dirk hovy

2017/09/19, 06:46AM
BLOG: Conference sizes in NLP are growing exponentially, which will likely affect how we review, organize, and experience conferences in the future. Some thoughts based on my observations at ACL and EMNLP.

2016/10/22, 04:59AM
BLOG: I had some time and analyzed the US presidential debates from a quantitative point of view. Turns out the candidates differ even beyond their messages.

“With a gun barrel between our teeth, you speak only in vowels.”
Fight Club


02/06/1981 in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
associate professor
PhD student at the University of Southern California
Study of computational linguistics at Saarland University, Saarbrücken, Germany
Study of German and English linguistics as well as Linguistic Engineering at the University of Marburg
Semester abroad at University of Antwerp, Belgium
Abitur (final secondary school examinations) at Lichtenbergschule Darmstadt
Selected Publications
See here for complete list of my publications.

Dirk Hovy: Demographic Factors Improve Classification Performance. ACL long, 2015 (acceptance rate 25%).
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Dirk Hovy and Anders Søgaard: Tagging Performance Correlates Negatively with Author Age. ACL short, 2015 (acceptance rate 22.3%).
[Abstract]  [PDF]

Anders Johannsen, Dirk Hovy, and Anders Søgaard: Cross-lingual Syntactic Variation over Age and Gender. CoNLL, 2015.
[Abstract]  [PDF]


Barbara Plank, Dirk Hovy, and Anders Søgaard: Learning POS taggers with inter-annotator agreement loss. EACL (Best Paper), 2014 (acceptance rate 25%).
[Abstract]  [PDF]

Anders Johannsen, Dirk Hovy, Héctor Martínez Alonso, Barbara Plank, and Anders Søgaard: More or less supervised super-sense tagging of Twitter. *SEM (Best Paper), 2014.
[Abstract]  [PDF]


Dirk Hovy, Taylor Berg-Kirkpatrick, Ashish Vaswani, and Eduard Hovy: Learning Whom to Trust with MACE. NAACL HLT, 2013 (acceptance rate 30%).
[Abstract]  [PDF]

Dirk Hovy: Learning Semantic Types and Relations from Text. PhD Thesis, 2013.
[Abstract]  [PDF]

Grants and Awards
Data Transparency Lab grant: Finding Waldo in a haystack of informal writing styles (with Anders Søgaard and others)
EUROSTARS grant: (KU partner)
CCC grant for seminar series Computational Sociolinguistics (with Pia Quist)
Carlsberg Foundation infrastructure grant (with Anders Søgaard)
Best Paper at *SEM
Best long paper at EACL
Awarded best presentation at the 5th annual Intelligent Systems Division Grad-Student Symposium at Information Sciences Institute
Work Experience
- Associate professor at the computer science department (DIKU) at the University of Copenhagen
- Postdoc in the LOWLANDS project at the University of Copenhagen’s Center for Language Technology
- Research assistant at Information Sciences Institute
- Organizer of bi-weekly SemNLP seminar
- Webmaster for NAACL-HLT 2012 conference
- Summer internship at IBM T.J. Watson: developed a UIMA annotator to identify temporal links for events and relations
- Organizer of the Intelligent Systems Division’s 4th annual Grad Student Symposium at Information Sciences Institute
- Student assistant in the MUSING project at DFKI: development of temporal ontologies
- Member of the student union for Computational Linguistics at Saarland University
- Student assistant at progressima s.r.l.: web programming
- External advisor for the DFG funded project Explizite und elliptische Junktion in der Syntax des Neuhochdeutschen at Kassel University: regional classification of historic texts
- Internship at the NLP group of the Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California
- Student assistant at the DiWA project of the institute Deutscher Sprachatlas in Marburg: editing of maps with ER Mapper, digitalization of tapes and post-editing with Adobe Audition
Invited Talks
University of Pennsylvania
Army Research Labs Aberdeen
University of Massachussetts, Amherst
Georgetown University
University College London (UCL)
University of Sheffield
University of Cambridge
Xerox Research Centre Europe, Grenoble
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Johns Hopkins University
University of Heidelberg
University of Potsdam
School of Informatics, Edinburgh
University of Stuttgart
Columbia University
European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Ludwig-Maximilian University of (LMU) München
UNED, Madrid
Information Sciences Institute (ISI), Los Angeles
University of Oxford
University College London (UCL)
University of Amherst, Massachussetts
Copenhagen Business School
University of Copenhagen
University of Darmstadt
Chairing and Service
2016 Co-chair area 13 (computational social sciences) at NAACL 2016 (with Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil)
  Co-chair Sentiment Analysis at EMNLP 2016 (with Bing Liu and Saif Mohammad)
  Co-organizer SemEval 2016 Task 10, DiMSUM (with Nathan Schneider, Marine Carpuat, and Anders Johannsen)
  Co-organizer NLPandCSS Workshop at WebSci and EMNLP (with David Bamman, A. Seza Doğruöz, Jacob Eisenstein, David Jurgens, Brendan O'Connor, Alice Oh, Oren Tsur, and Svitlana Volkova)
ACL, NAACL, TACL, Computational Linguistics, EMNLP, LREC
Teaching Experience
- Scientific Programming (with Anders Johannsen and Željko Agić)
- Language Processing 2 (with Barbara Plank)
- Scientific Programming (with Anders Johannsen)
- Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Natural Language Processing, CS544
- Two half-day workshops Programming in Python for Linguists (handout)
- In charge of a seminar (Web Publishing I) together with Jan Königsfeld
Gavin Abercrombie: Automatic Sarcasm Detection in Context, MSc.
Lasse Borgholt: Political Agenda-Setting on Social Media, MSc.
Zeerak Waseem: Automatic Hate Speech Detection: The influence of expert and amateur annotators on supervised classification of sexist and racist tweets, MSc.
Steen Bo Hansen: Data-driven de-identification of Danish legal rulings, MSc. Dataset
Kasper Højgaard: Five Approaches to Domain Adaption for Sentiment Analysis on Twitter, MSc.
Mattias Sellin: Sociolinguistics in Vector Space, MSc.
native language
fluent in writing and speaking
good knowledge
fluent in speaking, good knowledge of writing
good knowledge
good knowledge
good knowledge
Latin exam (Latinum)
Computer Skills
For examples see also the websites in my portfolio…



Adobe Photoshop
Macromedia Dreamweaver
Macromedia Flash
Adobe Audition
Further qualifications
Trainer’s license C in Judo
Driving license class B

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