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
Ellendorff Tilia Using Large Databases in order to Detect Interactions in Biomedical Text here here
Furrer Lenz Large-scale Automatic Extraction of Actionable Information from the Biomedical Literature here here
Makarov Peter Automated Content Analysis: Mining for Protest Events here here
Läubli Samuel Machine Translation and Human–Computer Interaction here here
Müller Mathias Context in Neural Machine Translation here here
Ströbel Phillip Cross-linguistic Modeling of Historic Topic Relations here here
Noëmi Aepli   here here
Jannis Vamvas   here here
Chantal Amrhein   here here

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

Completed dissertations

  • 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, 1567 KB)
  • 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, 1035 KB)Abstract