Prof. Dr. Jan Hajic
Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics, Charles University in Prague,
Jan Hajic is a computational linguist with a main background in computer science. He is Vice-Director of the Institute of Formal and Applied Linguistics at the School of Computer Science at the Charles University in Prague, Director of the nationwide LINDAT-Clarin infrastructure for language research, and founder of the Center of Visual History Malach, one of the European Access Points to the USC Shoah Foundation Institute archive. In the past, he has also worked for IBM Research in the 1990s and taught NLP and CS at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, USA, at the turn of the millennium. His research interest evolved from morphology and tagging of inflective languages to parsing, statistical machine translation and speech understanding. However, in the past 15 years, he has devoted most of his time to creating linguistic resources, such as the Prague Dependency Treebank family of projects (Czech, English, Slovak, and Arabic) and managing new research projects, funded nationally, by the EU, or by the NSF.