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Prof. Dr. Cerstin Mahlow

Prof. Dr. Cerstin Mahlow

Prof. Dr. Cerstin Mahlow

ZHAW School of Applied Linguistics
Institute of Language Competence
Theaterstrasse 17
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 70 59

Personal profile

Management role

Head, Digital Linguistics research area

Position at the ZHAW

Professor of Digital Linguistics and Writing Research

Expertise and research interests

Writing Technology and Document Engineering
Linguistic Analysis and Modeling of Writing Processes
Writing with Artificial Intelligence
Socio-cultural and educational impact of the digital transformation
Design and Development of NLP-Based Methods for Analyzing and Visualizing Text Production
(Computational) Morphology and Phraseology

Educational background

Ph.D. in Computational Linguistics, 2011, University of Zurich
E-Learning Certificate, 2003, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), the University of Zurich, and the Zurich University of Teacher Education
M.A. in Computational Linguistics, Spanish Linguistics, and Political Science, 2001, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Professional milestones

Professor at the Institute of Language Competence, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences (since 2019)
Senior Scientific Officer, Center for University Continuing Education, University of Bern (2019)
Specialist for Pedagogy of Higher Education and E-Learning at the BFH Bern University of Applied Sciences (2017 - 2019)
Junior Fellow and Adjunct Lecturer at the Walter Benjamin Kolleg, University of Bern (2017 - 2018)
Guest Professor in Computational Linguistics, Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS), University of Stuttgart , (2016 - 2017)
Senior Researcher at the Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS), Mannheim (2015 - 2016)
Senior Researcher at the Institute for Natural Language Processing (IMS), University of Stuttgart (2014 - 2015)
Acting Professor for Theoretical and Computational Linguistics (substituting for Prof. Dr. Miriam Butt), University of Konstanz (2013 - 2014)
Adjunct Lecturer for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Basel (2013)
Senior Researcher at the German Department, University of Basel (2010 - 2013)
Senior Scientific Officer for E-Learning at HSA School of Social Work, FHNW University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (2008 - 2010)
Adjunct Lecturer for the Faculty of Arts, University of Zurich (2003 - 2011)
E-Learning Coordinator at the Faculty of Arts, University of Zurich (2004 - 2008)
Researcher at the Institute of Computational Linguistics, University of Zurich (2001 - 2007)

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Book parts, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts

Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Cerstin Mahlow (2018). Schreiben und Schreibprozesse im digitalen Zeitalter. In: SocietyByte, Wissenschaftsmagazin des BFH-Zentrums Digital Society, Ausgabe Die Geisteswissenschaft und die Künste in der digitalen Welt, Dezember 2018.

Cerstin Mahlow (2016). C-WEP—Rich Annotated Collection of Writing Errors by Professionals. In: Nicoletta Calzolari, Khalid Choukri, Thierry Declerck, Sara Goggi, Marko Grobelnik, Bente Maegaard, Joseph Mariani, Helene Mazo, Asuncion Moreno, Jan Odijk, Stelios Piperidis (Eds.): Proceedings of the Tenth International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (LREC 2016), European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Paris, pp. 2855-2861.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2015) (Eds.). Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology – Fourth International Workshop, SFCM 2015, Stuttgart, Germany, September 17 and 18, 2015, Proceedings, CCIS 537, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

Cerstin Mahlow (2015). Learning from Errors: Systematic Analysis of Complex Writing Errors for Improving Writing Technology. In: Núria Gala, Reinhard Rapp, and Gemma Bel-Enguix (Eds.): Language Production, Cognition, and the Lexicon, Volume 48 of Text, Speech and Language Technology, Springer, Cham, Heidelberg, New York, Dordrecht, London, pp. 419–438.

Cerstin Mahlow (2015). A Definition of "Version" for Text Production Data and Natural Language Document Drafts. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on (Document) Changes: Modeling, Detection, Storage and Visualization ACM, New York, pp. 27-32.

Cerstin Mahlow (2015). ProDoc@DocEng: The doctoral consortium at the ACM symposium on document engineering. In: SIGWEB Newsletter. Spring 2015, 4 pages.

Cerstin Mahlow, Robert Dale (2014). Production Media: Writing as Using Tools in Media Convergent Environments. In: Daniel Perrin, Eva-Maria Jakobs (Eds.): Handbook of Writing and Text Production, Volume 10 of Handbooks of Applied Linguistics, De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, pp. 209–230.

Cerstin Mahlow, Kerstin Eckart, André Blessing, Gregor Thiele, Markus Gärtner, Jonas Kuhn (2014). Resources, Tools, and Applications at the CLARIN Center Stuttgart. In: Proceedings of the 12th Edition of the KONVENS Conference, Hildesheim, Germany, pp. 127-137.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2013) (Eds.). Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology – Third International Workshop, SFCM 2013, Berlin, Germany, September 6, 2013, Proceedings, CCIS 380, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

Britta Juska-Bacher, Cerstin Mahlow (2013). Phraseological Change—a Book with Seven Seals? Tracing the Diachronic Development of German Proverbs and Idioms by a Combination of Corpus and Dictionary Analyses. In: Paul Bennett, Martin Durrell, Silke Scheible, Richard J. Whitt (Eds.): New Methods in Historical Corpus Linguistics. Narr Francke Attempto, Tübingen (= Corpus Linguistics and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Language - CLIP, Vol. 3), pp. 139–150.

Britta Juska-Bacher, Cerstin Mahlow, Sixta Quaßdorf (2013). Vergleich nominaler phraseologischer Komponenten im Deutschen und Spanischen mit computerlinguistischen Werkzeugen. In: Carmen Mellado, Patricia Buján, Nely Iglesias, Mª Carmen Losada and Ana Mansilla (Eds.): La fraseología del alemán y español: lexicografía y traducción, Volume 11 of Études linguistiques/Linguistische Studien, peniope, München, pp. 143–156.

Michael Piotrowski, Cerstin Mahlow, Robert Dale (2012) (Eds.). Second Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing (CL&W 2012): Linguistic and cognitive aspects of document creation and document engineering, Workshop at the 13th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (EACL 2012), Avignon, France, April 23, 2012, Association for Computational Linguistics.

David Schreiber, Cerstin Mahlow, Britta Juska-Bacher (2012). Phraseologische Neologismen: Identifikation und Validierung. In: Koenraad Kuiper (Ed.): Yearbook of Phraseology 2012. Volume 3, Issue 1, De Gruyter Mouton, Berlin, pp. 3–30.

Cerstin Mahlow, Christian Grün, Alexander Holupirek, Marc Scholl (2012). A Framework for Retrieval and Annotation in Digital Humanities Using XQuery Full Text and Update in BaseX. In: Proceedings of the 2012 ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2012), Paris, France, September 4–7, 2012, ACM, New York, NY, pp. 195–204.

Cerstin Mahlow (2012). Creating a phraseme matrix based on a Tertium Comparationis. In Ruth Vatvedt Fjeld, Julie Matilde Torjusen (Eds.) Proceedings of the 15th EURALEX International Congress. 7–11 August 2012, Oslo, pp. 720–725.

Cerstin Mahlow (2011). Linguistisch unterstütztes Redigieren: Konzept und exemplarische Umsetzung basierend auf interaktiven computerlinguistischen Ressourcen. Dissertation an der Philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Zürich.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2011) (Eds.). Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology – Second International Workshop, SFCM 2011, Zurich, Switzerland, August 26, 2011, Proceedings, CCIS 100, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

Cerstin Mahlow, Britta Juska-Bacher (2011). Exploring New High German texts for evidence of phrasemes. In: Journal for Language Technology and Computational Linguistics Vol. 26 Nr. 2, pp. 117–128.

Michael Piotrowski, Cerstin Mahlow, Robert Dale (2010) (Eds.). Proceedings of the Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Writing: Writing Processes and Authoring Aids (CL&W 2010), Workshop at the 11th Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL-HLT 2010), Los Angeles, USA, June 6, 2010, Association for Computational Linguistics.

Cerstin Mahlow (2010). Choosing the Appropriate E-Learning System for a University. In: Yefim Kats (Hrsg.): Learning Management Systems Technologies and Software Solutions for Online Teaching: Tools and Applications, IGI-Global, Hershey, pp. 57–80.

Cerstin Mahlow, Elisabeth Müller Fritschi, Esther Forrer Kasteel (2010). Bologna als Chance: (E-)Portfolio im Studium der Sozialen Arbeit. In Schewa Mandel, Manuel Rudishauser, Eva Seiler Schiedt (Hrsg.) Digitale Medien für Lehre und Forschung, zugleich Medien in der Wissenschaft; Band 55. Münster, S. 144 – 158.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2010). Noun phrase chunking and categorization for authoring aids. In Manfred Pinkal, Ines Rehbein, Sabine Schulte im Walde, Angelika Storrer (Hrsg.) Semantic Approaches in Natural Language Processing: Proceedings of the Conference on Natural Language Processing 2010 (KONVENS), Universaar, Saarbrücken, Deutschland, S. 57 – 65.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski, Wolfram Fenske (2010). A Solid Foundation: Why E-Assessment Should be Based on a Systematic Typology of Test Items. In: M. B. Nunes, M. McPherson (Eds.). Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference E-Learning 2010, Freiburg, Germany, July 26–29, 2010, Volume II, pp. 47–51.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2009). SMM: Detailed, Structured Morphological Analysis for Spanish. In: Journal Polibits (Computer science and computer engineering with applications), Issue 39, pp. 41–48.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Hess, Sven Grund (2009). Evolution by Evaluation. In: Lawrence A. Tomei (Ed.) International Journal of Information Communication and Technology Education (JICTE), Issue #18 (Vol 5 Nr 2), pp. 1–9.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2009) (Eds.). State of the Art in Computational Morphology. Workshop on Systems and Frameworks for Computational Morphology – SFCM 2009, Zurich, Switzerland, September 4, 2009. Proceedings, CCIS 41, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2009). A target-driven evaluation of morphological components for German. In: Simon Clematide, Manfred Klenner, Martin Volk (Hrsg.) Searching Answers ¯¯ Festschrift in Honour of Michael Hess on the Occasion of his 60th Birthday, MV-Verlag, Münster, pp. 85–99.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2009). LingURed: Language-Aware Editing Functions Based on NLP Resources. In: Proceedings of the International Multiconference on Computer Science and Information Technology, Volume 4/2009, pp. 243–250, Mragowo, Poland, October 12–14, 2009.

Michael Piotrowski, Cerstin Mahlow (2009). Linguistic Editing Support. In: Proceedings of the 2009 ACM Symposium on Document Engineering (DocEng 2009), Munich, Germany, September 15–18, 2009. ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 214–217.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2009). Making Word Processors Process Words. Talk at the onsite sessions (June 18–21) at Computers and Writing 2009, Davis, CA, and online discussion (February 23–27).

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2009). Opportunities and Limits for Language Awareness in Text Editors. In: Rickard Domeij, Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis, Ola Knutsson and Sylvana Sofkova Hashemi (Eds.): Proceedings of the Workshop on NLP for Reading and Writing – Resources, Algorithms and Tools. November 20, SLTC 2008, Stockholm, Sweden. NEALT Proceedings Series Vol 3, pp. 14–18, electronically published by NEALT at Tartu University Library.

Cerstin Mahlow (2009). Ein Blended-Learning-Szenario mit OLAT. In: HAMBURGER eLEARNING MAGAZIN. Nr. 3 / Dezember 2009, pp. 20 – 21.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2008). Computational Linguistics for Word Processing: Opportunities and Limits. In: Sylvana Sofkova Hashemi, Ola Knutsson, Rickard Domeij, Sofie Johansson Kokkinakis (Eds.): Workshop on NLP for Reading and Writing: Resources, Algorithms and Tools, Stockholm, November 20, 2008, 2 pages.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski, Michael Hess (2008). Language-aware text editing. In: Robert Dale, Aurélien Max, Michael Zock (Eds.) LREC-2008 workshop NLP Resources, Algorithms and Tools for Authoring Aids, Marrakech, June 1, 2008, pp. 9–13.

Simon Clematide, Alexandra Bünzli, Sandra Roth, Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Hess (2008). Dialogbasiertes Lernen und Evaluieren in OLAT. OLAT Conference 2008, Zürich 26. bis 28. März 2008.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Piotrowski (2008). Linguistic Support for Revising and Editing. In: Alexander Gelbukh (Ed.) Computational Linguistics and Intelligent Text Processing. 9th International Conference, CICLing 2008, Haifa, Israel, February 17–23, 2008. Proceedings, LNCS 4919, Berlin, Heidelberg, pp. 631–642.

Cerstin Mahlow (2008). Dieser Satz kein Verb. In: readme. Das Bulletin der Alumni Wirtschaftsinformatik Universität Zürich. Nr. 20 / September 2008, p. 11.

Cerstin Mahlow, Michael Hess, Sven Grund (2007). Evolution by Evaluation. In: Miguel Baptista Nunes and Maggie McPherson (Ed.) Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference E-Learning 2007, Lisbon July 6–8, 2007, IADIS Press, Vol. I, pp. 203–210.

Michael Hess und Cerstin Mahlow (2007). Sentence Completion Tests in a Virtual Laboratory. German e-Science Conference 2007, Baden-Baden May 2007, 10 pages.

Tobias Zimmermann, Cerstin Mahlow, Sven Grund (2006). Vielfalt und Vernetzung – zentrale Erfolgsfaktoren zur Förderung von E-Learning an einer geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Fakultät. In: Eva Seiler Schiedt, Siglinde Kälin, Christian Sengstag (Hrsg.) E-Learning – alltagstaugliche Innovation?, zugleich Medien in der Wissenschaft; Band 38. Münster, S. 404.

Cerstin Mahlow und Michael Hess (2004). Sentence Completion Tests for Training and Assessment in a Computational Linguistics Curriculum. COLING-2004 workshop on eLearning for Computational Linguistics and Computational Linguistics for eLearning, Geneva, August 2004, 10 pages.

Cerstin Mahlow (2000). Automatische Wortformanalyse für das Spanische. Magisterarbeit, gleichzeitig CLUE-Arbeitsberichte 8; Hrsg. Susanne Schörner; Abteilung für Computerlinguistik (CLUE), Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Erlangen, 1. Aufl., 2004.

Other publications

Nufer, Pascal, Daniel Jörg, Guido Keel und Cerstin Mahlow, 2023. ChatGPT - Chancen und Risiken im Umgang mit Künstlicher Intelligenz (KI). Verfügbar unter: