Nils Lenke

Nils Lenke

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Dr. Nils Lenke Director, Corporate Research Nuance Communications Nils Lenke oversees the coordination of various research initiatives within Nuance’s corporate research organisation, he organises Nuance’s internal research conferences, coordinates Nuance’s ties to Academia and is board member of the DFKI (German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence), the World’s largest AI centre, where Nuance is a shareholder. Nils joined Nuance (formerly ScanSoft) in 2003, after holding various roles for Philips Speech Processing for nearly a decade. He holds an M.A. from the University of Bonn after writing his thesis on “the Communication model in AI Research” in 1989, a Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Koblenz, a Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics from the University of Duisburg based on his AI-centric dissertation on Natural Language Generation of Paraphrases (1995), and finally an M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Hagen. Nils has been awarded 8 patents for inventions ranging from a “speech recognition system for numerical characters” to “passive acquisition of knowledge in speech recognition and natural language understanding”. In his spare time, Nils enjoys hiking and hunting in archives for documents that shed some light on the history of science in the early modern period.

Selected articles

Anticipating the reader’s problems and the automatic generation of paraphrases

The notion of paraphrase is discussed and compared with the similar notion of periphrase. The role of paraphrases in oral communication is described, and the

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Ma (r) king concessions in English and German

Natural language generation aims at automatically verbalizing a “deep” representation of content, so that coherent and cohesive text originates. To produce such cohesive discourse, it

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