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Prof. Dr. Georg Rehm

Technologies for content curation in times of crisis, doubt and uncertainty

In the BMBF-funded project QURATOR we have developed a diverse set of different technologies that assist human users in their task of curating, processing, handling or working with and on digital content. The first part of the presentation will provide an overview of the project QURATOR and its sister project PANQURA, which is especially focused on digital content that relates to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the second part we’ll present selected scientific results from both projects that emphasise the use of technologies for the curation of digital content in times of crisis, doubt and uncertainty. This relates, among others, to experiments and implemented software tools for the automatic classification of a document’s political bias as well as its credibility. We also take a look at the automatic detection of hatespeech and related aspects.

Über Prof. Dr. Georg Rehm

Prof. Dr. Georg Rehm works as a Principal Researcher in the Speech and Language Technology Lab at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), in Berlin.

Currently, Georg Rehm is the Coordinator of European Language Grid (ELG; EU, 2019-2022), Co-coordinator of European Language Equality (ELE; EU, 2021-2022) and involved, as a principal investigator, in the following projects: PANQURA (BMBF, 2021-2022), HumanE-AI-Net (EU, 2020-2023), SPEAKER (BMWK, 2020-2023), OpenGPT-X (BMWK, 2022-2024) and NFDI4DS (DFG, 2021-2026).

In April 2021, Georg Rehm was appointed honorary professor for outstanding achievements in research and education at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin where he is affiliated with the Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik. In October 2018, Georg Rehm was awarded the honorary appointment as a DFKI Research Fellow for outstanding scientific achievements and special accomplishments in technology transfer.

In early 2022, Georg Rehm joined the company Field 33 as Head of Research and AI. Field 33 develops a platform for the future of organisations, tackling and also untangling the complexity inherent in decision processes.

In the past, Georg Rehm was, among others, a Principal Investigator in the EU-funded project Lynx: Building the Legal Knowledge Graph for Smart Compliance Services in Multilingual Europe (2017-2021), Coordinator of the BMBF-funded projects Digitale Kuratierungstechnologien (2015-2018) and QURATOR (2018-2022) as well as Coordinator of the EU-funded project CRACKER (2015-2017). From 2010 to 2013 he was the project manager of T4ME, the original META-NET project.

Since 2013, Georg Rehm has been the Head of the German/Austrian Chapter of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), hosted at DFKI in Berlin. Also related to ICT and standardisation, Georg Rehm is a member of the DIN Presidential Committee FOCUS.ICT.

Georg Rehm is the General Secretary of META-NET, an EU-funded Network of Excellence consisting of 60 research centers from 34 countries, dedicated to building the technological foundations of a multilingual European information society.

In the 2021/2022 term, Georg Rehm serves as the Secretary of the EACL (European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics).

Georg Rehm holds an M.A. in Computational Linguistics and Artificial Intelligence, Linguistics and Computer Science from the University of Osnabrück. After completing his PhD in Computational Linguistics at the University of Gießen, he worked at the University of Tübingen, leading projects on the sustainability of language resources and technologies. After being responsible for the language technology development at an award-winning internet startup in Berlin, he joined DFKI in early 2010.

Georg Rehm has authored, co-authored or edited more than 200 research publications and co-edited, together with Hans Uszkoreit, the META-NET White Paper Series Europe's Languages in the Digital Age as well as the META-NET Strategic Research Agenda for Multilingual 2020.