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Ralf Steinberger

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Ralf Steinberger is a senior scientist at the JRC in Ispra, Italy. He is a computational linguist with specialisation in multilingual and cross-lingual text analysis applications.

As part of the Text and Data Mining Unit, he contributes to the development of the Europe Media Monitor (EMM) family of news analysis applications, including NewsExplorer.

EMM gathers about 300,000 online news articles per day in about seventy languages from thousands of online news sources. EMM pre-processes the multilingual news automatically, using Language Technology methods, to support information-seeking users in their daily work. EMM users include the European institutions, the EU's Member States, international organisations and the general public (Read: An introduction to the Europe Media Monitor family of applications).

Ralf heavily contributes to the creation and free distribution of large-scale and highly multilingual Language Technology resources. These include the parallel corpora JRC-Acquis, DGT-Acquis, and the Digital Corpus of the European Parliament; the Translation Memories DGT-TM, ECDC-TM, EAC-TM; the multi-label document categorisation software JRC Eurovoc Indexer; as well as the multilingual name variant resource JRC-Names (Read: An overview of the European Union's highly multilingual parallel corpora).

Main scientific interests: Computational Linguistics; Text Mining; Natural Language Processing; Information Extraction; Named Entity Recognition (persons, organisations, geographic locations, events and more); Document Clustering and (Multi-label) Categorisation; Summarisation; Terminology Extraction; Summarisation; Quotation Recognition; Opinion Mining (Sentiment Analysis); Multilingual Linguistic Resources.

Career History: Ralf received his Ph.D. in 1994 in the field of Computational Linguistics/Machine Translation from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in England. Before joining the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in 1998, Ralf worked at the Sharp Laboratories of Europe in Oxford (UK), at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and at the Institute for Applied Information Science IAI in Saarbr├╝cken (Germany). He also spent some time working with the African Union in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia).

Publications: Ralf has co-authored over 100 international peer-reviewed scientific publications, accessible via the JRC's Publications Repository and via Ralf's Google Scholar profile. He has been invited to be a keynote speaker at various scientific conferences. There is also a list of over 200 Language Technology publications by other JRC-EMM members.

Personal interests: Besides Language Technology, Ralf is interested in travel, photography and playing table tennis.

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