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I have been involved in a number of review and event organization activities.

New Job, New Website

As of June 1st, 2008, I'm now working as an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. Coinciding with the new position, I'm also building a new website, www.semanticsoftware.info. There are two main ideas behind this website: First, to inform about the research and teaching activities of my Semantic Software Lab, which I'm establishing at Concordia; and second, to establish a community portal for selected topics in the area of semantic systems — for example, for people interested in the applications of NLP in software engineering.

Selected Talks

Invited Talks and Keynotes

Invited Talk, Semantic Support for Software Requirements Engineering: The ReqWiki Approach, March 13, 2015, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Singapore.

Invited Talk, Bringing Summarization to End Users: Semantic Assistants for Integrating NLP Web Services and Desktop Clients, May 24, 2011, Workshop on Text Summarization (TS11), St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada.

Keynote Talk, Natural Language Processing for the Masses: The Semantic Assistants Project, November 10th, 2010, Atlantic Workshop on Semantics and Services (AWOSS10.2), Moncton, NB, Canada.

Invited Talk, NLP for the Masses: Integrating GATE with Desktop Clients, September 1st, 2010, 3rd GATE Training Course and Developer Sprint (FIG3), Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Invited Talk, Am Anfang war das Mock-up: Zur Genese des DEAFél aus Sicht des Informatikers, July 2nd, 2010, Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Germany.

Invited Talk, Software Engineering and Natural Language Processing: Friends or Foes? February 26th, 2010. University of Sheffield, UK.

Invited Talk, Software Engineering and Natural Language Processing: Friends or Foes? July 30th, 2009. Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany.

Invited Talk, Software Engineering and Natural Language Processing: Friends or Foes? February 26th, 2009. Colloques du DIRO, Université de Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Invited Talk, Semantic Software Engineering. January 14th, 2008. Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Invited Talk, Ontology and Text Mining: Connecting your documents with the real world. July 5th, 2007. University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK.

Invited Speaker, Empowering Software Maintainers with Semantic Web Technologies. June 6th, 2007. 3rd International Workshop on Semantic Web Enabled Software Engineering (SWESE 2007), Innsbruck, Austria.

Invited Talk, Ontology and Text Mining: Connecting your documents with the real world. February 28th, 2007. Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), Knowledge Discovery Department, Singapore.

Invited Talk, Ontology and Text Mining: Connecting your documents with the real world. February 23rd, 2007. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea.

Invited Talk, Text Mining. June 28th, 2005. Artificial Intelligence Seminar Series, University of Luxembourg.

Invited Talk, Text Mining. December 9th, 2004. European Media Lab (EML), Villa Bosch, Heidelberg, Germany.

Invited Talk, Representing and Processing Uncertain and Imprecise Information. April 15th, 2002. Concordia University, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Research

Biography

Dr. René Witte is currently a tenured associate professor within the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada, where he is heading the Semantic Software Lab. Previously, he worked at Universität Karlsruhe (TH) (now Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT) in Germany within Prof. Dr. Peter C. Lockemann's research group at the Institute for Program Structures and Data Organization (IPD). He also has more than five years of professional work experience in the IT and software industry. Dr. Witte received his Diplom (the German equivalent of a M.Sc.) in Informatics (Computer Science) in 1996 and his "Dr.-Ing." (Doctor of Engineering) in 2002, both from the Faculty of Informatics at Universität Karlsruhe. During the last 10 years, he co-authored more than 70 publications and received four best paper&poster awards. His research has been funded by major funding agencies and industry, including NSERC, MITACS, and the DRDC, and spans both national and international cooperations. He has also given invited talks and conference keynote speeches on multiple occasions and is a frequent reviewer for international conferences, workshops, and projects.

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