Special Projects

T01: Transforming text across media

In collaboration with two language-technology companies, the project addresses the task of tailoring text to the conventions and requirements of different target media, in particular written blogs and microblogs (Twitter), and spoken podcasts. The focus is on the discourse-level phenomena of coreference, particle use, and coherence relations. Variation on these dimensions will be correlated with human processing ease in reading/listening experiments. The findings will then be translated into models and algorithms for identifying text passages that should be adapted, and experiments with automatically performing such adaptations will be carried out. >>>

MGK: Integrated Research Training Group

The primary aim of the integrated research training group is to offer structured early-career support to PhD candidates and Postdocs in the CRC by means of a joint qualification programme. To provide this, the MGK has four main goals: (i) support project leaders and PhD supervisors in selecting and advising early stage researchers, (ii) establish a structured research and training environment for early stage researchers at the CRC, (iii) support PhD candidates and Postdocs on their way to becoming independent researchers and in their career development, and (iv) support research and training-related networking within the CRC and beyond. >>>

Q: Scientific service and infrastructure project

This project provides support to the CRC by advising other projects on experiment design and statistical data analysis, helping projects to preregister their primary statistical analyses using the Open Science Foundation, and helping with the data management and archiving. This is achieved through four work packages that (1) provide support to the CRC in optimizing experiment design and analysis, (2) provide statistical education within the CRC, (3) assist in developing and maintaining a data repository to ensure preregistration, open access of data and code, and reproducibility, and (4) develop new statistical methods, computational tools, and software packages needed for the CRC, which will be made available in the public domain. >>>

Z: Central Administrative Project

The Central Administrative Project Z covers all central aspects of the CRC. The Z-Project is responsible for the coordination, organization, and management of the CRC. Specifically, it is responsible for the financial management of funds for central major research equipment, replacements, visiting researchers, workshops and conferences, and the Mercator Fellows. Project Z manages the funds for research assistants, travel, and publication costs. In addition, global funds for gender equality, new unforeseeable developments, public relations, and start-up funding are managed by the Z-Project. The scientific coordinator supports all CRC members and guests, is the main contact person for the DFG as well as for the administration of the University of Potsdam, and is in charge of the timely delivery of reports to the DFG. >>>