About us

About Us

The German Society for Computational Linguistics and Language Technology (GSCL) is the scientific association in the German-speaking countries and regions for research, teaching and professional work in natural language processing.


Executive Board of the GSCL

The German Society for Language Technology and Computational Linguistics acts through its honorary mandate holders. The executive committee is responsible for all matters of the GSCL - e.g. convocation of the general meeting and implementation of its decisions, preparation of a budget, representation of GSCL to the outside - unless they are assigned by the statute to another body.

Prof. Dr. Torsten Zesch

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Dr. Annemarie Friedrich

Vice President
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Dr. Josef Ruppenhofer

Information Officer
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PhD Gertrud Faaß

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Dr. Bernhard Fisseni

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Prof. Dr. Christian Wartena

Editor of JLCL
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GSCL Advisory Board

The Advisory Board has the task of advising and assisting the Board in all matters relating to the work and tasks of the Association, including budgetary matters.

Dr. Nicolai Erbs


Prof. Dr. Cerstin Mahlow

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften

Dr. Ines Rehbein

Universität Mannheim

PD Dr. Roman Schneider (Speaker)

Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS) Mannheim

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schroeder

Universität Duisburg-Essen

Prof. Dr. Heike Zinsmeister

Universität Hamburg

Mission and Charter

The GSCL is the scientific association for research, teaching and professional work on natural language processing. It registered as a non-profit association, the charter can be found here. The society represents the interests of its members and promotes cooperation between the members and their working fields, such as:

  • automatic NL analysis and generation
  • corpus engineering and corpus linguistics
  • document processing and text technology
  • information retrieval and knowledge management
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • dictionaries and terminological databases
  • machine translation
  • human-machine communication
  • multimedia and hypermedia
  • tools for literary and linguistic research

The GSCL also supports shared task initiatives like GermEval, the cooperation with neighbouring disciplines (e.g., linguistics and semiotics, computer science and mathematics, psychology and cognitive science, data and information science, digital humanities), and keeps contact to the respective associations. There are international contacts with organisations like the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) and the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH), formerly Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing (ALLC).