Team

Madalina Chitez
Coordinator, PI
Senior Research Fellow

Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timisoara, Romania

I finished my doctoral studies in 2011, with a degree in English Philology, specialisation corpus linguistics, at the University of Freiburg in Germany. Before graduation, I got a positon as a researcher at the Department of Applied Linguistics of the Zurich University of Applied Sciences, where I worked for 8 years. Since June 2017, I have been conducting research at the West University of Timisoara, Romania, my home country, coordinating the ROGER project for a period of five years. I am happy to contribute, in this way, to the development of research in corpus linguistics and academic writing in the Romanian context.


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Otto Kruse
Research Mentor

Professor Otto Kruse will act as a Research Mentor (a special role assigned through the funding scheme PROMYS) supporting the coordinator of the project, Dr Madalina Chitez, with his methodological expertise and help monitoring the progress of the project. He will also participate in regular meetings with the ROGER team and offer his wide professional network for the dissemination of the project results.


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Claudia Doroholschi
Postdoctoral Researcher
Senior Lecturer
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timisoara, Romania

I am a lecturer and researcher in English language and literature at the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology of the West University of Timisoara, with an interest in academic writing, literature and creative writing. I have always taught writing in a way or another and have become increasingly interested in writing research in recent years. I am also the coordinator of the Centre for Academic and Professional Writing and have pursued research and teaching projects that aim to improve writing standards at my home institution.


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Loredana Bercuci
Postdoctoral Researcher

Junior Researcher
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timisoara, Romania

I am a junior researcher and instructor at the West University of Timisoara in Romania. I have recently earned a PhD in Philology, with a focus on American cultural studies and Media. My current research interests are English language teaching, namely English for Specific Purposes, corpus linguistic and cultural studies.

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Andreea Dincă
Student assistant

Doctoral Researcher
PhD Student
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timisoara, Romania

I am currently pursuing a PhD in applied corpus linguistics at the West University of Timisoara in Romania, my research concerns phraseology in Romanian Learner English writing in an academic setting. My wider research interests include Corpus Linguistics, Learner Corpus Research, Phraseology, Academic Writing, Computer-Assisted Language Learning.


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Roxana Rogobete
Posdoc grant

Research Assistant
Department of Romanian Studies
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timișoara, Romania

I am a researcher at the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology of the West University of Timișoara, interested in migration and intercultural literature. I finished my doctoral studies in 2017, focusing on German language migrant literature written after the Second World War. Other current research interests include digital literature, literature and social media, and Romanian literature.

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Adrian Cîntar
IT-support

Lecturer
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timisoara, Romania

I am a lecturer and researcher in Archaeology-related computer applications at the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology of the West University of Timisoara. I am interested in interdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.


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Cristian Hada
Administrative support
Secretary
Faculty of Chemistry, Biology and Geography
West University of Timisoara, Romania

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Cristina Oneț
Graphic Designer

With a master's degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication at the West University of Timisoara, I gathered international experience with a focus on Branding & Corporate Identity, Print Design, Digital Design, and Social Media Management. While also having an interest in UI / UX design & Illustration, I am constantly looking for learning opportunities.

I am happy to work on this project, because I enjoy interacting with the academic world and the transdisciplinary projects are raising curiosity and a sense of appreciation in me.

My is to take care of the visual identity of the project and make sure that it communicates, informs and inspires the audience.

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Adela-Diana Chindriș
Research Assistant

Research Assistant
Master’s Student (American Studies)
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timișoara, Romania

I am currently enrolled in an MA program of American Studies at the West University of Timișoara. While I was a BA student, I took part in many academic conferences, where I presented papers dealing with certain topics related to Romanian or English literature. I became a CODHUS volunteer last year and this is how I was introduced to corpus linguistics analysis. My research field specializes in identity studies, ethnic literature, digital literature and pop culture.

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Karla Csürös
Research Assistant

Research Assistant
Master’s Student (American Studies)
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timișoara, Romania

With a bachelor’s degree in Languages and Literatures (English/Romanian), I am currently an MA student in the American Studies program at the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology of the West University of Timișoara. My main interests would be literature, translation, linguistics, media, research and academic writing. I consider the ROGER Project to be a perfect medium in which I can put my theoretical knowledge into practice.

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Ciprian-Victor Meteș
Research Assistant

Research Assistant
Master’s Student (Theory and Practice of Translation)
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timișoara, Romania

As I was passionate about foreign languages since high school, I have studied Languages and Literatures: English-Romanian at the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology. I am currently an MA student at the same faculty and I am specialising in the Theory and practice of translation (English), because I also wanted to develop these translation skills. I have always enjoyed trying a little bit of everything and getting involved in numerous voluntary activities, taking part in contests or various projects. ROGER represents an opportunity through which I will improve my knowledge in the field of applied linguistics and it will allow me to implement the pieces of information from the two main topics that I have studied. I will learn a lot of new things in this project and I aim to contribute greatly to it.

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Kristian Miok
Computational Research Assistant

Computational Research Assistant
PhD Student (IT)
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science
West University of Timișoara, Romania

I’m a machine learning researcher at West University of Timisoara with a background in mathematics and statistical modeling. Within the ROGER project, I’m interested to investigate improving NLP models for English and Romanian languages. My research background is related to trustful text classification, developing applications that can identify hate speech, fake news, and subjectivity degree in texts.

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Florina-Maria Andercău
Research Grantee

Research Grantee
Bachelor Student (Ro-En)
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timișoara, Romania

I am a student in the second year at the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology of the West University of Timișoara, and I am passionate about linguistics and literary studies. I find it extremely interesting to study them using the new digital instruments which I discovered at ROGER. Digital linguistics  and the approach of literature through its perspective are, as I pleasantly found out in this wonderful team, domains of a bright future which we enjoy by presently building it.

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Elena-Mirabela Grama
Research Grantee

Research Grantee
Bachelor Student (En-It)
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timișoara, Romania

I am a second year BA student at the West University of Timisoara, studying English language and literature, as well as Italian language and literature. I first got involved in corpus linguistics research in my second semester of university and have become increasingly interested in the field since. I have a passion for literature, and look forward to learning new skills and applying them in my pursuit of further knowledge.

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Roxana-Delia Prohap
Research Grantee

Research Grantee
Bachelor Student (En-Ge)
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timișoara, Romania

I am currently a student at the Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, specialising in Languages and Literature. I am mostly passionate about languages and classic and contemporary literature. #DIGITTworld – Digital Linguistics Workshop powered by ROGER is the reason I became interested in corpus linguistics and digital humanities. I firmly believe that this project offers me the perfect opportunity to explore my fascination with words as well as extend my knowledge in the fields I am interested in.

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FORMER MEMBERS OF ROGER

Ioana Bostan
Research support

MA Student - The Theory and Practice of Translation
Faculty of Letters, History and Theology
West University of Timisoara, Romania

A language passionate, wisdom seeker, animal lover …and currently an MA student at the West University of Timisoara, specialising in the Theory and Practice of Translation. Prior to the ROGER project, I have gained work experience as a content writer, proofreader, occasionally a translator, a customer support agent, a teacher of English and French, while also trying to remain a keen reader of literature and an amateur photographer.


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Alexandru Foitoș
Research Assistant

Currently an MA student at Faculty of Letters, History and Theology, West University of Timișoara, specialising in Literature and culture: Romanian contexts, European contexts, my major interests are academic research in fields such as Romanian Literature, Stylistics and Poetics, Linguistics and Semantics, but also foreign languages and travelling. The experience that I have gained at different national and international colloquia, through writing several scientific papers that aimed to stylistically and micro-stylistically analyze different interesting structures and occurrences, led me to what is known as ROGER research project. In this project, the use of digital tools would facilitate the materialization of some quantitative studies in domains such as Literature, Stylistics or Poetic Lexicography.



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Maria Eșanu
Research Assistant

I am currently a BA student at the West University of Timișoara. I study Applied Modern Languages with a focus on translation and interpreting. My interest in research led me to this project and I am very enthusiastic about putting my skills into practice but also improving them in the course of my activity as a research assistant. My learning style consists of integrating knowledge from different fields, so the interdisciplinary approach of this project suits me perfectly.

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Veronica Vornicescu
Research Assistant

Bachelor in Applied Modern Languages (English-Russian) 2019. Currently, I am a Master student in the Human Resources Management UVT program. During my bachelor studies, I had the chance to be an Erasmus student, for one year (2017/2018), at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, where I attended the "Introduction to Corpus Linguistics" course, thus I came into contact with discipline-specific methods (for example: Sketch Engine Software).

Therefore, for the bachelor thesis, I chose the topic “The need for a specialized translator’s touch. Translating restaurant menus from Romanian to English.” The basis of the work consists of a corpus of menus and it was done by conducting field research. Thus, I became familiar with the method of manual compilation of corpus data, and at the same time, I stepped into the applied linguistics field.

For these reasons, I consider the opportunity of being a part of the ROGER team as an opportunity to pursue much knowledge in the linguistic field that arouses my interest. I am very glad to be part of the team and I intend to contribute substantially to its work.


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