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Hans Uszkoreit is Professor of computational linguistics at Saarland University. At the same time he serves as Scientific Director at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) where he heads the DFKI Language Technology Division and coordinates the DFKI Berlin site. By cooptation he is also Professor of the Computer Science Department at Saarland U. Uszkoreit grew up in East Berlin, where he became part of a circle of young people opposing the totalitarian East German regime. After being expelled from high school and spending fifteen months in prison for subversive agitation, mainly for protesting against the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia, he saw no chance to continue his education in East Germany. Thus he escaped to West Berlin where he could finish school and then study Linguistics and Computer Science at Technische Universität Berlin. With a group of young journalists, he co-founded the Berlin city magazine Zitty, for which he worked as a part-time editor and writer while being a student. In 1977, he received a Fulbright Grant for continuing his studies at the University of Texas at Austin. During his time in Austin he also worked as a research associate in a large machine translation project. A second Fulbright grant allowed him to enter the Ph.D. program, which he completed in 1984 with a Ph.D. in linguistics. From 1982 until 1986, he worked as a computer scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Center of SRI International in Menlo Park, Ca. During this time he was also affiliated with the Center for the Study of Language and Information at Stanford U. as a senior researcher and later as a project leader. In 1986 he spent six months in Stuttgart on an IBM Research Fellowship at the Science Division of IBM Germany and returned to Stuttgart later that year to work for IBM as a team leader in the project LILOG (Linguistic and Logical Methods for the Understanding of German Texts). At the same time he also taught at the U. of Stuttgart. In 1988 Uszkoreit was appointed to a newly created chair of Computational Linguistics at Saarland University and started the Department of Computational Linguistics and Phonetics. In 1989 he became the head of the newly founded Language Technology Division at DFKI.