Curriculum vitae




Born in Munich/FRG

1954 - 1967

Primary School and Gymnasium in Munich

1967 - 1968

Military Service

1969 - 1973

Study of Latin, French, Spanish and Linguistics - Completed 1. Staatsexamen in 1973

1973 - 1978

Researcher at SIEMENS S.A., Munich, Project CONDOR - Ph.D. studies at University of Regensburg, Supervisor: Harald Zimmermann, Completed Ph.D. in 1978

1985 - 1989

'Nouveau Doctorat' at University Paris IV, Supervisor: Jean-Marie Zemb, François Muller, Completed in 1989

1979 - 1980

Head of Linguistic Department of SYSTRAN Institut (Munich, La Jolla/Cal., Luxemburg)

1980 - 1984

Lecturer of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) at University of Brasilia/Brazil), Teaching German language and culture, Theoretical and Computational Linguistics, Information Science


Visiting Professor at "Pontificia Universidade Catolica" of Rio de Janeiro/Brasil), Teaching Computational Linguistics in the Post-Graduate and Doctoral Courses

1985 - 1990

Executive director of EUROTRA-D, the German component of the CEC Machine Translation Project EUROTRA
Visiting Professor for Computational Linguistics and Information Science in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Mexico City, Paris VII

since 1990

Full professor for "Machine Translation" at the University of the Saarland; several times director of the department 'Translation and Interpretation'; member of various commissions on faculty and university level. Responsible for SOCRATES and ERASMUS exchange within the department.

Visiting Professor in Belgium, France, Great Britain, Greece, Lithuania, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, Brazil

Director of IAI. Research Projects in Machine Translation, Controlled Language, Internet Language Learning, Automatic Indexing. Product development: Linguistic Software for Duden  KORREKTOR (Spelling and Grammar Checking), Brockhaus Encyclopedy (Natural Language Access), CLAT (Controlled Language Authoring Tool for Technical Writers), AUTINDEX (Automatic Indexation and Clustering).

Evaluator for: EU Commission, INTAS, Swiss National Science Fund, University of Malaysia, Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania), Irish Government and others


Visiting professor at the University of Ottawa/Canada


Retirement; special permission by the president to continue research and teaching at the UdS