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Thierry Declerck is a senior consultant at the Language Technology Lab of DFKI GmbH, where he started working in June 1996. He is currently also member of the Department of Computational Linguistics Department at Saarland University, where he is leading the University’s contribution to the European FP7 project PHEME. Before this he was for DFKI the coordinator of the European FP7 project TrendMiner, which terminated very successfully in October 2014. He is since 2010 and until end of 2016 a part-time consultant at the Academy of Sciences in Austria, first at the Institute for Corpus Linguistics and Text Technology (ICLTT) and then at the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities

Thierry Declerck joined the DFKI's Language Technology Lab in June 1996, where he first worked within the national COSMA project (Automated Appointment Scheduling by E-Mail), till March 1997, and then in the national PARADIME project (Information Extraction), which ended in March 2000. He then took the responsibility of the SHOW-SOG project (funded by the Saarland State), dealing with the topic of language technology based automatic hyper-linking and organization of knowledge on the web, a project which was achieved at the end of 2001. He was also leading the DFKI contribution of the European MUMIS project ( on Multimedia Indexing and Search. (2000-2003).

Thierry Declerck additionally worked at the Computational Linguistic Department of the University of the Saarland from 2002 till 2004 in order to conduct the IST Esperonto project, working on text-based semantic annotation services for multimedia content, and the eContent INTERA project, dealing with infrastructures for language resources. Thierry Declerck was also representing the University of the Saarland in the European IST Network of Excellence SCHEMA, on Content-Based Semantic Scene Analysis and Information Retrieval, and he was teaching on a related topic at the European Summer School on Logic, Language and Information (ESSLLI) in  2004, 2005 and 2007.

At DFKI he has further been conducting the DFKI contribution of the eTen WINS project, dealing with web-based intelligence for common-interest fiscal Networked Services (2004-2005) and he was leading the DFKI contribution to the eContent project LIRICS on standards for language resources (until September 2007), the European Network of Excellence "K-Space" (Knowledge Space of semantic inference for automatic annotation and retrieval of multimedia content, until December 2008). He was then coordinating the research activities of the EU Integrated Project MUSING (Next Generation Business Intelligence Multi-industry, Semantic-based next generation business INtelliGence), dealing with the Semantic Web for Business Intelligence, which finished in April 2010. Parallel to this he was involved in the German project Theseus Medico, and terminated his activity in this project in June 2010.

Between 2008 and 2011, Thierry Declerck was involved in two infrastructural projects dealing with the relation between Language Technology and eHumanities in general, CLARIN ( and D-SPIN (

From March 2010 on he was leading the DFKI contribution to the project “MONNET” (Multilingual Ontologies for Networked Knowledge).

Thierry Declerck was an active member of standardization activities within ISO TC37/SC4 and DIN NAAT6. He was for example editor of the ISO standard for syntactic annotation (SynAF), which has been submitted as a final draft for international standard in June 2010. More recently he is involved in W3C community groups, like OntoLex (, and he was contributing to the LIDER project (, dealing with the relations between language technologies and the Linked Open Data framework

Since February 2010 Thierry Declerck is working as a consultant at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, mainly for ensuring the tight connection between language technology and semantic web technologies in the eHumanities, being until December 2016 a member of the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities (ACDH,

Thierry Declerck has also been involved in many program committees and co-chairing workshops and conferences. He is for example co-chair for the Language Resources and Evaluation conferences (LREC), since 2012. He is Vice-President of the European Language Resources Association (ELRA) from October 2016 on. 

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