About the Bamberg NLP Research Lab and the Chair for Fundamentals of Natural Language Processing

The Bamberg NLP research group is part of the Faculty for Information Systems and Applied Computer Science. It will be/has been established in March 2024 as part of the Hightech Agenda in Bavaria with which several chairs in the context of text processing have been newly created in Bavaria. As such the group and its chair on “Fundamentals of Natural Language Processing” are part of the joint project “Text Analysis and Understanding for Humanities, Social Sciences and Beyond” TAU4HSB. It is also part of the “Bamberg Center for Artificial Intelligence” (BACAI).

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We perform research on NLP methods, using machine learning, for instance deep learning, probabilistic graphical models. Our work is often motivated by innovative applications in psychology, digital humanities, computational social science and linguistics. We believe that it is important to understand the challenges in interaction with experts from these fields and then include this knowledge in computational models. Eventually, the models can be a fundament to study the various areas an a cross and interdisciplinary manner.

The group therefore attempts to be a linking element between various research fields, particularly between AI and computer science with psychology, digital humanities, computational social sciences, and linguistics. We aim at finding novel challenges in one of the areas, developing methods to tackle them, and then make sure that the results are used such that the other connected areas also benefit from them.

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