Leo Born


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Three key points that link the values of ARK Initiative as well as my career are: Internationality, Interculturality and Interdisciplinarity. My path to this was prepared early on by my bilingual upbringing (German and Japanese) in Bonn. I finished my studies of computational linguistics at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität of Heidelberg with the topic "Using Graph-Based Local Coherence for Document-Level MT Decoding" for the B.A. and with the topic "Ranking-based Reference-free Evaluation of Timeline Summarization Systems" for the M.A. In my minor, psychology, I have focused my studies in the areas of consumer psychology and behavioral economics. I was thus able to acquire additional knowledge that is now bearing fruit in the context of a more market-oriented activity. In between, however, I was also able to spend a year abroad (2014-2015) at Sophia University (上智大学), Tokyo, which deepened my knowledge mainly in Japanese linguistics, translation studies, and political science.

I was able to gain early international work experience during my school days through an internship with the United Nations Volunteers. I then completed another, study-related internship at the National Institute of Informatics (国立情報学研究所), Tokyo. Furthermore, since 2015, I have been part of several (inter)national and (inter)disciplinary research projects at the following institutions:

  • Project "Adaptive Information Processing from Heterogeneous Sources" (AIPHES, TU Darmstadt and Universität Heidelberg), 2015-2017
  • Project "Digital Literary Map of Japan" (DLM), Marsilius-Kolleg and Institut für Japanologie, Universität Heidelberg (2015-2017), National Institute of Japanese Literature (国文学研究資料館), Tokyo (2017-2020), and Osaka University (大阪大学), Osaka (2020-2021)
  • Project "Japan Biographical Database" (JBDB), Sophia University (上智大学) 2016-2021
  • Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), research group Natural Language Processing, 2017-2018
  • Institut für Computerlinguistik, Universität Heidelberg, 2018-2019
  • International project "Edo Period Map goes Digital – The O Edu ezu as an Interactive Resource" at Ritsumeikan University (立命館大学) in cooperation with Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, 2020-2021
My main interest is to apply research results in an application-oriented way. My background is in computational linguistics (especially machine translation, coreference resolution, and network analysis), psychology (consumer psychology and behavioral economics), and database and app design in the field of digital education. With my experience, I hope to contribute to ARK Initiative's efforts to communicate the world's cultures.

(Scientific) Background

  • Born, L., Bacher, M., and Markert, K. (2020). "Dataset Reproducibility and IR Methods in Timeline Summarization." In Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2020). Marseille, France, May 11–16, pages 1763-1771.
  • Moosavi, N. S., Born, L., Poesio, M., and Strube, M. (2019). "Using Automatically Extracted Minimum Spans to Disentangle Coreference Evaluation from Boundary Detection." In Proceedings of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Florence, Italy, July 28–August 2, pages 4168-4178.
  • Opitz, J., Born, L., Nastase, V., and Pultar, Y. (2019). "Automatic Reconstruction of Emperor Itineraries from the Regesta Imperii." In Proceedings of the 3rd Conference for Digital Access to Textual Cultural Heritage (DATeCH). Brussels, Belgium, May 8–10, pages 39-44.
  • Born, L., Opitz, J., and Nastase, V. (2018). "A Knowledge Graph from the Regesta Imperii: Construction, Visualization and Macro-level Analyses." In Inaugural Conference of the European Association for Digital Humanities (EADH). Galway, Ireland, December 7–9.
  • Born, L. (2018). "Leveraging the Japanese Biographical Database as a digital resource for education and research." In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference of the Japanese Association for Digital Humanities. Tōkyō, Japan, September 9–11.
  • Opitz, J., Born, L., and Nastase, V. (2018). "Induction of a Large-Scale Knowledge Graph from the Regesta Imperii." In Proceedings of the 2nd Joint SIGHUM Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Cultural Heritage, Social Sciences, Humanities and Literature (LaTeCH-CLfL). Santa Fe, USA, August 25, pages 159-168.
  • Born, L. (2018). "上智大学「日本の人名データベース」の構築について" [Constructing the Sophia University "Japanese Biographical Database"]. In Proceedings of the 23rd Symposium on Humanities and Databases. Ōsaka, Japan, March 3, pages 51-58.
  • Born, L., Mesgar, M., and Strube, M. (2017). "Using a Graph-based Coherence Model in Document-Level Machine Translation." In Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Discourse in Machine Translation. Copenhagen, Denmark, September 8, pages 26-35.
  • Marasovic, A., Born, L., Opitz, J., and Frank, A. (2017). "A Mention-Ranking Model for Abstract Anaphora Resolution." In Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP). Copenhagen, Denmark, September 7–11, pages 221-232.

  • Born, L. (2021). "Connected Components of and in the JBDB." At 16th International Conference of the European Association for Japanese Studies, online, August 24–28, 2021.
  • Árokay, J., and Born, L. (2021). "デジタル文学地図について." At 古典のジャンルと名所—デジタル文学地図の活用, Ōsaka University (Ōsaka, Japan), March 12, 2021.
  • Born, L. (2019). "Nutzerorientierte Visualisierungen und Analysen mit der JBDB." At Digital Approaches in Japanese Studies 4000, Frankfurt University (Frankfurt, Germany), August 20–21, 2019.
  • Born, L. and Opitz, J. (2019). "Providing new views on textual data with knowledge graphs." Workshop at The 2nd Heidelberg Computational Humanities Summer School, Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, Germany), July 15–19, 2019.
  • Born, L., and Asano, Y. (2018). "Japanese Biographical Database: Application in Historical Social Network Visualization." At Third International Symposium: Digital Humanities and Databases, Sophia University (Tōkyō, Japan), March 16, 2018.
  • Born, L. (2018). "上智大学「日本の人名データベース」の構築について" [Constructing the Sophia University "Japanese Biographical Database"]. At 23rd Symposium on Humanities and Databases, Ōsaka Prefecture University (Ōsaka, Japan), March 3, 2018.
  • Árokay, J., and Born, L. (2018). "'Digitale Literaturkarte Japans' – Ein Projekt zur Visualisierung literarisierter Orte." At CrossAsia Fachtagung 2018, Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin, Germany), January 25–26, 2018.
  • Born, L. (2017). "Datenbankdesign und Webapplikation der JBDB: Der Versuch einer Zwischenbilanz." At Digital Approaches in Japanese Studies 2.0, Frankfurt University (Frankfurt, Germany), November 30–December 1, 2017.
  • Born, L., and Gramlich-Oka, B. (2017). "SNAとデータベース作り。江戸時代を中心に." At Digital Approaches in Japanese Studies, Frankfurt University (Frankfurt, Germany), May 25–26, 2017.
  • Born, L. (2016). "Digitale Kartierung von meisho." At Digital Humanities und Japanforschung, Tübingen University (Tübingen, Germany), November 12, 2016.
  • Árokay, J., Born, L., and Wallner, D. (2016). "デジタル文学地図の試み." Ōsaka University (Ōsaka, Japan), October 13, 2016.
  • Árokay, J., and Born, L. (2016). "Digitale Kartierung japanischer poetischer Orte." At Grenzräume, Zwischenräume, Übergangsräume in der Literatur Japans, Heidelberg University (Heidelberg, Germany), June 24–26, 2016.

  • Lecturer in the AG "Digitale Japanologie Frankfurt", Institute for Japanese Studies, Frankfurt University, Summer Term 2021.