Keynote Speakers


Prof. Carol A. Chapelle, Iowa State University, USA

Carol A. Chapelle is Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Iowa State University. She is editor of the Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (Wiley, 2013) as well as co-editor of Language Testing and of the Cambridge Applied Linguistics Series. She is past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and former editor of TESOL Quarterly. Her research investigates the use of technology in language learning and assessment, the topic of many of her books and research articles.


Prof. Torsten Zesch, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany

Torsten Zesch leads the Language Technology Lab at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany ( He holds a doctoral degree in Computer Science from Technische Universität Darmstadt and has worked as a substitute professor at the German Institute for International Pedagogical Research (Frankfurt, Germany). His research interests include the processing of non-standard, error-prone language as found in social media or learner language. In the area of language testing and assessment, he focuses on using natural language processing for generating language exercises as well as the automatic scoring of essays and free-text answers.