I am the CAROLL Research Group Leader (supported by the BMBF program for Women in AI), at the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics of the University of Passau, Germany.

In April 2023, I took a role of interim Professor of Legal Informatics and NLP at the Faculty of Law, University of Passau.

My research interests lie in the broad area of Natural Language Processing (NLP). I am especially interested in Computational Rhetoric, i.e. processing of non-literal language and detection of rhetorical figures, applied to Sentiment Analysis, Offensive language modelling and detection, Legal Tech, Argumentation Mining and other areas of NLP.

I live in Passau with my husband, two children, the world's calmest Jack Russell Terrier, Penny, and her younger, not so calm protégé, Bella.

My name is Serbian and has a diacritic at the last letter: Jelena Mitrović (Mitrovi\'{c})


Most recent activities

Recent publications

Projects and grants

  • BMBF KI Campus funding scheme - PI in the University of Passau project Deep Write - duration 4 years, project start December 2021.
  • BMBF funded Junior Research Group Leader - CARROL group, Computational Rhetoric in Social Media and Law, 1,9 M euro in funding, 4 years, project start October 2020 .
  • PI in the DAAD Exchange Program between Serbia and Germany for Multilingual Hate-Speech Detection, HasDet, 2020 - 2021.
  • Bayerische Gleichstellungsförderung Stipendium zur Förderung der Chancengleichheit für Frauen in Forschung und Lehre - April 2019, University of Passau
  • Überbrückungsförderung für exzellente Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen – March 2018, University of Passau
  • Research Grant issued by the IC 1207 COST Action for a research visit at the Institute for Language and Speech Processing in Athens, Greece.
  • Travel and research grants awarded in the scope of the PARSEME project, for meetings in Athens 2014, Valetta 2015, Dubrovnik 2016.
  • Travel and research grant for the Summer School on Machine Translation in La Rochelle, 2016.


  • Text Mining Project(MSc and BSc) – Summer 2017, Winter 2017, Summer 2018, Summer 2019, University of Passau
  • Information Retrieval and NLP (Msc and Bsc) – Winter 2018,Winter 2019 University of Passau
  • Advanced Data Science Seminar (Msc and Bsc) - Summer 2021, University of Passau
  • Machine Learnig Seminar - since Summer 2020 - a monthly seminar co-organized with chairs of Data Science, Applied Machine learning, Chair of Digital Image Processing and the Institute of Software Systems in Technical Applications of Computer Science (FORWISS)
  • Digital Text I and II (BSc) – Winter 2014, University of Belgrade
  • Multimedia Project (BSc) – Summer 2013, Winter 2013, Summer 2014 - University of Belgrade
  • Lexical Recognition in Natural Language Processing (Msc) – Summer 2014, University of Belgrade
  • Seminar on Linguistic Linked Open Data – University of Belgrade - Summer 2014


  • J. Mitrović, “Neural Language Models for Abusive Language Detection“, keynote speech at the French-German Summerschool on AI with Industry 2021 organized by the University of Passau, Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay and with the support from Siemens AI Lab.
  • J. Mitrović, “Hate Speech Detection - not an easy Feat!“, invited talk at 10 Minuten Soziologie zum Thema Stress, University of Passau.
  • J. Mitrović, “Computational rhetoric in Social Media – have we all become rhetoricians?”, invited lecture at the Waterloo.ai Institute Seminar, University of Waterloo, Canada, March 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19).
  • J. Mitrović, “Abusive Language Detection in Social Media”, invited talk at the Passau Data Science Summit, PasDas, April 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19).
  • J. Mitrović, “Python for Natural Language Processing”, invited talk at the PyCon conference, the 1st Balkan conference dedicated to Python programming, Belgrade, Serbia, November 18th, 2018.
  • J. Mitrović, “Ontologies for the Humanities”, invited tutorial at the University of Waterloo, Canada, November 12th, 2018.
  • J. Mitrović, “Building ontologies of rhetorical figures”, Computing Figures, Figuring Computers III – A Workshop in Computational Rhetoric”, University of Waterloo, Canada, invited tutorial, June 2018.
  • J. Mitrović, “Ontology of Rhetorical Figures and its application to MWE research”, School of Computer Science, University of Valletta, Malta, invited talk, March 2015.
  • J. Mitrović, “Linguistic Linked Open Data Paradigm”, Seminar of the Society for Language Technologies and Resources, Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade, Serbia, May, 2015.
  • J. Mitrović, “Processing of Rhetorical Figures for Serbian – Tools, Lexical resources and Implementation”, Computing Figures, Figuring Computers II – A Workshop in Computational Rhetoric”, University of Waterloo, Canada, invited talk, August 2016.

Functions and Memberships

  • PI in the University of Passau Project "Deep Write" in the scope of the KI Campus funding scheme.
  • Member of the Board of Scientific Directors of the Rhetoricon project (University of Waterloo, Canada).
  • Management Committe Member of the COST Action Nexus Linguarum.
  • Organizer of the Abusive language dataset annotation workshop in Skopje, North Macedonia, as part of NexusLinguarum COST Action.
  • Member of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
  • ACL SIGLEX-MWE Standing Committee nominated officer, since September 2018.
  • Founding Member of the Language Resources and Technology Group, University of Belgrade,Serbia.
  • Quality reviewer for EU Project deliverables of the SSIX project https://ssix-project.eu/public-deliverables/
  • Quality reviewer of the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition working document about Artificial Intelligence and Copyright law.
  • Program Committee Member at KEYSTONE 2015, KEYSTONE 2017, ACL 2019, ACL 2020, EMNLP-IJCNLP 2019, NAACL-HLT 2019, 34th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2020, Natural Legal Language Processing Workshop 2020, AACL-IJCNLP 2020, EMNLP 2020, SemEval 2020, OffensEval 2020, 35th AAAI Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2021, IEEE CIC 2021, NLLP Workshop 2021, HASOC @ FIRE 2021, ACL Rolling Review 2022.
  • Organizer and Program Committee chair of the MWE-WN Workshop at ACL 2019, and MWE-LEX at COLING 2020.
  • Senior project supervisor at the Basis Independent Silicon Valley School, California, USA.
  • Reviewer for the Journal of Natural Language Engineering published by Cambridge University Press, Infotheca Journal for Digital Humanities, and PLOS ONE.

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