Dissertations / Habilitations

Open dissertation topics

Dissertation topics in consultation with the professors.

Current dissertations

Nachname Vorname Projekttitel E-Mail HP
Amsler Michi Towards an automated Media Content Analysis: inductive Framing Analysis based on Methods of computational Linguistics  here here
Frurrer Lenz Large-scale Automatic Extraction of Actionable Information from the Biomedical Literature here here
Läubli Samuel Machine Translation and Human-Computer Interaction here here
Kew Tannon Task Oriented Text Generation here here
Ellendorff Tilia Using Large Databases in order to Detect Interactions in Biomedical Text here here
Makarov Peter Automated Content Analysis: Mining for Protest Events here here
Müller Mathias Robust Neural Machine Translation Systems here here
Ströbel Phillip Cross-linguistic Modeling of Historic Topic Relations here here
Aepli Noëmi Natural Language Processing for Low-Resource Language Variations here here
Vamvas Jannis Evaluation of Multilingual Models here here
Amrhein Chantal Improving Transfer From Multilingual Machine Translation Models to Low-Resource Languages here here

Attention: Some of the project titles are still provisional.​

Completed dissertations

  • Lenz Furrer : Multi-type Bio-domain Named Entity Recognition and Normalisation
    Referenten : Prof. Dr. Martin Volker, Dr. Filip Ginter
  • Samuel Läubli : Machine Translation for Professional Translators
    Referenten : Prof. Dr. Martin Volker, Prof. Dr. Rico Sennrich, Dr. Joss Moorkens
  • Michi Amsler : Using Lexical-Semantic Concepts for Fine-Grained Classification in the Embedding Space
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, Prof. Dr. Wouter van Atteveldt, PD Dr. Gerold Schneider, 2020
    PDF at Zurich Open Repository and Archive
  • Johannes Graën: Exploiting alignment in multiparallel corpora for applications in linguistics and language learning
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, Prof. Dr. Stefan Evert, Prof. Dr. Marianne Hundt, 2018
  • Magdalena Plamadă: Exploiting comparable corpora for domain-specific statistical machine translation. 
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, Prof. Dr. Jörg Tiedemann, 2017
  • Laura Mascarell: Crossing Sentence Boundaries in Machine Translation
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, Dr. Mark Fishel, 2017
    PDF (PDF, 1 MB)
  • Don Tuggener: Incremental Coreference Resolution for German
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, PD Dr. Gerold Schneider, Dr. Manfred Klenner, 2016.
  • Sarah Ebling: Automatic Translation from German to Synthesized Swiss German Sign Language
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, Prof. Dr. Elvira Glaser, Prof. Dr. Pierrette Bouillon, 2016.
  • Kyoko Sugisaki: Automatic Annotation and Assessment of Syntactic Structures in Law Texts Combining Rule-Based and Statistical Methods. Referenten: Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, PD Dr. Gerold Schneider, Prof. Dr. Sandra Kübler, 2016.
  • Annette Rios: A Basic Language Technology Toolkit for Quechua
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, Prof. Dr. Balthasar Bickel, 2015.
  • Rico Sennrich: Domain Adaptation for Translation Models in Statistical Machine Translation,
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Martin Volk, Prof. Dr. Holger Schwenk, Prof. Dr. Michael Hess, 2013.
  • Cerstin Mahlow: Linguistisch unterstütztes Redigieren: Konzept und exemplarische Umsetzung basierend auf interaktiven computerlinguistischen Ressourcen
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Michael Hess, Dr. Michael Zock, März 2011. Permanenter Link der HBZ
  • Fabio Rinaldi: Knowledge Mining over Scientific Literature and Technical Documentation,
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Michael Hess, Prof. Margaret King, March 2008.
  • Gerold Schneider: A low-complexity, broad-coverage probabilistic Dependency Parser for English,
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Michael Hess, Dr. Paola Merlo, September 2006.
  • Simon Clematide: Syntaktische Desambiguierung von koordinierten Strukturen,
    Referent: Prof. Dr. Michael Hess, April 2006.
  • Richard Forster: A Flexible Approach to Document Clustering in an Open Search Context,
    Referentenen: Prof. Dr. Michael Hess, Prof. Dr. Abraham Bernstein, April 2006. PDF
  • Uta Schwertel: Plural Semantics For Natural Language Understanding; A Computational Proof-Theoretic Approach,
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Michael Hess, Dr. N.E. Fuchs; Mai 2005.
  • Rolf Schwitter: Kontrolliertes Englisch für Anforderungsspezifikationen,
    Referenten: Prof. Dr. Michael Hess, Prof. Dr. Harald Burger, Dr. N.E. Fuchs; Januar 1998.


  • Noah Bubenhofer: Visuelle Linguistik. Zur Genese, Funktion und Kategorisierung von Diagrammen in der Linguistik. September 2019.
  • Gerold Schneider: Applying Computational Linguistics and Language Models: From Descriptive Linguistics to Text Mining and Psycholinguistics. Habilitation thesis. Department of English, Institute of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich. April 2014.
  • Martin Volk: The Automatic Resolution of Prepositional Phrase - Attachment Ambiguities in German. Habilitation thesis. Faculty of Arts, University of Zurich. September 2001. (PDF, 1 MB)Abstract