Position: Associate Professor, School of Computer Science, Reykjavík University.
Research interests: Natural Language Processing (NLP), including morphological analysis, part-of-speech tagging, parsing, corpus construction, machine translation and computer-assisted language learning.
Hrafn Loftsson completed his B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Iceland in 1989 and his M.Sc. in Computer Science and Operations Research from Pennsylvania State University, USA, in 1992. Hrafn joined Reykjavik University in 2000 after having spent about 8 years working for trading firms and investments banks in the USA, England and Iceland. In 2007, Hrafn completed his Ph.D. in Computer Science (NLP) from the University of Sheffield, England.
Hrafn's current research focuses primarily on the development of a Basic Language Resource Kit (BLARK) for the Icelandic language - including modules to perform morphological analysis, part-of-speech tagging, parsing, machine translation, and computer-assisted language learning. This research has led to traditional international publications and graduate degrees, as well as the development of free and open-source software, e.g. IceNLP (a web interface is available) and CombiTagger.
Hrafn has been affiliated with the Icelandic Centre for Language Technology since its establishment in 2005.
Hrafn has mainly taught courses on Programming, Data Structures, Programming Languages and Compilers at the BSc level and courses in NLP and Web Mining at the MSc level.
Since, September 2013, Hrafn has worked part-time for the software development company Kolibri. From August 2016, Hrafn is on leave of absence from RU - working full time for Kolibri.