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Portrait of Michael Piotrowski

I am professor (PAST-PTC) of digital humanities in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Lausanne (UNIL) in Switzerland. I am co-director of the Laboratory of Digital humanities and Cultures of the University of Lausanne and academic co-director of the UNIL–EPFL Center for Digital Humanities.

My main research interests are knowledge representation and formal modeling in the humanities and language technology for historical texts. I’m the author of the first text book on NLP for historical texts (published by Morgan & Claypool). I also have a long-standing interest in document engineering and interactive editing and authoring aids (LingURed).

Before coming to Lausanne, I headed the Digital Humanities research group at the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz, Germany. At the IEG I lead several projects, including the institute’s contributions to DARIAH-DE (funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research [BMBF]).

I received my doctoral degree in Computer Science in 2009 from Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany. My dissertation’s title is Document-Oriented E-Learning Components.

I also hold an M.A. in Computational Linguistics, English Philology, and Applied Linguistics from Friedrich–Alexander University Erlangen–Nuremberg, Germany. My master’s thesis is entitled NLP-Supported Full-Text Retrieval.



Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Piotrowski
Section des sciences du langage et de l'information
Quartier UNIL-Chamberonne
Bâtiment Anthropole
1015 Lausanne

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