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  • The start-up EYEVIDO and the WeST - Institute for Web Science and Technologies at the University of Koblenz-Landau will investigate the future of usability studies with eye tracking and interaction analysis over the next two and a half years. In their joint research project GazeMining, they will develop efficient solutions that enable and simplify eye-tracking and mouse analyses on highly dynamic websites.

  • The recently granted EU project CUTLER aims to shift the existing paradigm of policy making in coastal areas, which is largely based on intuition, towards an evidence-driven approach enabled by big data. In the second week of January 2018, the kick-off meeting brought together the 15 international project partners in Thessaloniki/Greece. WeST was represented by Dr.

  • The WeST team behind the Web browser GazeTheWeb has reached the final of the Digital Imagination Challenge with their idea for digital inclusion. The competition is aimed at projects or start-ups that include people with disabilities in the digital world and make digital media available to them. The finalists will be invited to a two-day boot camp in Berlin in January, receive a four-week support program and will present their planning for the commercial future of their project in February, during which the prizes will be awarded.

  • 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.



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