Every two years, GSCL awards two prizes worth € 400 each for the best student undergraduate thesis and for the best master's thesis in the field of language technology and computational linguistics.
The nomination will be done by a supervisor. The lecturers at universities and technical colleges in German-speaking countries are called upon to encourage their best graduates of the past two years to submit a summary of their thesis. Based on a blind reviewing process, members of the GSCL Board select the best papers in a pre-selection process. These will then be presented by the authors at the KONVENS meeting in the final round. Travel costs and conference fees are borne by the GSCL.
The next selection round will take place in the summer of 2021, information follows at a given time.
Award winners since 2001:
Master: Isabel Meraner (Zürich): Grasping the Nettle: Neural Entity Recognition for Scientific and Vernacular Plant Names
Bachelor: Rami Aly (Hamburg): Hierarchical writing genre classification with neural networks
Master: Mathias Müller (Zurich): Treatment of Markup in Statistical Machine Translation
Bachelor: Katarina Ragna Krüger (Potsdam): Assessing the Dimensions of Factuality in Biomedical Text
Master: Edo Collins (Tübingen): Classifying German Noun-Noun Compounds Using Stacked Denoising Autoencoders
Bachelor: Glorianna Jagfeld (Stuttgart): Towards a Better Semantic Role Labeling of Complex Predicates
Marcel Bollmann (Bochum): Automatic Normalization for Linguistic Annotation of Historical Language Data
Christian M. Meyer (Darmstadt): Combining Answers from Heterogenous Web Documents for Question Answering
Christian Hardmeier (Basel): Using Linguistic Annotations in Statistical Machine Translation of Film Subtitles
Pierre Lison (Saarbrücken): Robust Processing of Spoken Dialogue
Jette Klein-Berning (Heidelberg): Multilingual Information Retrieval with Latent Semantic Indexing
The German Society for Computational Linguistics (GSCL) is to award a prize for an excellent doctoral thesis in the field of language technology / computational linguistics once every two years. The thesis must have been submitted in one of the disciplines or its subdisciplines.
Candidates should have defended their work (viva voce), but not earlier than May 2018. Prior nomination for other awards is permitted. Theses from all German-speaking countries are acceptable (Austria, Germany and Switzerland) as well as from any other country, as long as the topic is focused on the German language.
The following documentation must be submitted in the PDF format:
a copy of the thesis
at least one recommendation (generally by the first referee)
summary of the doctoral thesis (max. 10 pages)
list of the candidate’s publications
Work that marks relevant progress and can be expected to significantly advance language technology / computational linguistics will be considered for the award. The successful candidate will be awarded € 1000. Submission deadline for 2020: May 31, 2020, 23:59 CEST. All documents must be submitted by this date, either in German or English, per Email to email@example.com. The jury members have been nominated by the scientific advisory board of the GSCL.
It is possible to increase the number of awardees, and the prize money can be shared. Recourse to the courts is ruled out.