Welcome to my professional homepage, which gathers all activities and resources of my past and current research."The prize is the pleasure of finding the thing out, the kick in the discovery, the observation that other people use it - those are the real things, the honors are unreal to me." (R. Feynman about the nobel prize)
Since 2017 I am holding the Chair of Data Science at the University of Passau, following a Professorship for Media Computer Science since 2012 (also at University of Passau). Before, I was Scientific Director of the Know-Center Graz (since 2010) and assistant professor at the Knowledge Technology Institute of Graz University of Technology (since 2008). In 2011, I had the pleasure to visit Mendeley Ltd as a Marie Curie Research Fellow working on machine learning and information retrieval in academic knowledge bases.
On my educational background: I studied Telematik at Graz University of Technology with special focus on Computational Intelligence and Biomedical Computer Science. After receiving my MsC in 2004 I obtained a PhD degree, passed with distinction, in technical science in 2006 under the supervision of Prof. Klaus Tochtermann and Prof. Hermann Maurer. In parallel to my MsC and PhD studies, I worked as R&D project manager and later as division manager for Knowledge Discovery at the Know-Center Graz (2001-2010), where I conducted and managed projects on automatic text classification, text retrieval in millions of documents and visualisation of several million documents. Before this, I was involved in several database projects at JOANNEUM RESEARCH Austria in particular the development of the IMDAS platform for museums and libraries.
The on-going data deluge has been the main driver for my research. I am particularly interested in intelligent methods for extracting knowledge from unstructured or semi-structured media (e.g. text, images, social media, linked data) through exploiting synergies between man and machine