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  • Dr. Christoph Kling and Christian Hachenberg, both former employees of the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST), founded datapeutics together with Dr. Alexander Zien. datapeutics supports health insurance companies, pharmacies and various digital health providers in the education of patients with personalized, patient-friendly information about drugs, with a focus on side effects. In doing so, datapeutics provides practical added value and helps the provider to increase the attractiveness of its own offer as well as customer retention.

  • WeST staff member Zeyd Boukhers, former employee of the Research Group for Pattern Recognition at the University of Siegen, successfully defended his dissertation on September 26, 2017. The topic of his dissertation is "3D Trajectory Extraction from 2D Videos for Human Activity Analysis". His research dealt with the problem of extracting three-dimensional trajectories of objects from two-dimensional vidoes. These trajectories symbolise high-level interpretations of human activities. The dissertation was supervised by Prof. Dr. -Ing. habil.

  • Christoph Kling, former employee of the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST), won the University award for his dissertation on "Probabilistic Models for Context in Social Media". His work dealt with the identification of topics from documents. He succeeded in precisely determining these topics by combining topic models with contextual data such as geographical location, time, etc. He was supervised by Prof. Steffen Staab from the WeST Institute. The price has been awarded by Wirtschafts- und Wissenschaftsallianz Koblenz.

  • Social bots try to influence us in our opinion-forming on the Internet. But we ourselves sometimes get in the way of an objective collection of information. The President of the Landtag, Hendrik Hering, Prof. Maria Wimmer and JProf. Tobias Rothmund from the research focus E-Democracy discussed together with the audience of Democracy Day Rhineland-Palatinate how these processes work and what we can do to prevent them.

  • The Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) has four open positions in new research projects in various fields like machine learning, data mining and ontology reasoning. See for details.

  • In the summer of 2016, the WSTNet Web Science'16 Summer School was held at the University of Koblenz. Its broad programme included keynotes, tutorials and project work in various areas of Web Science. All keynotes and tutorials are available at

  • Social media also play an interesting role in the upcoming German Bundestag elections. There, politicians, citizens and organizations participate in political discourses. Especially before an election, the trends to be recognized in the social media can be very revealing. One goal of WeST's E-Democracy project is to identify and analyze relevant discourses on political issues in the social media.

  • The network ITK & Neue Medien serves as a communication platform and representation of interests for ITK companies in the Koblenz region. The meetings of the network are a lively exchange between companies and experts from research and development. The next meeting of the network will take place on Thursday, 14 September 2017 at 6 pm at the University of Koblenz (Building E, Room E113). Prof. Dr. Steffen Staab will present the Institute for Web Science and Technologies as well as the highly discussed topic of artificial intelligence.

  • Keya Kasham and Roman Sokolov, two students in Master Web Science won second place together with three other members at the startup weekend 2017 in Koblenz with their idea for the sales machine Eggcellent. This machine should enable people to have a quick breakfast by means of an app. Meanwhile, the team is working on the implementation of a prototype. An exact target group still has to be defined for this purpose.

  • In August 2017, the Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST) received the Best Student Paper Award for their work on understanding cognitive load when typing with eye gaze. The work focuses on the need to understand cognitive load along with other metrics that is conventional when conducting eye typing experiments. This work is a part of the EU Project MAMEM that aims to help users with neuromuscular conditions operating various computer applications.



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