The development of SProUT

Since 2001, SProUT has grown from activities of several researchers and software engineers at the Language Technology Lab of DFKI. The development of SProUT has not been tailored to any particular project, but it was cofinanced by the following EU-funded and BMBF-sponsored projects: AIRFORCE, COLLATE, COLLATE-II, DeepThought, MEMPHIS, QUETAL, SmartWeb, Whiteboard.

Key developers of SProUT (from left to right): Witold Drozdzynski, Feiyu Xu, Jakub Piskorski, Hans-Ulrich Krieger, Ulrich Schäfer

Currently the SProUT system is being developed further thanks to funding from the Investitionsbank Berlin to the project HIT. Responsibility for the development and marketing has been shifted to the IE group at our Berlin office headed by Feiyu Xu. We are greatly indebted to our former collegues Witold Drozdzynski, Jakub Piskorski, Markus Becker and Oliver Scherf who have previously worked on SProUT and have contributed several ideas.

There are several other people from DFKI, Saarland University, and other institutions or companies who supported the development of SProUT, provided us with valuable hints. These include: Stephan Busemann, Bernd Kiefer, Petr Homola, Li Hong, Eelco Mosel, Mathias Grosskloss, Stefania Racioppa, Melanie Siegel, Atsuko Shimada, Hans Uszkoreit, and numerous grammar developers.