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I am a Program Manager II at Microsoft Research working with the Microsoft Translator team.

I have studied computer science and computational linguistics at Saarland University and submitted my diploma thesis in July 2007.

From August 2007—April 2013, I was a researcher at the Language Technology Lab at DFKI. My research mostly focused on machine translation and evaluation of machine-translated text, as well as building clever information extraction tools. From May 2013—October 2013, I was a research associate at the Computational Linguistics Group at Saarland University.

My PhD project under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit is titled «Hybrid Machine Translation using Binary Classification Models trained on Joint, Binarised Feature Vectors» and was defended on December 16, 2013.


In summer 2013, I co-taught the M.Sc. Language Technology II course together with Martin Kay and Magdalena Wolska.

PhD Defense

Date: December 16, 2013 — 12:15p
Location: Saarbrücken, Germany
Building C7 4 — Conference room

40 Publications

See my publications/citations on Google Scholar. A list of all publications is available for download in BibTex format. You can view a table with all publications by clicking here.


My Curriculum Vitae is available as PDF or DOC on request. You can also connect on LinkedIn.

Contact Details

chrife [at] microsoft [dot] com
+1-604-693-7089 — +1-604-682-0282
office hour upon agreement