2015 - nowGerman Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Berlin
Project manager and researcher focussing on medical text processing, anonymization and clinical decision support; projects: smartNTX, PRIMA-AI, KIBATIN, ADBoard, KEEPHA (Knowledge-Enhanced information Extraction across languages for PHArmacovigilance), vALID (Artificial-Intelligence-Driven Decision-Making in the Clinic: Ethical, Legal and Societal Challenges), Big Data for Medical Analytics (BigMedilytics), Medical Allround-Care Service Solution (MACSS)
2012 - 2015University of Sheffield, England
PhD student in the natural language processing group, focus on self-supervised relation extraction using UMLS
2011NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Kyoto/Japan
Research intern in the lab for digital signal processing
2008 - 2011German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), Berlin
Software Engineer, working in the projects SpeechEval, SmartSenior and DiaSim
2006 - 2008Comlet Verteilte Systeme GmbH, Zweibrücken/Germany
Software Engineer in the field of Embedded/Automotive Systems

Other Working Experiences

since 2018Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Guest researcher working on information extraction from clinical text and risk prediction models
2023Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Nara/Japan
Visiting researcher (2 weeks)
2021-2022FOM University of Applied Sciences for Economics and Management
Freelance lecturer in Computer Science
2022University Paris-Saclay/LISN, Paris/France
Visiting researcher (6 weeks)
2015University of the Basque Country/IXA, San Sebastian/Spain
Visiting researcher (4 weeks)
2011NTT Communication Science Laboratories, Kyoto/Japan
Research intern in the lab for digital signal processing (6 months)
2005 - 2006IWI - Institute for Information Systems, Saarbrücken/Germany
Student assistent in the field software development, focus eLearning
2004 - 2005CLT - Sprachtechnologie GmbH, Saarbrücken/Germany
Student assistent in the field software development, focus spoken dialog systems
2003Laboroxx GmbH, Trier/Germany
Internship in the field of web applications

Teaching Activities

-NLP4Health - Natural Language Processing for Healthcare (hands-on) Seminar at TU Berlin (2023)
-Artifical Intelligence Lecture at FOM Berlin in 2022 and 2021 (Bachelor)
-Natural Language Processing Seminar at TU Berlin in 2021, 2019 and 2018 (Master, Bachelor)
-Demonstrator for Devices and Networks at University of Sheffield in 2014, 2013 and 2012 (Bachelor)
-Demonstrator for Automata, Logic and Computation at University of Sheffield in 2014 and 2013 (Bachelor)
-Demonstrator for Foundations of Computer Science at University of Sheffield in 2012 (Bachelor)


(ongoing) Doctoral thesis of Mirco Giannini "Erstellung eines Chatbots für die ambulante Versorgung von PatientInnen nach Nieren- und / oder Pankreastransplantation am Beispiel von Infektionen - eine methodische Etablierung"
(ongoing) Doctoral thesis of Margarita Rytvina "Optimierung und erste Evaluierung eines KI-Modells zur Prädiktion von Harnwegsinfekten bei erwachsenen PatientInnen nach Nieren- und / oder Pankreastransplantation"
2024Master thesis of Jasper Spierling "Enhancing the Information Extraction from Clinical Trials with Large Language Models"
2023PhD thesis of Lisa Raithel "Cross-lingual Information Extraction for the Assessment and Prevention of Adverse Drug Reactions"
2023Bachelor thesis of Tim Pegler "Limitierte Trainingsdaten für die automatisierte Vorhersage des Performance Status von Tumorpatienten"
2023Master Thesis of Ibrahim Baroud "Dealing with Offensive Language for Automatic Joke Generation"
2023Bachelor Thesis of Mohammed Hasan Hamed Bin Sumait "Negation detection in German using machine translation"
2023Bachelor Thesis of Abdelkader Alkadour "Unsupervised Cross-Lingual Trend Analysis in Online-News"
2022Bachelor Thesis of Iyadh Ben Cheikh Larbi "Systematic Effects of Text Anonymization Methods on State-of-the-Art Machine Learning Models"
2021Master Thesis of Elif Kara "Correlations between depression and pronoun use: A collostructional case study on the copula construction"
2021Bachelor Thesis of Gerhard Hass "Extraktion von Medikamentennebenwirkungen aus Texten: Ein Ansatz mit Distant Supervised Learning"
2020Master Thesis of Necip Oguz Serbetci "Self-supervised pre-training for learning distributed representations for electronic health records"
2020Master Thesis of Priya Sivasubramanian "Clustering as a means to support decision making in artificial intelligence - Medical use case: Sepsis Prediction"
2019Master Thesis of Gaurav Vashisth "Exploring Diachronic Changes of Biomedical Knowledge"
2019Master Thesis of Oliver Marten "Nonfaktizität in deutschen, klinischen Texten"
2019Diploma Thesis of Arne Binder "Training recursive compositional models with hierarchical linguistic information for semantic tasks in NLP"
2018Master Thesis of Laura Seiffe "Linguistic Modeling for Text Analytic Tasks for German Clinical Texts"


- From 2020 to 2023, I was co-organizing the colloquium in the Speech and Language Technology group at DFKI.
- In the past I was reviewing for ARR (2022), EMNLP (2023, 2022, 2021), ACL (2023, 2022, 2021), Coling (2022, 2020, 2018), AIME (2022), AMIA (2021, 2020), EACL (2017), IWCS (2019), BioNLP (2022, 2021, 2020, 2019), Qurator (2021), Methods of Information in Medicine (2021).
- Co-organization of different shared tasks:
   * MedNLP-SC at NTCIR-17 in 2023
   * Biomedical Translation Shared Task at WMT in 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020 and 2017
   * SpRadIE - Information Extraction from Spanish radiology reports, at CLEF eHealth 2021