MaiNLP research lab

Welcome! We are the Munich AI & NLP (MaiNLP) research lab at the Center for Information and Language Processing (CIS) at LMU Munich directed by Prof. Dr. Barbara Plank. We carry out research in Natural Language Processing, an interdisciplinary subdiscipline of Artificial Intelligence at the interface of computer science, linguistics and cognitive science. In broad terms, our aim is to make NLP models more robust, so that they can deal better with underlying shifts in data due to language variation.



  • October 2023: Interested in NLP and linguistic variation? Check out the Multi* workshop we organize October 5-6, 2023 at ITU Copenhagen
  • Janet Liu (Georgetown University) will be giving an on-site talk on September 25, 2023
  • Dr. Lea Frermann (University of Melbourne) will be giving an on-site talk on July 14, 2023
  • Prof. Barbara Plank participated in a hearing at the Bavarian parliament on ChatGPT in academia Anhörung zur Künstlichen Intelligenz im Wissenschaftsbetrieb on June 23, 2023
  • Dr. Yves Scherrer (University of Helsinki) will be giving an on-site talk on June 5, 2023
  • Dr. Michael A. Hedderich (Cornell University) will be giving an on-site talk on May 15, 2023
  • Dr. Saif Mohammad (NRC Canada) will be giving an on-site talk on May 8, 2023
  • April 25, 2023: Barbara Plank's ERC and our MaiNLP lab research is featuring in the LMU University news! "Language technologies for digital inclusion" (available also in German: "Sprachtechnologien für die digitale Teilhabe")
  • Barbara Plank, Katya Artemova and Verena Blaschke will present and be panel mentors at the Munich Women in NLP get-together on April 24


Portrait (Barbara Plank)

Barbara Plank

Prof. Dr. and Chair for AI and Computational Linguistics, Head of MaiNLP and Co-director CIS
Portrait (Elena Senger)

Elena Senger

External PhD student (2023–), Fraunhofer IMW
Portrait (Joris Baan)

Joris Baan

Affiliated PhD student (2021–), University of Amsterdam
Portrait (Elisa Bassignana)

Elisa Bassignana

Affiliated PhD student (2020–2024), IT University of Copenhagen
Portrait (Mike Zhang)

Mike Zhang

Affiliated PhD student (2020–2024), IT University of Copenhagen

Support Staff

Portrait (Sebastian Loftus)

Sebastian Loftus

Student assistant (2023–)
Portrait (Chengzhi Hu)

Chengzhi Hu

Student assistant (2023–)
Portrait (Miriam Winkler)

Miriam Winkler

Student assistant (2023–)
Portrait (Barbara Kovačić)

Barbara Kovačić

Student assistant (2023–)
Portrait (Zihang Sun)

Zihang Sun

Student assistant (2023–)
Portrait (Huangyan Shan)

Huangyan Shan

Student assistant (2023–)

Administrative Staff

Portrait (Paravee Jungbauer)

Paravee Jungbauer


Affiliated members (e.g. co-supervisors, co-supervised or mentored external PhD students, guest researchers and visitors)

Portrait (Saif M. Mohammad)

Saif M. Mohammad

Senior Research Scientist at the National Research Council Canada (NRC)
Portrait (Patrick Schwabl)

Patrick Schwabl

External mentored PhD student, Department of Media and Communication, LMU Munich
Portrait (Shanshan Xu)

Shanshan Xu

External mentored PhD student, Legal Tech group, Technical University of Munich

Support staff and student assistants for teaching

  • Ercong Nie (2022–2024)
  • Shijia Zhou (2022–2024)
  • Ivo S. Bueno Júnior (2023–2024)
  • Zonggen Li (2023–2024)
  • Yang Sun (2023–2024)


Join us! →Open positions

MaiNLP alumni

  • Maria Barrett (postdoc ITU, 2020-2023), now at Silo AI
  • Katya Artemova (postdoc, 2022–2023), now at Toloka AI
  • Alberto Muñoz-Ortiz (Visiting scholar, Universidade da Coruña, 2023)
  • Marie Kolm (student assistant, 2023)
  • Sif Dam Sonniks (student assistant, 2023)
  • Bolei Ma (student assistant, 2022–2023), now PhD student at LMU
  • Anna Barwig (student assistant, 2022–2023)
  • Chaeeun Lee (student assistant, 2022–2023)

MaiNLP resources and code

You can find resources (data, code, repositories) released by MaiNLP lab members on our github page and on our huggingface page


Our research is supported by: We are also part of:

Find us

We are located at Akademiestraße 7, 80799 Munich, Germany (→ directions).