Melanie Siegel is full professor for Information Science at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences, with a strong background in language technology.
She holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and a Habilitation (venia legendi) in linguistics and computational linguistics from Bielefeld University. From 1988 to 1989, she attended a one-year Japanese language course at Reitaku University in Kashiwa/Japan. From 1989 to 1991, she worked in the KLEIST generation project for German and Japanese route descriptions. From 1993 to 1994 she contributed to the VERBMOBIL project in description of contrastive phenomena for Japanese and English machine translation in Bielefeld. In 1995, she joined DFKI , where she developed the Japanese syntax for VERBMOBIL. Following, from 1997 to 2000, she continued developing the Japanese syntax at the University of the Saarland.
From July 2000 to April 2001, she participated in the Whiteboard project at DFKI that aimed to combine shallow and deep grammar processing methods. In addition, from October 2000 to February 2001, she participated in the SKATE project, developing a grammar checking system in cooperation with SAP. After that, she had the joint project JACY in cooperation with YY technologies in order to develop a Japanese HPSG. Following, she organized the scientific coordination of an EU project called Deep Thought in the field of building applications for combined deep and shallow NLP systems. From 2004 to 2006, she was engaged in grammar development in cooperation with NTT Japan and text annotation in the SmartWeb semantic web project at DFKI. In 2006, she worked as a Deputy Director Japan for the International Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany, organizing research initiatives between Germany and Japan.
From 2006 to 2012, she worked as a Computational Linguist and Head of Research and Innovation at Acrolinx in Berlin, in the area of automatic consistency checking of technical documentation. Melanie Siegel is since 2012 professor at the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences.