Ready for Departure(?)

After more than half a year of preparation it finally gets serious. Our plane departures tomorrow (December 30th) at 9:45 a.m. at Frankfurt Airport and will arrive at 2:09 p.m. (8:09 p.m. german time) at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. From there, we will take a bus or cab to Athens and hopefully arrive at our apartment before 7:00 p.m. to get our keys at the office. The UGA registration will be on January 3rd and the classes begin on… Read More


Final Version of My Bachelor Thesis and Colloquium

After getting the opportunity to study in the USA next year, I had to finish my bachelor thesis one month earlier than expected. Still, I’m quite happy with the result. Its title: Implementation of Modified Kneser-Ney Smoothing on Top of Generalized Language Models for Next Word Prediction The abstract: Next word prediction is the task of suggesting the most probable word a user will type next. Current approaches are based on the empirical analysis of corpora (large text files) resulting… Read More


How I Got a Pretty Decent Score at the TOEFL Test

One of the requirements for studying at the UGA is to get 80 points at the TOEFL test with at least 20 points in the Speaking and Writing section. Since the application deadline for the Spring term 2014 is October, 15th and you can take the TOEFL only once every three weeks, it had to work at the first try. After getting a pretty good score (Reading 30/30, Listening 28/30, Speaking 27/30, Writing 30/30, Total 115/120), I want to share… Read More


Studying at the UGA in the Spring Term 2014

UGA Main Library

Two times a year, exactly three students from our faculty of computer science get the opportunity to study at the University of Georgia (UGA), Athens, USA for one semester with a scholarship from the DAAD. Two weeks ago, Thomas Haas, Matthias Bohleber, and I got the great news that we’ll be those three students in the spring term 2014 (January, 2nd – May, 12th)! The cooperation partners are the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Terry College of Business but… Read More


What My Bachelor Thesis is About

So finally I found some time to write again. The main reason for the silence on this blog was (and still is) by bachelor thesis. Normally, when I get asked “What is your bachelor thesis about?”, I answer something like “It’s about next word prediction”. If you are interested in some details, please continue reading :-) Today I had a first talk about my bachelor thesis. You can find the slides here. In case you don’t have time to look… Read More