cross-lingual sense alignments. These sense alignments yield enriched sense representations and increased coverage. A sense alignment framework has been developed for automatically aligning any pair of resources mono- or cross-lingually. As an example, the talk will report on the automatic alignment of WordNet and Wiktionary. Further information on UBY and UBY-API is available at:

Iryna Gurevych leads the UKP Lab in the Department of Computer Science of the Technische Universität Darmstadt (UKP-TUDA) and at the Institute for Educational Research and Educational Information (UKP-DIPF) in Frankfurt. She holds an endowed Lichtenberg-Chair "Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing" of the Volkswagen Foundation. Her research in natural language processing (NLP) primarily concerns applied lexical semantic algorithms, such as computing semantic relatedness of words or paraphrase recognition, and their use to enhance the performance of NLP tasks, such as information retrieval, question answering, or summarization. She is particularly interested in innovative applications of NLP in the domains of collaborative information management, education, forensic linguistics, or digital humanities.