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 human-centric NLP: to make NLP models more robust and inclusive, so that they can deal better with underlying shifts in data due to language variation, are fairer and embrace human label variation.


  • May 13, 2024: On-site talk by Matthias Orlkowski (Bielefeld University)
  • May 6, 2024: On-site talk by Dr. Russa Biwas (Hasso-Plattner Institute, Potsdam)
  • April 30, 2024: Our new DIALECT project webpage is online
  • April 8, 2024: On-site talk by Hyewon Jang (University of Konstanz)
  • March 22, 2024: Interested in Uncertainty and NLP? We are part of the First Workshop on Uncertainty-aware NLP @ EACL 2024
  • January 24, 2024: On-site talk by Dr. Rob van der Goot (IT University of Copenhagen)
To earlier events at MaiNLP.

Research Staff

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

Elisa Bassignana

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

Support Staff

Portrait (Oliver Kraus)

Oliver Kraus

Scientific programmer (2024–)
Portrait (Shijia Zhou)

Shijia Zhou

Student assistant (2024–)
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 (Zihang Sun)

Zihang Sun

Student assistant (2023–)
Portrait (Huangyan Shan)

Huangyan Shan

Student assistant (2023–)

Administrative Staff

Portrait (Paravee Jungbauer)

Paravee Jungbauer

Portrait (Karl Ischebeck)

Karl Ischebeck

IT technician, system administrator

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
Portrait (Cornelia Gruber)

Cornelia Gruber

External mentored PhD student, Institute of Statistics, LMU

Support staff and student assistants for teaching

  • Ercong Nie (2022–2024)
  • Shijia Zhou (2022–2024)
  • Zonggen Li (2023–2024)
  • Yurui Zhang (2024–)


Join us! →Open positions

MaiNLP alumni

  • Kassem Sabeh (Visiting PhD student, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano)
  • Leon Weber-Genzel (Postdoc, 2022–2024), now in industry
  • Mike Zhang (PhD student ITU, 2020–2024), now postdoc at Aalborg University, Copenhagen
  • Daniela Teodorescu (PhD student, 2023–2024)
  • Maria Barrett (postdoc ITU, 2020–2023), now at Silo AI
  • Katya Artemova (postdoc, 2022–2023), now at Toloka AI
  • Simone Ciciliano (visiting MA student, Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, 2024)
  • Alberto Muñoz-Ortiz (visiting scholar, Universidade da Coruña, 2023)
  • Barbara Kovačić (student assistant, 2023–2024)
  • Ivo S. Bueno Júnior (student assistant, 2023–2024)
  • Yang Sun (student assistant, 2023–2024)
  • Marie Kolm (student assistant, 2023)
  • Sif Dam Sonniks (student assistant, 2022–2023)
  • 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).