Binyam Gebrekidan Gebre

Binyam Gebrekidan Gebre is appointed as ESR in CLARA at the Language Archive Group of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics from September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2013.


His research involves the investigation and application of machine learning algorithms in facilitating multi-media annotations. His task is to develop algorithms and applications (aka recognizers) to detect and analyze gestures from video recordings. More information can be found in the AVATecH project.

Education Background

In June 2010, he completed an Erasmus Mundus masters programme in Natural Language Processing and Human Language Technology from the Université de Franche-Comté (France) and the University of Wolverhampton (UK).
In June 2007, he received a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Mekelle Institute of Technology.



  • Gebre, B. G., Wittenburg, P., & Heskes, T. (2013). Automatic sign language identification. In Proceeding of the 20th IEEE International Conference on Image Processing (ICIP) (pp. 2626-2630).
  • Gebre, B. G., Wittenburg, P., & Heskes, T. (2013). Automatic signer diarization – the mover is the signer approach. In Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition Workshops (CVPRW), 2013 IEEE Conference on (pp. 283-287). doi:10.1109/CVPRW.2013.49.
  • Gebre, B. G., Wittenburg, P., & Heskes, T. (2013). The gesturer is the speaker. In Proceedings of the 38th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP 2013) (pp. 3751-3755).
  • Gebre, B. G., Zampieri, M., Wittenburg, P., & Heskes, T. (2013). Improving Native Language Identification with TF-IDF weighting. In Proceedings of the Eighth Workshop on Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications (pp. 216-223).


  • Gebre, B. G., Wittenburg, P., & Lenkiewicz, P. (2012). Towards automatic gesture stroke detection. In N. Calzolari (Ed.), Proceedings of LREC 2012: 8th International Conference on Language Resources and Evaluation (pp. 231-235). European Language Resources Association.


  • Lenkiewicz, P., Wittenburg, P., Gebre, B. G., Lenkiewicz, A., Schreer, O., & Masneri, S. (2011), Application of video processing methods for linguistic research. In Z. Vetulani (Ed.), Human language technologies as a challenge for computer science and linguistics. Proceedings of the 5th Language and Technology Conference (LTC 2011), November 25-27, 2011, Poznań, Poland (pp. 561-564).


  • GEBRE, B.G., (2010), Part of Speech Tagging for Amharic, in Natural Language Processing and Human Language Technology 2010, BULAG n° 34, PUFC, ISSN 0758 6787, ISBN 978-2-84867-312-7, pp. 53-71.[pdf]



  • GEBREKIDAN B., (2009), Part-of-Speech Tagging for Amharic, in ISMTCL Proceedings, International Review BULAG, PUFC, ISSN 0758 6787, ISBN 978-2-84867-261-8, pp. 114-120


Contact Information

Email: binyamgebrekidan.gebre at

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