Jan Hajič

office
Room 420
office hours
Monday 10:00-11:30 (unless traveling)
email
jan.hajic@mff.cuni.cz
phone
+420 951 554 257
fax
+420 257 223 293
address
Malostranské náměstí 25
118 00 Praha 1
Czech Republic

(Major) News

2017/10/31 The last Workprogramme (2018-2020) of the H2020 EU reserach funding has been published. After 4 years, there is again one EUR 25M call for Language Technology, thanks to the efforts of the whole META-NET community. 

2017/09/15 Our proposal for DARIAH CZ infrastructure has passed 2st round of evaluation succesfully, with the second highest mark possible, only with a request to reduce budget. Funding will start after the next government's budget approval in 2019 or 2020 - jointly with LINDAT/CLARIN, which obtained the highest possible evaluation grade by the international evaluation board. Thanks to all members of the LINDAT/CLARIN team for this achievement!

2017/06/20 The Structural Funds project to improve LINDAT/CLARIN infrastructure has finally been signed, for 2017-2019. It will allow to expand our computing and data storage capabilities, as well as to fund some infrastructural research.

2017/04/01 Our proposal for DARIAH CZ infrastructure has passed 1st round of evaluation succesfully. We are now working with our 9 partner institutions on a full proposal for the 2nd round.

2017/04/01 Two new NAKI II projects have started, one of which I coordinate (VIADAT). We also particiapte on another project coordinated by our colleagues at the University of West Bohemia, with the Institute for the Study of totalitarian Regimes.

2017/01/01 A project to help the Prague's Mayor's Office to better search in public documents has started, funded from Prague's Structural Funds (for 2017-2018).

2016/03/01 I have started my Adjunct Professor position at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Department of Computer Science, working with Martha Palmer and others on Computational Linguistics, NLP and new multilingual language resources.

2016/01/01 Second phase of the LINDAT/CLARIN Research Infrastructure has started, of which I mamthe PI. It has been reduced by the government decision of 2015/12/21 in budget and time, but it will allow us to continue our work on language resources and service.

 


Research Interests, Grants

My research interest evolved from morphology and tagging of inflective languages (lexicons, analysis and generation tools - see this demo) to machine translation (French-English while at IBM and Czech-English; also, Czech-Russian and other closely related languages). I am also interested in parsing (see e.g. the CLSP Workshop on parsing Czech) and generation. However, in the past 10 years, I devoted most of my research time to creating linguistic resources, such as the Prague Dependency Treebank family of projects (CzechEnglishArabic) and managing new research projects, mainly funded by the EU (see below for a complete list). I am also involved in the Universal Dependencies project, led by Joakim Nivre of Uppsala University. My management responsibilities include the LINDAT/CLARIN Research Infrastructure and also being the Deputy Chair of the Institute.

I am also interested in spoken language understanding. I participated in the now finishing project Malach, both on the language modeling part (for ASR), on thesaurus translation and on the IR Czech test collection.

I closely work not only with my students, but also with other Czech and foreign teams, such as the University or West Bohemia in the Czech Republic, Center for Speech and Language Processing at the JHU, the CLEAR lab at CU BoulderLinguistic Data Consortium, the European Language Resources Association (ELRA/ELDA), and several European Universities on EU projects (see below).

I am or have been the PI, or the national PI of several major Czech, EU and NSF (US) research projects. The list of current projects (or of those finished within the last 10 years) is below.

 

 Projects 

2010-2015, extended to 2019 LINDAT/CLARIN, Large infrastructural grant for language resources, data access and distribution and related reseearch, project LM2010013 and since 2016 as LM2015071 of the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic; now complemented by the Structural Funds project "OP VVV LINDAT/CLARIN" for equipment and computing facilities extensions and renewal (PI)
2017-2018 "Document Access" (sub)project for Prague's Mayor's Office (PI)
2016-2018 Mellon Foundation grant, with Brandeis Univ. (coordinator), Vassar Univ., Univ. of Tübingen - harmonization of access to language resources and tools between LAPPS Grid and Clarin
2016-2019 VIADAT, Virtual Assistent for Access to Oral History Archives, with the Institute of Contemporary Hisotory of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and the National Film Archive of the Czech Republic (PI)
2015-2017 CRACKER, Cracking the Language Barrier: Coordination, Evaluation and Resources for European MT Research. H2020 CSA, PI of the Czech partner, Charles University in Prague. Under negotiation. Coordinated by Hans Uszkoreit, DFKI Berlin, Germany.
2015-2018 HimL, Health in my Language. H2020 Innovation Action. PI of the Czech partner, Charles University in Prague. Under negotiation. Coordinated by Barry Haddow, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
2015-2018 QT21, Quality Translation 21. H2020 Research and Innovatio Action. PI of the Czech partner, Charles University in Prague. Under negotiation. Coordinated by Barry Haddow, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
2013-2016 QTLeap, Quality Translation by Deep Language Engineering Approaches. FP7 STREP project. PI of the Czech partner, Charles University in Prague. Coordinated by Antonio Branco, FCUL, Lisabon, Portugal.
2011-2015 AMALACH, Access to multilingual archives, with ZCU in Pilsen and USC, Los Angeles, USA, a Czech Ministry of Culture applied project. PI of the grant.
2011-2014 EUDAT, European Data Infrastructure, Large infrastructural EU project. PI of the Czech partner, Charles University in Prague.
2010-2014 Khresmoi, IP of the 7th FP of the EU (Coordinator: Hennig Müller, HES-SO, Switzerland)
2010-2013 META-NET, Network of Excellence of the 7th FP of the EU - Building the Multilingual Europe Technology Alliance (coordinated by DFKI, Berlin, Prof. Hans Uszkoreit)
2010-2013 Faust, STREP of the 7th FP of the EU - Feedback analysis for improved Statistical Machine Translation (Coordinator: William Byrne, University of Cambridge)
2009-2012 EuroMatrixPlus, STREP of the 7th FP of the EU (Coordinator: Hans Uszkoreit, Univ. of Saarland, Germany)
2006-2010 Companions, IP of the 6th FP of the EU - Conversational Dialogue system (Coordinator: Yorick Wilks, Univ. of Sheffield, GB)
2005-2011 Center for Computational Linguistics, a virtual Center for joint research with the University of West Bohemia, Masaryk University of Brno, and the Institute of the Czech Language in Prague)
2006-2010 PIRE, a project funded by the NSF to promote U.S. graduate student education in Europe. Topic: Investigation of Meaning Representations in Language Understanding for Speech Reconstruction and Machine Translation Systems.
2002-2007 Malach, project for automatic speech recognition (in many languages) of taped interviews with Holocaust survivors, collected by the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Also, Information Retrieval experiments and resource creation.

Before that, I have been the PI or Co-PI of many other projects, such as the Czech Grant-Agency supported highly collaborative, nation-wide Czech National Corpus project (2003-2006), of several collaborative grants for mutual visits to/from U.S. institutions (Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Colorado), and of several smaller subcontracting grants (such as the U.S.-based GALE project). In the 90s, I have been the Czech PI of several collaborative EU projects specifically aimed at the formerly Soviet Bloc Countries (EU project STEEL, EU project CEGLEX).

I have been working on some other grants as a researcher as well, such as the predecessor Center for Computational Linguistics (2000-2004), the Laboratory for Linguistic Data (1996-2000), Czech-English MT project supported by the Czech Grant Agency MATRACE (1993-1995), and many smaller projects.

Several industrial projects have got my attention as well, such as the Czech Grammar Checker project and certain lexicon(s) for Microsoft, morphological databases for companies like IBM, Xerox, Lotus, Morphologic, Zi Corp., Lernout & Hauspie, and cooperation on product development for several Czech companies, such as ASPI (legal information system using NL search), Oracle (the Oracle Context product) and morphological dictionary development for the Czech and Slovak portals centrum.cz and centrum.sk. I now contiune to be engaged in negotiations with national as well as international companies regarding licensing of lagnauge resources and/or providing services, such as secure machine translation and others.

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Short Bio

My full  CV (only slightly outdated...) can be downloaded from here (in English); the Czech version is here.

2003- Institute of Formal and Applied LinguisticsSchool of Computer ScienceFaculty of Mathematics and PhysicsCharles University in Prague. Vice-director (2012-). LINDAT/CLARIN infrastructural project director/coordinator (2010-). Director (2003-2011). Acting director (2001-2003, 2011-2012). 
2016- Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of Colorado in Boulder. Adjunct Professor. 
2008- Full Professor of the Charles University in Prague
2003-2007 Associate Professor of the Charles University in Prague
2002 Team Leader, CLSP JHU Summer Workshop, Generation in the Context of Machine Translation
1999-2000 Visiting Assistant Professor, Computer Science Dept. and Center for Speech and Language Processing, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA. Teaching "Introduction to NLP" (two semesters) and "Data Structures"
1998 Team Leader, CLSP JHU Summer Workshop, Core Natural Language Processing Technology Applicable to Multiple Languages
1994 PhD ("Dr.") in Computational Linguistics, Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsCharles University in Prague. Topic: Computational Morphology of Czech.
1993-2003 Researcher, Assistant Professor, Institute of Formal and Applied LinguisticsSchool of Computer ScienceFaculty of Mathematics and Physics,Charles University in Prague.
1991-1993 Visiting Scientist, IBM T.J.Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, NY, USA. Project: Candide (Statistical Machine Translation French -> English, project head(s): Robert Mercer, Peter Brown)
1990,1991 Visiting Scientist, ISSCO, Univ. of Geneva, Switzerland. Project: Multilingual Morphological Analysis.
1984-1991 Researcher, Research Institute of Mathematical Machines, Prague. Project: Machine Translation Czech -> Russian (software documentation).
1979-1984 Bc. & Master Degree study, Faculty of Mathematics and PhysicsCharles University in Prague (high honors, RNDr. 1984, thesis topic: Natural Language Robot Control).

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Publications

My complete list of publications as recorded in our Institute's bibliography system is here. The full publication database of our Institute can be found here. 

Some pre-2000 publications can be missing from the above system. For a complete list of my publications published before 2008 please see this PDF.

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Teaching

I am now teaching an adapted version of the "Introduction to (statistical) NLP" course which I developed while at JHU. The current course is divided into two parts: NPFL067 and NPFL068. Please see also my Hopkins' archive web pages for more information and the complete set of foils in html form.


Service

General Conference Chair

2010 ACL'10, Uppsala, Sweden

Program Committee Chair, Co-chair

2018 Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 16, Prague, Czech Republic, with S. Oepen, S. Kübler
2017 Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 15, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, with S. JKübler, M. Dickinson and A. Przieporkowski
2014 Coling 2014, Dublin, Ireland; Programme Committee co-chair, with Jun-ichi Tsujii.
2012 META-RESEARCH Workshop on Advanced Treebanking, LREC 2012, Istanbul, Turkey (with Koenraad deSmedt, Antonio Branco and Marko Tadic).
2007 TLT'07 (Treebanks and Linguistic Theories), Bergen, Norway
2006 TLT'06 (Treebanks and Linguistic Theories), Prague, Czech Rep.
2003 EACL'03 (European ACL Conference), Budapest, Hungary
2002 EMNLP'02 (Empirical Methods in NLP), Philadelphia, PA, USA
1999 Thematic Session on "Parsing inflective and free word order languages" ACL '99, June 1999, College Park, MD, USA

Program Committee Area Chair, Full PC Member

2004 EMNLP'04, Barcelona, Spain
2004 EAMT Workshop, La Valetta, Malta
2002 ACL'02, Philadelphia, PA, USA
1995 EACL'95, Dublin, Ireland
2003- Text, Speech and Dialog Conference, Czech Rep., (standing) PC (SC) Member

I have also served as a reviewer at additional 38 conferences or workshops (between 1994 and 2013).

Organization of conferences and workshops

2018 Treebanks and Linguistic Theories 16, Prague, Czech Republic, with and associated Data Provenance Workshop by M. Butt 
2014 Fred Jelinek JHU Summer Workshop for Speech and Language Processing, July 2014, Prague, Czech Rep. (in cooperation with Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD, USA)
2012 META-RESEARCH Workshop on Advanced Treebanking, LREC 2012, Istanbul, Turkey.
2007 ACL'07 and EMNLP'07, Prague, Czech Republic (Local Coordinator)
2006 TLT'06, Prague, Czech Republic
2006-2010 Vilem Matheisus Courses (Schools), Prague, Czech Republic

Committees, Boards

2015- Executive Board of META-NET, chair.
2015- Member (external) of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Czech Technical University
2015- Member (external) of the Scientific Council of the Czech Institute for Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, Czech Technical University
2013- Member of the joint Clarin DE / Dariah DE Technical Advisory Board (Germany).
2012-2014 Member of the International Advisory Board, Clarin NL (Netherlands).
2012- Member of the International Committee on Computational Linguistics (ICCL).
2013-2017 Member of the Management Committee (for Czech Republic) for the COST IC1207 Action of the ESF, within the 7th FP EU (PARSEME, IC1207).
2012-2018 Member of the Standing Committee for CLARIN Technical Centres (SCCTC), of the EU-wide language resource infrastructure Clarin ERIC.(1st and 2nd term)
2012-2020 Member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague
2012-2024 Member of the Council of the core research PRVOUK project, awarded to the Computer Science School by the Charles University in Prague; continuing in the PROGRESS Q48 and Q18 project boards
2011-2019 Research Council of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic, member (now in 2nd term)
2011-2012 Expert panel of the Coordinating Committee on the strategy of applied research in the Czech Republic ("Priorities 2030") of the Council for Science, Research and Innovations of the the Czech Republic
2011- Steering Committee for the establishment of the Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics journal.
2011-2012 Scientific Council of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague (1st term)
2010-2014 Subcommittee for social sciences and humanities, Council for Science, Research and Innovations of the government of the Czech Republic
2008-2012 Computational Linguistics, Editorial Board Member
2003- NSF Panels (ITR, HLT)
2002- ACL SIGDAT Advisory Board member
1999-2002 TEI Consortium Board of Directors Member, ACL Representative
1998-1999 TEI Steering Committee Member, ACL Representative
1997- EU Evaluation Committee(s), Research Projects
1996- Grant Agency of the Czech Republic, reviewer (Linguistic and Computer Science Programs)
1995-1996 European Chapter of the ACL Advisory Board Member
1990- Czech National Corpus Founding Member, member of CNC Advisory Board (2016-)

Awards

2012 Silver Medal I of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University in Prague.
2009 Award of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic for the best research project in the programme "Information Society" 2005-2009 (Project: "From natural language to the semantic web")
2005 Co-author of a best student paper at EMNLP 2005, Vancouver, with Ryan McDonald, Fernando Pereira and Kiril Ribarov: "Non-projective Dependency Parsing using Spanning Tree Algorithms"
2001 Silver Medal of the Charles University in Prague (for the Czech National Corpus)

Membership

I am member of the ACL, ISCA, ACM, IEEE, Czech Cybernetics Society and the Prague Linguistic Circle


Former Web Page(s)

You might want to visit my previous page(s) and teaching pages at http://www.cs.jhu.edu/~hajic.

You might also want to visit our Institute's pages at http://ufal.mff.cuni.cz