NCC Lead Czech Republic
Prof. Dr. Jan Hajič is a full professor of Computational Linguistics at the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics at the School of Computer Science at the Charles University in Prague. His interests cover morphology of inflective languages, machine translation, deep language understanding, and the application of statistical methods in natural language processing in general. He also has extensive experience in building annotated language resources. His work experience includes both industrial research (IBM Research, Yorktown Heights, 1991–1993) and academia (Charles University, Prague and Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA). He has been the PI or Co-PI of several national and international grants and projects, most notably the large Czech Grant Agency grant for “Large Corpora” (2001–2005), several EU projects on Machine Translation (EuroMatrix, Faust, META-NET, CRACKER, Khresmoi, HimL, QT21, Clarin PLUS) and the U.S.-based large ITR project “Malach” (coordinated by the Visual History Foundation, Los Angeles, CA, USA). Currently he is the PI of the large national infrastructure project LINDAT/CLARIAH-CZ (2010–2022). He is a panel and/or scientific board member of several Universities and grant agencies, including the US-based National Science Foundation. Jan Hajič is the chair of META-NET Executive Board.