Short Bio

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, information extraction, 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 research has led to international publications, 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, and, currently, sits on the board of Almannarómur, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the development of language technology for Icelandic.

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.

In the period September 2013 - February 2018, Hrafn worked at the software development company Kolibri.