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.

“What’s the point of fighting for his right to have babies, when he can’t have babies?”
“It is symbolic of our struggle against oppression!”
“Symbolic of his struggle against reality…”
Life of Brian


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.

Adrian Benton, Margaret Mitchell, and Dirk Hovy: Multitask Learning for Mental Health Conditions with Limited Social Media Data. EACL, 2017 (acceptance rate 27%).
[Abstract]  [PDF]


Dirk Hovy and Shannon L. Spruit: The Social Impact of Natural Language Processing. ACL short, 2016 (acceptance rate 22%).
[Abstract]  [PDF]


Dirk Hovy: Demographic Factors Improve Classification Performance. ACL long, 2015 (acceptance rate 25%).
[Abstract]  [PDF]

Anders Johannsen, Dirk Hovy, and Anders Søgaard: Cross-lingual Syntactic Variation over Age and Gender. CoNLL, 2015 (acceptance rate 30%).
[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: ReProsis (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 Bocconi University
- 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
Workshop Villa Vigoni; Google Research Zurich; Keynote WNUT workshop at EMNLP; Google NLP Workshop NYC; CLARIN network meeting Kaunas; Ruhr-University Bochum; Keynote SocialNLP workshop at EACL; Data Science Day, Microsoft Copenhagen
Royal Library, Copenhagen; 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
2017 Local arrangement chair EMNLP 2017 (with Anders Søgaard)
  Co-organizer NLPandCSS workshop at ACL (with David Bamman, A. Seza Doğruöz, David Jurgens, Brendan O'Connor, Oren Tsur, and Svitlana Volkova)
  Co-organizer Ethics in NLP Workshop at EACL (with Emily Bender, Margaret Mitchell, Michael Strube, Shannon Spruit, and Hanna Wallach)
  Co-organizer Abusive Language Online Workshop at ACL (with Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Joel Tetreault, and Zeerak Waseem)
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 Joachim Bingel)
- 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
Emma Fowler: Exploring suicide related language on Twitter. An investigation of suicide related language prior to and following a self-stated suicide attempt, MSc.
Nora-Hjördis Moser: Development of an environment-invariant algorithm for predictive maintenance solutions in manufacturing, MSc.
Sune Andreas Dybro Debel: Deep Multi-Task Learning For Relation Extraction, MSc.
Alex Murphy: Multivariate pattern analysis and fMRI Applications to neurolinguistics, MSc.
Kenneth Teirlynck: Multilingual Topic Modeling: Discovering Topics Across Aligned Multilingual Documents, MSc.
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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