Thomas Haider


I was born 1985 in the area of Munich, Germany. After a sheltered childhood in the middle of Bavaria and some education I pursued an apprenticeship in a physics lab, followed by some more education, a civil service in a youth hostel to finally end up in Heidelberg to study Computational Linguistics and Philosophy. Apart from one year abroad in the Netherlands, I have been in Heidelberg for 5 years now, meanwhile enrolled in a Masters programme, while working at the Institute for the German Language in Mannheim. When I am not occupied with work, I do writing and reading poetry on stage, dealing with lexical semantics, transgressing borders of verbose gibberish and densified expression. My research interests include Distributional Semantics, Formal Semantics, Compositionality, Grounding, Metaphoricity, Computational Creativity and Empirical Aesthetics.