Barbara Plank

Barbara Plank

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I'm working at CST (Center for Language Technology) at the University of Copenhagen. My research focuses on cross-domain and cross-language natural language processing. I am interested in robust language technology, learning under sample selection bias (domain adaptation, transfer learning), annotation bias (embracing annotator disagreements in learning) and generally, semi-supervised and weakly-supervised machine learning.

Short Bio

  • since Sep 2014: Assistant Professor, CST, UCPH
  • Postdoc, CST, Copenhagen (Aug 2013-Aug 2014), LOWLANDS
  • Postdoc, DISI, Trento (Nov 2011-June 2013), LiMoSiNe project
  • Ph.D., Alfa-informatica, University of Groningen (2007-2011)
  • MSc European Masters Program in Language and Communication Technologies (EM-LCT). University of Bozen-Bolzano (Italy) and University of Amsterdam (UvA, The Netherlands) (2007).
  • BSc, Computer Science, University of Bozen-Bolzano (2005).

Code & Data

News & Events

  • March 2016: our LREC 2016 paper on personality and gender profiling on Twitter is ready!
  • Jan 2016: I'm ACL 2016 publicity chair
  • Jan 2016: LREC paper accepted
  • December 2015: Invited talk in Heidelberg
  • December 2015: JAIR survey paper accepted
  • November 2015: TLT paper accepted
  • October 2015: Keynote speaker at Atila 2015, Antwerp; Guest lecture in Gothenburg.
  • September 2015: Publicity chair EMNLP 2015, Lisbon
  • Juli 2015: WASSA 2015 paper on personality traits accepted
  • June 2015: CoNLL paper accepted on correlating dependency parsing measures with human judgements
  • April 2015: Two ACL long papers accepted!
  • Feb 2015: Two NAACL papers accepted!
  • Jan 2015: I'm EMNLP 2015 publicity chair
  • Dec 2014: AAAI paper accepted
  • Nov 28, 2014: Visiting Uppsala
  • November 2014: I love the command line and gave a tiny introduction to it for text processing recently, you can find it here: No black magic: Text processing using the UNIX command line
  • Our paper on super-sense tagging received the *SEM best paper award!
  • Our Coling tutorial slides on part II: sample selection bias - more on the Lowlands site
  • July 2014: EMNLP paper accepted
  • May 2014: Our paper "Adapting taggers to Twitter with not-so-distant supervision" is accepted at COLING
  • April 2014: Our paper on "What's in a p-value in NLP" is accepted at CoNLL 2014, two Lowlands papers accepted at ACL 2014 short, and one ACL workshop paper (WAASA 2014)
  • Paper on Opinion Mining on YouTube to appear at ACL 2014
  • Our EACL 2014 paper received the best long paper award!
  • Jan 2014: Four accepted LREC papers by people from Lowlands
  • December 20, 2013: Lowlands EACL 2014 paper accepted on Learning POS taggers with inter-annotator agreement loss
  • December 12, 2013: Going to Gothenburg to give a talk on tagging Twitter, CLT Seminar series
  • Attending PhD defense and Workshop in Groningen, April 2013
  • Splet 2012 Shared task: Dependency Parsing of Legal Texts
  • December 8, 2011: My PhD thesis defense in Groningen.
  • Going to ACL 2011 in Portland, Orlando -- Second paper with Daniel de Kok and Gertjan van Noord got accepted!
  • Autumn 2010: List of genre-annotated WSJ files (updated) (cf. Webber, 2009: "Genre distinctions for discourse in the Penn Treebank")
  • July 2010: We organized an ACL 2010 workshop on Domain Adaptation for NLP (DANLP)
  • June 19, 2009: Khalil Sima'an in Groningen, CLCG colloqium
  • January 12-16, 2009 at RUG: MaxEnt tutorial by Rob Malouf
  • The 19th edition of CLIN (Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands) will be held in Groningen on Thursday, January 22, 2009, in conjunction with the 7th edition of TLT
  • International Workshop TLT 7 (Treebank and Linguistic Theories), Groningen January 23 and 24, 2009.
  • May 15, 2008: LCT PhD student's day in Bozen-Bolzano, Italy


b <lastname> (at) gmail (dot) com
bplank (at) cst (dot) dk

Barbara Plank
CST, University of Copenhagen
Njalsgade 140, bygn. 25, Lokale 25-4-28 (campus map)
DK-2300 Copenhagen S

Tel. +45 21 18 08 67


At last, a computer that understands you like your mother.
--1985, McDonnell-Douglas ad (Lee, 2004)